Squaw Valley, CA Conditions Report: 18″ of New Snow

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KT-22 this morning. photo: snowbrains
KT-22 this morning. photo: snowbrains

I awoke to exactly one Corona Extra of snow (9.5″) on the railing in Squaw Valley, CA today, which was about 3″ more than was there when I got home from skiing yesterday around 6pm.  Squaw reported 14-18″ of new snow.

6th chair on KT-22 provided an excellent run down Enchanted Forest on our way to Headwall.  The Slot and CII skied dreamily for a few runs before we headed over to Siberia to hit the Palisades.  Saw some great wipeouts off the Palisades, dropped Main Chute and headed to Granite.

Headwall tracks today. photo: snowbrains
Headwall tracks today. photo: snowbrains

The snow was spongy, responsive, and deep enough to keep you off any hard layers underneath.

The hike to the Granite Chief Peak opened on our first Granite run.  We labored up in the scorching sun, sweating like dogs (dogs don’t actually sweat) and dropped into pinwheeling, wet, sticky, funky snow.  The new snow was cooked by 11am.

Patrol went off on Headwall this morning. photo: snowbrains
Patrol went off on Headwall this morning. photo: snowbrains

Headed down to KT to ski some leftovers before calling it a day around noon.

The scene at Chamois was already electric as everyone was simply ecstatic about the incredible late season powder day.

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Gorgeous patrol tracks down Classic Chute today. photo: snowbrains
Gorgeous patrol tracks down Classic Chute today. photo: snowbrains
KT Sundeck this morning. photo: snowbrains
KT Sundeck this morning. photo: snowbrains
KT-22 at 7am today. photo: snowbrains
KT-22 at 7am today. photo: snowbrains
The Chimney was good to go but stayed closed due to it being a weekend. photo: snowbrains
The Chimney was good to go but stayed closed due to it being a weekend. photo: snowbrains
Headwall untouched this morning. photo: snowbrains
Headwall untouched this morning. photo: snowbrains
Big backflip by Bevan.  photo:  Yimmers/snowbrains
Big backflip by Bevan. photo: Yimmers/snowbrains
Granite Chief Peak was cooked by the time it opened. photo: snowbrains
Granite Chief Peak was cooked by the time it opened. photo: snowbrains
Corona deep on the railing in Squaw Valley this morning. photo: snowbrains
Corona deep on the railing in Squaw Valley this morning. photo: snowbrains
Not Corona bottle deep anymore at 2pm today. photo: snowbrains
Not Corona bottle deep anymore at 2pm today. photo: snowbrains
Bevan airing it out on Triple Goat today. photo: photo: snowbrains
Bevan airing it out on Triple Goat today. photo: photo: snowbrains
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KT-22 this morning. photo: snowbrains
Wipeout on the Palisades today.  photo:  snowbrains
Wipeout on the Palisades today. photo: snowbrains
KT-22 this morning. photo: snowbrains
KT-22 this morning. photo: snowbrains

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