Squaw Valley: Latest Sierra storm ups season snowfall total past 500 inches | SierraSun.com

Squaw Valley: Latest Sierra storm ups season snowfall total past 500 inches

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; In the midst of another significant storm, Squaw Valley USA has received more than 500 inches and#8212; 43 feet and#8212; of snowfall this season, the resort announced Wednesday.

Squaw Valley received 2 feet of snow in the last 24 hours, officials said, bringing the seasonand#8217;s totals to 518 inches. After a brief respite, a colder storm is expected to deliver an additional 1 to 2 above 7,000 feet this weekend, with snow showers predicted through Tuesday.

The 500-inch-plus benchmark has only been reached three times in the past 13 years, according to a Squaw press release, and never before April.

and#8220;With more than a month and a half remaining in Squaw Valleyand#8217;s 2010-11 winter season, the new snow is setting the Lake Tahoe resort up for a truly phenomenal spring skiing season,and#8221; the resort said.

The resort and#8212; which boasts Lake Tahoeand#8217;s longest winter season with a scheduled closing date of May 8, 2011 and#8212; has a current base of 203 inches.

For a full breakdown of snowfall at Squaw this season, visit http://www.squaw.com/snowfall-tracker-2010-11.

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