Since the Reno-Gazette Journal article published December 4, 2015 entitled “Squaw-Alpine Boss Looks to Turn Page on “Divisive” Fight”, February was event filled at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The legal battle with Olympic Valley Group ended with the announcement that the petition was withdrawn after the California Local Agency Formation Commission concluded that incorporating Olympic Valley was not financially viable, but there are still natural challenges that are being addressed by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, namely climate change. However, February seems to be the month to celebrate heroes and the community.
To start the month off, on President’s Day, Cape Productions increased their hours of operation to five days a week, from Thursday to Monday and will continue to operate the rest of the ski season. There drone video filming operations only operated during Dawn Patrol sessions which offered the guests the opportunity to enjoy mornings on the mountains before the day officially began. Visitors can be filmed by a drone and handheld camera for $99 on Knob Hill run. The video package will include 2 runs and a professionally edited highlight video to be published on a secure personal webpage to share with friends and family.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows hosted the 7th annual Kid-O-Rama February 13 through 20, a week long family friendly tradition that includes Big Truck Day, Light Up Night, Kids S’mores Apres Party and Belgium Mountain Adventure Scavenger Hunt. There will also be Valentine’s Day events including Farm to Table Dinner and Movie Series that featured a four course meal prepared by Squaw Valley chefs in a partnership with the Tahoe Food Hub and local farmers. Cinderella showed on the big screen at 5 pm and Silver Linings Playbook at 8 pm. The Wildflour Valentine’s Poetry contest and Cookie Decorating was held February 13 and 14. The Wildflour Poetry Contest has been held in Olympic House since 1983 and Wildflour personalized and decorated heart shaped chocolate cookies for $12. The KT Base Bar Deck had live music by Coburn Station from 1 to 4 pm and there was a kids deck party and cookie happy hour at Alpine Meadows from 1 to 3 pm. February 20 offer the first annual Oakley Grom Jam for kids 11 and under. The mini terrain park competition was free and held at the Belmont Terrain Park. Every competitor received a prize and there were special prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Family fun and Valentine’s Day were the center of these festivities.
February 24 to the 27 were celebration days for Achieve Tahoe, a non-profit that provides specialized ski and snowboard instructions for physically, emotionally and intellectually challenged individual. The Ability Celebration Snow Sports Camp For Injured Veterans was a four day event hosted at Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Northstar resorts and culminated with the 22nd Annual Ability Bash Fundraiser. CEO Andy Wirth acted as Master of Ceremonies Saturday at the Alpine Meadow Lodge. This year 20 veterans participated in specialized instructions including adaptive skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. These free instructions provided private lessons designed to support the veterans physical therapy, build their confidence, support their emotional well-being and help with re-integrating into their communities. Spouses, family and friends also participate in activities, provided support and offered encouragement. Andy Wirth express gratitude for Achieve Tahoe, its board, leadership team and volunteers as a non-profit based on their mountains and its value to the company, industry and community. During the month of February, it seems like the page has been turned and the book closed. Visit the Squaw Alpine events page for future events.