Today, Squaw Valley ski patrol opened the Kitchen Wall off the Palisades and Sun Bowl off the back of Headwall.
These two zones connected today to become one terrific, long corn run that was very unexpected and damn fun today. Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly corn, but it was soften-by-the-sun snow and very fun.
After the Kitchen Wall/Sun Bowl run you have one more spicy zone called Horse Tails before you’re on the Mountain Run all the way down to the bottom of the resort.
Today was the first truly warm day since the last snowfall on that gave us the chance to get after some sun-softened snow.
[Squaw is one of 16 ski resort on The Mountain Collective Pass]
It’s a long, adventurous run as you hike up from the Siberia chair to the top of the Palisades, then drop off the back of them, traverse back to the front side of the hill, ski down again, traverse over to the Mountain Run, the cruise to the bottom of the hill to ride up the Funitel then up the Siberia chair to do it all again.
I’m not exactly sure when patrol opened this run today, but they closed it a bit before 1pm.
I was lucky to get in 2 runs on it and they were both hilariously fun.
Having the Kitchen Wall and Sun Bowl open today made today special.
High pressure continues to dominate our forecast but that may all end as early as next week:
A pattern change is looking likely by the middle or end of next week.LONG RANGE... With the ridge retrograded and amplified over Alaska, and a weakening of the east coast trough, longer range guidance is suggesting a colder pattern for the west coast. There are no hints of any atmospheric river type moisture taps in the next two weeks, but colder Pacific storms become a possibility by the end of next week. Granted, there is a significant amount of spread in forecast guidance, but it`s at least a glimmer of hope in this current blocked pattern. - NOAA Reno, NV today