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Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are proud to announce nearly $24 million in capital improvements for the 2012-13 winter season.
New snowmaking upgrades will significantly improve efficiency, making it possible to generate more snow faster – delivering better surface conditions earlier in the season. As a result, park features will be created and additional terrain will become accessible sooner. Upgrades will include computer-driven automation to control the snowmaking operation. The automated system monitors a range of data (e.g. temperature, humidity, flow, etc.) making it possible to configure the operation of specific snowmaking units based on conditions in that area. This greatly improves snowmaking efficiency, resulting in a larger quantity of higher quality snow in a shorter period of time.
With the recent partnership between Alpine Meadows and Snow Park Technologies (SPT), skiers and riders can look forward to continued terrain park improvements and an enhanced park experience throughout the winter season. Snow Park Technologies is renowned in the terrain park business with 15 years of experience designing parks for major resorts and events nationwide including the Dew Tour and Winter X Games.
One of the most exciting changes to the terrain park experience is the expansion of the medium and large park. The combined parks, from Terry’s Return to Dancefloor, will offer an entire mile-long park run making it the longest terrain park run in the Tahoe region. Also brand new this year, there will be a beginner progression park on Subway where lessons will be available. Guests eating out on the sundeck can enjoy the view of skiers and riders testing out their skills at a new base area jib arena.
Alpine is partnering with Burton and their acclaimed Learn to Ride (LTR) program for winter 2012-13. Burton’s LTR program is designed to make learning to snowboard fun and easy by combining proven teaching methodologies with beginner-specific equipment. As part of the LTR program, Squaw will be offering specially designed equipment for beginner snowboarders (both kids and adults). Burton’s LTR catch-free technology helps establish control and confidence which ultimately leads to linking turns faster. LTR boards feature a softer flex, radical sidecut and forgiving edge bevel, all of which are designed to reduce the likelihood of catching an edge. Along the same lines, LTR boots and bindings are extremely comfortable with softer flexing, allowing the rider to more easily guide the board into a turn.
The ticket office has been reconfigured, complete with an improved look and streamlined customer experience by providing a centralized place for guest information and products. The ticket office will have seven windows, including an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible level window, enhancing the efficiency of ticket operation and improving the customer experience by providing one-stop shopping for a variety of Alpine’s services and packages including tickets, passes, and lessons.