15 Feet of January Snowfall Breaks 45-Year Record

Squaw Valley, CA – We’ve spent much time this month sharing stories of the ridiculous amount of snow that’s been falling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Now, a 45-year record has fallen as well.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows officials told us this afternoon that the 15 feet of snow that has fallen at the resort at Lake Tahoe since the beginning of the New Year has officially topped its 45-year historic record for January snowfall of 175 inches, set during the 1981-82 season. The resort has already reached two-thirds of its average annual snowfall of 450 inches with months still left to go in the season.

After several days shuttered by the blizzard, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is now open with top to bottom skiing and riding at both mountains. Terrain will continue to open as resort teams work hard to dig out buried chairlifts.

As the Martin Luther King holiday begins, skiers and riders are encouraged to arrive early—resort operations teams will aim to open lifts at 8:30 am on popular weekends and holidays whenever possible. Available parking has been reduced due to snow storage resulting from the storm. Free premier POW Parking will be available to guests arriving with four or more people in their vehicle. TART’s Free Ski Shuttles will also offer free weekend and holiday service.

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