Today was a classic powder day at Squaw Valley USA. 16″ of fresh snow graced Squaw’s desirable slopes. The line up for the Funitel was large. The rush into the Funitel building was chaotic. The cramming into the actual Funitel was sardine-like.
Once freed from the heinous Funitel ride, things re-normalized. The ride up Siberia revealed a Palisades that was prime and ready for ski bases. The Reverse Traverse opened at 9am along with the Palisades, which was weird and something I’d never seen before. There were certainly a few close calls as skiers came mobbing out of the Palisades and had to thread the needle between traversing Reverse Traversers.
Patrol was letting people ski Headwall down the Mountain Run to the base, which was very cool considering Mountain Run has been closed for a couple weeks.
The Chimney was closed and the Palisades closed after two runs. The Tube was great. Aaron Fox, who hasn’t skied the Chimney this season, hit the biggest air of the day just skier’s left of The Tube. Extra Chute was mellow and happy and frequented. We did one Reverse Traverse and skied Hogsback to Siberia. Hogsback was fun.
By the time we’d gotten to Granite it was pretty beaten up and had a long line. Corkscrew still held great fall-line skiing. We did a few laps there before the line became overly abrasive.
We cruised back to Siberia and the line wasn’t small because the Gold Coast chair was broken. We did three more laps on Siberia before doing a Reverse Traverse to Cornice II to Mountain Run. This was my favorite run of the day. Deep, completely fresh snow and nowhere to go but down.
Once down, we stayed down. It was 1pm and we were more than satisfied and tired of waiting in line.
Tomorrow will be another great day.