Show up at Squaw Valley — the ski resort just a few miles above Lake Tahoe — on a July afternoon and you may be walloped by heat. If anyone's tackling the ski resort's peaks, it's most likely mountain bikers or hikers.
That, though, might change this summer, following a season of head-spinning snow totals: Squaw got so much of the white stuff that its management now say the resort may be open through the summer months: "It’s been an incredible winter, an unprecedented winter — all the different words you can use preceded a lot of times by expletives. It’s just amazing," Squaw CEO Andy Wirth told Truckee Tahoe Radio.
The resort had already projected a closure on July 4; Wirth said he hopes to keep open the Shirley lift, which serves a back-side, west-facing slope that gets more snow than its brethren.
So how much snow did Squaw get, after all is said and totaled up? Seven hundred inches. It looks like this: