[Olympic Valley, Calif.] November 20, 2012 - Squaw Valley sent out a press release saying that the resort will be opening additional terrain this Thanksgiving Day and throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Squaw Valley will be opening 13 lifts including seven lifts on the upper mountain - a rare occasion this early in the season. This will be the first time in ten years that Squaw Valley has opened Emigrant chairlift, located on one of Squaw's highest peaks, for Thanksgiving Day.
The 13 lifts that are scheduled to be open Thanksgiving Day include the Funitel, Gold Coast Express, Shirley Lake Express, Emigrant, Solitude, Mountain Meadow, Belmont, Bailey's Beach, the Aerial Tram, Squaw Creek, Red Dog, the Tucker carpet at SnoVentures and the Murphy carpet at Squaw Kids. The Belmont terrain park will also be open, offering 10 small to medium features.*
Squaw Valley is able to open the upper mountain thanks to the great early season snowfall and the resorts' vastly improved snowmaking system. So far, Mother Nature has delivered 84 inches or 7 feet of snow to the resort's upper mountain since October 22. Cold temperatures at higher elevations have also allowed the resort to make additional snow on the upper mountain, creating a solid base for skiing and riding this Thanksgiving.
In addition to skiing and riding, guests can also enjoy mountaintop ice skating at High Camp this Thanksgiving. Squaw Valley's ice rink is located at 8,200 feet and offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. The ice rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.