OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - Skiers and riders were invited to make their first turns today at Squaw Valley for a special, one-day Welcome Winter Fundraiser in celebration of the significant pre-season snowfall and to help raise funds for the newly formed Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation. The first storm of the season dumped more than 3 feet of snow on Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. This is the earliest Squaw Valley has been open to the public for skiing and riding on record (since 1960). In celebration of this good fortune, Squaw Valley spun the Searchlight chairlift Thursday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to offer skiing and riding with a $20 lift ticket with all proceeds benefiting Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation.* More than $10,000 was raised for the Foundation."With the excitement of this abundant first snowfall we want to give our customers a taste of winter," said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.The Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation is dedicated to supporting young amateur athletes interested in developing skills in snow sports through participation in a Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows competitive or non-competitive ski or snowboard team. The foundation was created to help with financial assistance to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows snow sport team athletes who either have a financial need or have achieved a higher level of competition, which requires extensive travel and specialized training programs. Additionally, the foundation will provide financial support for coach continuing education programs with the goal of increasing the quality of coaching, instruction and development of athletes.Remember, if you want more than a taste of winter, Tahoe Super Pass as prices are guaranteed through Nov. 5. Starting at $429 for adults, the Tahoe Super Pass offers season-long access to 6,000 acres, 43 lifts and more than 270 trails at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The resorts' first-ever unrestricted college pass starts at $389. Both the Tahoe Super Pass and the College Tahoe Super Pass are available for purchase at www.tahoesuperpass.com.*$10 voluntary donation for passholders and Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will match the $10 donation. This event was a one-day, special event. Official opening day is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Squaw Valley and Dec. 7 at Alpine Meadows.For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit www.squaw.com or www.skialpine.com or call 1-800-403-0206.