Squaw Valley 11/30 Conditions
The skiing at Squaw Valley was really, really good on Friday. The recent storm finally came through and dumped on the mountain, and Squaw was able to open up Red Dog, Squaw Creek, and Shirley Lake chairlifts, along with Mountain Run halfway through the day.
I headed straight up the Funitel to Shirley Lake. Despite arriving about 15-30 minutes after opening, I was able to find a fresh line right under chairline, and the snow was great – definitely deep enough to not hit dirt. I only found a few rocks and small trees under the powder, but that was when I was dipping into the trees on the sides of runs.
Every chair ride was enjoyable, as skiers were showing off on the Shirley Chutes. Despite some sketchy looking landings, people were pointing it down the chutes and hucking it off of every cliff they could get to, and it was super fun to watch. Within hours, nearly every possible line was tracked out.
At noon, just as Shirley was becoming skied-out, ski patrol opened up Mountain Run. The snow wasn’t quite as light as the snow on Shirley, but it was still a killer three mile powder run.
I didn’t ski Red Dog or Squaw Creek, but coverage looked surprisingly decent.
With more snow on the way, it’s looking like ski season is officially here at Squaw Valley.