News: Squaw Valley Announces Details Of $50 Million Capital Improvements

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California's Squaw Valley is investing $50 million into the resort over the next five years and the details of the investment are starting to emerge. Some of the initial improvements include upgrading their lift infrastructure and naming their trails for the first time ever. Check out some of the details below and click through to the press release for everything they're doing. In the comments below, tell us what you think would make good trail names.

From Squaw's Press Release:

While known for our legendary terrain, Squaw Valley is embarking on a renaissance. We've listened to you, our guests, to figure out what we can do to make Squaw Valley USA the place you want to be. We've discovered some interesting things and we are excited to share with you the changes we are making based on what you've told us.

Last December we announced that we would spend $50 million on capital improvements and we know many of you are curious about how we are going to spend that money. We are excited to share with you these preliminary details for the first year of our capital campaign, which we are calling Squaw's Renaissance...

...As part of the five year capital improvement plan, Squaw Valley will be installing two new high-speed detachable lifts—one lift replacing Granite Chief servicing intermediate and advanced terrain, and the other lift replacing the High Camp chairlift. The existing High Camp chairlift will be refurbished and reinstalled in a new location with improved alignment. These new lifts, slated to open for the 2012-13 winter season, will have an uphill capacity of 7,200 skiers per hour, allowing skiers and riders to spend less time on the lifts and more time on the mountain...

...The lift upgrades and expanded intermediate groomed runs are designed to maximize the resort’s terrain by ability level. The newly aligned Links and High Camp express chairlifts have been engineered to accommodate the natural fall lines of the High Camp area slopes, allowing beginner and intermediate skiers to easily enjoy all of the terrain that the area has to offer. The improvements will make the area ideal for teaching beginner lessons, allowing new skiers and riders to easily make their first turns of many overlooking beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada.

The resort’s new express Granite Chief chairlift will similarly enable intermediate-advanced and advanced skiers and riders to spend less time on the lift and more time floating through the trees, steeps and natural terrain features that make this area some of the most beloved on the mountain....

Click Here To Read The Full Press Release

A glimpse at one of the many insane days at Squaw last season:

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