Febr-uly Squaw Valley Conditions Update + Photo Tour

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Looking up at the Palisades at Squaw
Looking up at the Palisades at Squaw

If January in Tahoe is Junuary, then would that mean that February is Februly?  So far the month has brought temperatures far above average to California (and most of the West Coast).  While we did get a good bit of snow above 8,000′ a week and a half ago, we are right back in the midst of day time highs near 60, sunshine, and a rapidly diminishing snow pack.  Surprisingly the skiing is still quite fun, with Sun Bowl holding some nice spring turns, corn snow off Granite Chief Peak, and a fantastically fun park.

Gettin' the carve on at Squaw Valley
Gettin’ the carve on at Squaw Valley

The Good

  • The park
  • Sun Bowl (but probably not much longer…)
  • Granite Chief Peak and Mainline Pocket

The Bad

  • I think it goes without saying…
Traversing out of Sun Bowl probably won't go through after today... the red arrow points out the traverse
Traversing out of Sun Bowl probably won’t go through after today… the red arrow points out the traverse

The hikes have continued to hold good snow, with some of the best snow off Granite Chief Peak.  Mainline Pocket has also continued to hold good snow, with many of the straightlines and airs still skiing quite well.  

squaw-weather
Squaw forecast, triple over edge!

However, there is hope in the forecast, with things slated to be triple over edge by Sunday….

Squaw Photo Tour

Stopping for a break and some fresh spring water at the bottom of Horse Trails
Stopping for a break and some fresh spring water at the bottom of Horse Trails
Point of view traversing out of Sun Bowl at Squaw
Point of view traversing out of Sun Bowl at Squaw
Jesse getting his shifty on riding that new new from Faction
Jesse getting his shifty on riding that new new from Faction
North Bowl and much of the north facing skiing is quite firm and, sadly, closed
North Bowl and much of the north facing skiing is quite firm and, sadly, closed
The bottom stretch of Horse Trails above the Mountain Run...probably won't be open much longer
The bottom stretch of Horse Trails above the Mountain Run…probably won’t be open much longer
Jesse mean muggin'
Jesse mean muggin’
Cosaks are fun!
Cosaks are fun!
Dropping into Kitchen Wall with Sun Bowl below, some of the best turns on the mountain
Dropping into Kitchen Wall with Sun Bowl below, some of the best turns on the mountain
Michelle nailing the grab
Michelle nailing the grab
Jesse finding a nearly wintery turn
Jesse finding a nearly wintery turn
Looking up toward Broken Arrow
Looking up toward Broken Arrow
Racing across the bridge to get in another lap
Racing across the bridge to get in another lap

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