OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S OPERATIONS: FEBRUARY 22, 2017
by Squaw Valley
We were thrilled to wake up to blue skies! With 4 feet of snow in 48 hours on the upper mountain, which we haven’t been able to access due to winds peaking at 199mph, we had a lot of snow to dig out and a few surprises when our teams were finally able to access lifts on the ridgelines. While we had limited operations, really fun powder turns were had.
Today was the first look at our upper mountain since the 193mph ripped along on the ridges. Here’s a look into some of the challenges we faced:
Other Challenges at Squaw Valley not photographed:
- Mountain Run took a lot longer to open than we had originally thought due to a lot of moving water. “Had to make sure it was tight and properly marked” – Jimmy King, Mountain Manager at Squaw Valley
- Granite and Silverado are completely buried and have very little clearance on the chairline. Will take some time to dig these lifts out.
- Tree fell down near tower 6 on Gold Coast. We will begin to clear that out tomorrow.
- Shirley is still partially buried at the bottom, but should be cleared out by tomorrow.
Today was also the first look at our upper mountain lifts since the 199mph ripped along on the ridges. Here’s a look into some of the challenges we faced:
Other Challenges at Alpine Meadows not photographed:
- Didn’t make it to Lakeview and Sherwood today, but Patrol was able to load Summit when it started to spin at 3pm to assess conditions and the work that is needed to open these areas.
- Alpine Bowl Chair will be late due to significant snowfall, but it’s on the schedule for tomorrow.
“Tranquil weather” moving in
“Considering recent weather, the next few days will be wonderfully tranquil for northeast CA and western NV. A weak upper disturbance will be moving through the larger-scale trough over the West through Thursday. Isolated to scattered rain and higher elevation snow showers (above 2000-3000 feet in northern CA, lower near coast) are developing this afternoon in California north of Highway 50 with daytime heating and unstable atmospheric profiles ahead of the disturbance. Isolated to scattered snow showers will work into the northern Sierra and western Great Basin this evening into Thursday.” – NOAA Weather Discussion
PROJECTED OPERATIONS FOR TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 23
Tomorrow we anticipate more digging out lifts and lift terminals, but should be a lot smoother than today. As always, please tune into our app, the lift & grooming status page and our Mountain Ops Twitter feed.
5 thoughts on “Squaw Valley, CA Operations Update For Today & What To Expect Tomorrow: February 22nd, 2017”
If you hate Squaw that much go ski at Northstar and leave some extra fresh turns for the rest of us.
Seriously??? You got the impression he hates Squaw? I think it is more like people love Squaw but hate what KSL’s management has done to it.
Oh no, it snowed at the ski area. This has never happened before. Maybe if there were less people in marketing and condo sales and more in operations, things would get open like they used to – like befoe 2010.
Ugh. Seriously snowbrains?
Again with the Squaw marketing.
Just stay in Jackson.
How is this Marketing? Obviously it’s a repost of what they sent out, but looks like a legit mountain operations update. Im glad they are finally being transparent.