Summer skiing? Squaw Valley extends season to July amid record snowfall in Tahoe-Area

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced they're extending their ski season through July 7. 

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced Wednesday that skiers can celebrate the nation’s independence on their slopes, with plans to operate the Tahoe-area ski resort extended until July 7. 

Squaw officials made the announcement as they anticipated a milestone. By the end of Wednesday, the resort expects to reach 50-feet of snowfall for the season so far. 

Last week, the already record-breaking snow conditions prompted Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood to extend their season through mid-to-late April. 

The National Weather Service advised motorists Wednesday to be cautious if traveling to the Sierra. Snow levels are expected to drop below 5,000 feet with an additional foot of snow likely to fall Thursday. Travelers should be prepared for delays, chain controls and potential road closures. 

Mammoth Mountain in the Central Sierra Nevada said last month they’re welcoming summer skiing, too. They plan to keep lifts open until at least July 4.

The Department of Water Resources announced last week the Sierra snowpack is 153 percent above average. A manual measurement taken at the 3rd Phillips Station, east of Echo Summit at the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, recorded 113” of snow depth with a snow water equivalent of 43.5” statewide. 

KTVU reported this story from Oakland.