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Squaw Valley, California

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley     Photo: Scott Markewitz/Aurora

After getting hammered with a record 811 inches of snow last season—241 in March alone—Squaw becomes even more powder-friendly this year: digital information boards will report when runs and lifts open (catch 50-degree Headwall right after the rope drops); on-mountain restaurant Funi’s will feature grab-and-go food; and a ski-rental fleet of ultrawide K2 Pon2oons will keep ­everyone floating high. Stay at the Village at Squaw Valley (doubles from $179; thevillage­atsquaw.com), which features cozy rooms with real fireplaces and is just steps from the resort. Smart Idea: In ­September, execs at Squaw and Alpine Meadows, which are separated by a single ridgeline, ­announced the smartest plan in skiing this year—a ­merger. Starting this year, you can ski “Squalpine” on one lift ticket.

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