If you hoot and holler but no one is at Squaw Valley to hear it, do you really make a sound? That’s the question that came to mind yesterday as Squaw was EMPTY…and with over a foot of fresh on the ground conditions were GREAT. The morning started off a little slow with the upper mountain on stand by, but KT was holding some deep pockets, and harbored no line. And by the time a slight line started to form (barely past the ticket scanners), the rest of the mountain opened and it was game on.
- No people!
- Sunbowl to CII Bowl laps
- Free refills every lap if you knew where to look
Headwall was also skiing fantastic, and you could quite literally find fresh tracks lap after lap. No one was in line, and with a strong wind your tracks would disappear between laps in Sun Bowl. The light was low (very, very low), but if you trusted your feet or sought out the trees, there were some great turns to be had. The Face was a little on the scoured side, and Horse Trails did eventually get quite tracked out.
Over at Granite Chief it was a similar story, with no lines and if you were willing to work for it, hiking out toward VIPs held some beautiful turns, and the only competition was your group of friends. Unfortunately we lost the upper mountain late in the afternoon due to wind and a lack of staff.
Maybe it was the cold, the weather, or the wet at the base, but for whatever reason Squaw was empty. We’re on track to get more snow tomorrow, which is lining this weekend up to be quite a bit of fun. Stay tuned!