While the storm didn’t quite produce the totals we were hoping for yesterday at Squaw, things were still skiing quite well. With 3-5 inches of new snow over night, and some wind to smooth things out the skiing in Shirley lake was most ripping. And, Patrol opened up Rainbow Bowl for the first time of the season, which was harboring 6+ inches of creamy pow. Lap after lap there were untracked turns to be had, as next to no one was out skiing the goods!
Highlights of the Day
- Rainbow Bowl Opened (and no one was skiing it)
- Patrol was starting to open terrain toward the lower part of Granite Chief
- Lower North Bowl was harboring some beautifully buffed turns…again, no one there
The temperatures were fluctuating throughout the day, with no snow accumulation at the bottom of the mountain. Up top there was a freezing sleet, perfect for coating your goggles (and jacket, and pants…). The warmer temperatures made for some dense snow, but it’s perfect for coating all the sharks that are still lurking in the snowpack.
As we move into the weekend, things are only going to be getting better with more snow in the forecast. Above 7,000 feet things are looking good while temps and amounts at lake level remain uncertain. At the moment it looks like we’re going to have a nice upside down snowpack with things starting out cold (snow levels down to 5,000 feet), and then heating up for Saturday and Sunday so be careful out there!
The forecast is still looking good for the upper mountain at Squaw:
Shirley Lake Photo Tour: