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Opening Day at Squaw

Squaw Valley will crank the lifts on November 21, with opening ceremonies that include skier and BASE jumper, J.T Holmes, leaping from the Cable Car and a champagne toast with Johnny Moseley.
posted: 11/13/2009
JT BASE Jumping
by Molly Baker

Squaw Valley is as old as the beatnik movement, Elvis, and jukeboxes, but in the realm of longevity, Squaw survives the legacy of these pop culture trends. Ten years after opening on Thanksgiving day in 1949, the resort hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and since then Squaw has fabricated a world of extreme skiing, producing athletes such as Shane McConkey, J.T Holmes, Johnny Moseley, and Michelle Parker.

Celebrate opening day and Squaw’s 60-year anniversary on November 21with professional big-mountain freeskier and BASE jumper, J.T Holmes, as he BASE jumps from the Cable Car. In addition to the anniversary festivities and skiing, ice-skating, tubing, and a DJ on the Plaza Deck complete the celebration.

For an enhanced perspective on J.T.’s jump from the Cable Car, Squaw offers rides to High Camp leaving the base area every 20 minutes. All lift tickets provide access to the Cable Car and prices will vary depending on the number of lifts open. Currently, the resort plans on, at a minimum, running Exhibition and the Papoose lift. Skiing starts at 9 a.m.

Squaw Valley’s Savannah Cowley says, “We are seeing cold temperatures for the next four or five days and we were just blanketed with five inches at the base, so snow making should continue and we might be looking at opening more terrain than expected.”







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