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Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows announce 2012-13 season pass pricing

Sun Staff report

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows announced Tuesday their season pass prices for the 2012-13 season, as well as the next stage of improvement plans.

Starting at $399 for renewing passholders and $429 for new passes, the 2012-13 Tahoe Super Pass offers beginner, intermediate and expert terrain across 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, 270-plus trails and six terrain parks at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Those who purchase a Gold or Silver season pass before May 7 will lock in the guaranteed best prices as well as benefits.

The 2012-13 winter season marks the second year of Squaw Valleyand#8217;s Renaissance and#8212; the five-year, $50 million capital improvement plan both on and off the mountain. Improvements for year two of the renaissance include a high-speed, detachable, six-person chairlift, redesigned High Camp beginner learning area, and improved snowmaking.

The current High Camp chairlift will be removed and replaced with a longer high-speed, six-pack lift, providing quick and easy access to the Shirley Lake, Granite Chief and Solitude terrain as well as provide faster access to Squawand#8217;s terrain parks. An existing lift will be realigned to improve the High Camp beginner ski and snowboard experience. Squaw also will be significantly improving snowmaking.

and#8220;We know how important it is for our guests to enjoy a wide variety of terrain, even in the early weeks of winter,and#8221; said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. and#8220;We are investing many millions of dollars into snowmaking upgrades, which will enable us to open Mountain Run and the upper mountain more reliably.and#8221;

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Skiers and riders who purchase their 2012-13 season pass before May 7 can get a jumpstart on its use. New pass purchasers will be able to ski and ride for free starting April 1 through the end of the season as an added season pass benefit. Both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are scheduled to remain open daily for skiing and riding through April 29 and Alpine Meadows is scheduled to remain open Friday through Sunday through May 13, conditions permitting.

GOLD – $729 (Renewal Rate: $699): Skiers and riders can take full advantage of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows every day of the 2012-13 winter season with the gold pass option. The Gold Pass is the most and#8220;bang for your buckand#8221; season pass. No restrictions.

SILVER – $499 (Renewal Rate: $469): Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; Silver Pass is valid daily, excluding select holiday dates. It is ideal for those looking to ski weekends.

BRONZE – $429 (Renewal Rate: $399): Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; most inexpensive pass is ideal for those who can navigate a more restricted pass. Bronze passholders are able to enjoy up to 15 Saturdays throughout the winter season. The pass is not valid during select holiday dates and Saturdays in January and February.

COLLEGE – $379 (Renewal Rate: $349): Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; College Pass is valid daily, excluding select holiday dates. The College Pass is available to all full-time college students (12 credits or more) at accredited colleges and universities.

YOUNG ADULT and#8211; Ages 13-22: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; Young Adult rates are available for ages 13-22, the largest young adult age range in the Tahoe region. Young Adult rates are as follows: Gold – $559; Silver – $379; Bronze- $319. Renewal rates for 2012-2013 Young Adult season passholders are as follows: Gold – $529; Silver – $349; Bronze- $299.

CHILD and#8211;Ages 5-12: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; child rates are available for ages 5-12 (4 and under ski for free). Child rates are as follows: Gold – $259; Silver – $219. Renewal rates are as follows: Gold – $239; Silver – $199.

Season passes can be purchased online at http://www.tahoesuperpass.com.