Riders of Squaw Valley, CA rejoice! Thanks to recent storms and excellent snowfall, more of your favorite terrain is ready. The resort teased yesterday that Granite Chief will open TODAY!
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The Chief is on the back side of Squaw Valley and is a playground for advanced intermediates who want a challenge and for advanced skiers who love steeps, trees, bowls, rolling terrain, and maybe a hike or two up to Granite Chief peak. This diverse zone also offers tree skiing bordered by groomers and hike-to-terrain that provides views of the lake and surrounding wilderness.
“The Granite Chief zone is like an entire different world compared to the other zones at Squaw. The higher elevation guarantees dryer and deeper snow even during warm storms, and the bowls and chutes are wind protected during big storms collecting consistently deep perfect powder. There are so many little secret spots all around the Granite that it would take a lifetime to ski all of them, and it is away amazing to explore new pockets and lines traversing in both directions off the top of the chairlift.” – Travis Ganong, Olympic Skier
Squaw Valley is currently sitting on a 41″ base and has had 82″ of snowfall so far this season. With a storm rolling in Monday with the potential to drop up to a foot of fresh snow, it looks like Christmas Day might be a sweet powder day.