Sending Squaw Valley: Palisades & Mainline Pocket

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Another Raw One 3/25/15sorry to bore you with another Mainline video

Posted by Aaron Fox on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Powder skiing Squaw is supposed to work like this:  

Day 1 = Storm powder skiing with upper mountain closed, ski alpine if Summit open

Day 2 = Upper mountain opens after winds die down, ski pow all over the mountain

Andy Hays has long hair.
Fact: Andy Hays has long hair.

Day 3 = Sun comes out, hikes (Palisades, Mainline Pocket, Granite Chief) open up, hike up and huck meat

Day 4 = Go find pow in the backcountry

Kyle making a do or die turn in Mainline.
Kyle making a do or die turn in Mainline.

This storm work almost exactly according to the old Squaw powder skiing plan.  We got a fun storm day skiing Summit at Alpine, then an upper mountain powder day, right into hiking and hucking Mainline and the Palisades yesterday.  I’m too lazy to go backcountry today as I suspect most everything is cooked, but you certainly could get out in the backcountry today and find some soft snow.

Miles taking off in Mainline with boots in walk mode.
Miles taking off in Mainline with boots in walk mode.

Squaw opened the Mainline and later on the Palisades yesterday and the boys were ready to huck.  Banana and Far Right Rock and the Splitter saw tracks on Mainline and even the Box was dropped on the Palisades.

Big air tracks below Far Right Rock and Banana.
Big air tracks below Far Right Rock and Banana.

There was some good skiing to be had on Headwall face and a few other spots.  There was a moderate east wind in the morning that kept things cool up high in the morning but it backed off by noon and it got very hot.  The high temp at the base of Squaw yesterday was 57ºF and the top of Squaw hit 42ºF.  Anything in the sun got very sticky after about noon.

Not much snow in the Broken Arrow zone...
Not much snow in the Broken Arrow zone…

It’s forecast to be very hot again today.  Today will most likely be a groomer day with a short window between when the off-piste softens up then gets sticky.

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Posted by Tahoe Sports Hub on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nice to see a picket fence on the Palisades again.
Nice to see a picket fence on the Palisades again.
Meagan slashing in National chute in the Palisades.
Meagan slashing in National chute in the Palisades.
Kyle airing it out of Mainline.
Kyle airing it out of Mainline.
Granite Chief Peak looked good but did not open today.
Granite Chief Peak looked good but did not open today.
Desolation Wilderness from the top of the Palisades.
Desolation Wilderness from the top of the Palisades.
Andy deep in concentration before dropping the Splitter.
Andy deep in concentration before dropping the Splittersquwa

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One thought on “Sending Squaw Valley: Palisades & Mainline Pocket

  1. Doesnt open extra chute in best shape in long time cause ” theres a traverse track below” another reason why patrol should be paid more…..

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