Gin Blossoms in the snow: Squaw Valley presents Get Outside Festival |

Gin Blossoms in the snow: Squaw Valley presents Get Outside Festival

Gin Blossoms play free at Saturday's Get Outside Festival at Squaw Valley

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – Squaw Valley’s new ski season includes an event to celebrate a new chairlift, two new stores and a remodeled bar. The alternative rock band the Gin Blossoms will perform free.

The Get Outside Festival is Saturday, Dec. 22.

“We’re celebrating the designation by the esteemed and venerable Outside Magazine as the No. 1 resort in North America,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “However, as we celebrate, we see the importance of driving awareness and support towards both a global and also a local benevolent cause perspective.”

The “global” designee for this event is the American Himalayan Foundation which was founded by Sir Edmund Hilary and Dick Blum. Its work in preventing the trafficking of young women from the Himalayan region and building of schools and hospitals is nothing short of remarkable. The “local” designee, Tahoe Fund, builds tremendous support and funding to restore and enhance the extraordinary natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Get Outside Festival will start off with the grand opening of Big Blue Express, a high-speed chairlift, which has replaced the old High Camp chairlift. The base terminal of Big Blue Express starts where the base of the High Camp lift was formerly located, but unlike the old chair, the new lift extends to the top of the Shirley Lake ridgeline – providing improved access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairlifts, as well as access to expanded intermediate terrain. The grand opening of Big Blue Express will take place at 10 a.m. at the lift’s lower terminal.

The Gin Blossoms play at the KT Base Bar at 2 p.m. The Gin Blossoms defined the post grunge pop rock experience with “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and the Top Ten Billboard pop hits “Till I Hear It From You” and “Follow You Down.” Today, the band continues to produce successful albums and tour around the country. Admission to the Gin Blossoms concert will be free, though a donation to support the American Himalayan Foundation at the door is appreciated.

The Get Outside Festival will wrap up with the Grand Opening of Olympic Plaza Bar starting at 7 p.m. Squaw’s Olympic Plaza Bar has been completely remodeled to offer a new upscale, mountain contemporary atmosphere for table service dining during lunch and apres ski. With $300,000 in renovations, the redesigned Olympic Plaza Bar pays tribute to the resort’s Olympic heritage and features new comfortable, rustic-chic lodge furniture that will be perfect for relaxing after a day on the slopes.