Archive for ‘Mountain News’

Opening Weekend

Opening weekend is bittersweet for us. We have the whole mountain to ourselves during set-up. We go from lifties, groomers, snow makers, and patrollers to all of the above and two thousand of our closest friends. We’ve shifted gears from skiing with signs and bamboo to customer service and medical …Read More

Posted by —November 29th, 2010

The True Meaning of Opening Day

“You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” —Joe DiMaggio Whether you’re a baseball fan, horse track gambler, hunter, or in …Read More

Posted by —November 21st, 2010

Patrol training

Our first week of training culminated with Sourdough Weekend. Our volunteer staff helps immensely during busy periods. We often have a big variance in ticket sales from weekdays to weekends. Without the Volunteers we would not be able to open the Headwall or the Moneys nearly as often. They dig …Read More

Posted by —November 13th, 2010

Roaring to Go

It never fails. The blank and rather stunned look on people’s faces when I say, “As a matter of fact, we do have snowmaking at Alyeska.” The fact we live along one of the most beautiful stretches of open water, located in the northern-most coastal temperate rain forest does not …Read More

Posted by —October 30th, 2010

The final countdown

Squaw Valley recently hosted ISSW 2010. The International Snow Science Workshop is billed as a “merging of theory and practice.” That means those of us that work on snow day in and day out share what we see in our daily duties and the scientists run experiments to see what …Read More

Posted by —October 27th, 2010