Sister resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California have launched a number of new initiatives offering new ways to explore the resort’s slopes.
The first idea is an innovative new digital “zone map” of the two centres which breaks their combined 6,000 acres into 14 easyto-navigate areas for every rider in the family. The zones comprise groupings of terrain designed to help guests ski and ride in areas that have the terrain that is just right for them. Zone descriptions include terrain details, highlights, difficulty level and directions to get to the zone easily. The zones are easy to explore on the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website and mobile app.
The second idea is to offer a solution to the current problem faced by drone fans and ski resorts, that unregulated drone use on the slopes is potentially dangerous and is thus banned at most ski areas, by offering a professional drone filming service before the slopes open to everyone else at 9am. The service is being offered by Cape Productions, which has special authorisation to operate drones from the Federal Aviation Administration and offers to film guests from 8am to 9am. The company’s professional videographers utilise overhead drone technology as well as handheld cameras to film individuals or groups; then within 48 hours they condense the one-hour filming session to a two-minute highlight reel priced at $149.