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Report from Monday, February 22, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021 was a proper Spring day at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. I’m no Miles Clark, so you won’t see backflips and cliff drops in the Palisades in this post, but nonetheless, it was an excellent day. Following a fun day at Homewood the day before, I scrambled to try to score a free ticket to visit both resorts in one day. I had a meeting with a potential new employer at Squaw mid-day so it looked like my plan would come together easily.
Alpine Meadows’ Summit Six chair was on wind-hold first thing in the morning, and there was quite a bit of grumbling about “money-hold” in the Roundhouse line. But most skiers don’t understand that wind speeds aren’t the only reason chairs go on wind-hold; wind direction comes into play too. East winds were hitting the top of the Summit Chair just right to slow down opening. Alpine Bowl Chair was open on time, so rather than complain about what wasn’t open, I just went and enjoyed what was. I tied in with a random skier in the Roundhouse line, and we took a few laps together.
After a few great laps off the Alpine Bowl Chair, my new ski partner and I rode the now open Summit Six and waited for our respective friends. While she took off for more Summit laps, my buddies and I hiked the High Traverse over into Sherwood. It’s cool that, even in our strange COVID environment, you can meet random new people at the ski area and make a few turns and new friends. My friend Randy Salzman has skied every day that Alpine Meadows has been open this season – 93 days in a row and counting!
There was still soft, cold snow to be found in Sherwood, and we made a couple of laps off the ridge and in the gullies. I hooked up with another set of friends and made laps on Lakeview and Scott chairs before I had to hit the road to Squaw around noon. My timing was perfect, as Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol was starting to close terrain as the snow warmed in the sun. Cornology in February!
Trying to maximize my ski time, I ate lunch while driving over to Squaw Valley. I’d grown up skiing at both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, but I hadn’t been to either in a couple of years, and I certainly hadn’t skied both on the same day. After my meeting, I hit the Squaw One chair for some afternoon turns. Multiple laps on Siberia, Shirley Lake, and Granite Chief were capped off by a couple of spins on the KT-22 Mothership on my way out. Spring conditions in the afternoon made for some great corn skiing.