Squaw Valley, CA Report: The Legendary Fingers Go Off In Morning Before Afternoon Rain…

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The Legendary Fingers of Squaw Valley. image: snowbrains

Report from 1/18/19

***NOTE:  Strong video from yesterday to be published tomorrow

Yesterday morning the Fingers at Squaw Valley, CA were the best they’ve been since 2017.

Spiny, fluted, and slathered in snow.

They skied well in the morning before rain arrived at about 1pm or so and transformed the snow.

The silver lining:  The snowpack at Squaw is dense and the coverage is solid which means that the current snow on the mountain is locked on and could extend the season.

Squaw has seen 74″ of snow in the past 7 days but it has been going back and forth from snow to rain and back.

Jared Dalen going big off My Air. image: snowbrains

The skiing and riding off of KT-22 in the morning was a blast.

The snow conditions were similar to the previous day – smooth, wind-pressed, fast, damn fun.

Everything off KT was very filled in, playful, fun.

Miles dropping V-Rock in Broken Arrow at Squaw Valley, CA yesterday. image: miles clark
Miles’ line off V-Rock in Broken Arrow yesterday. image: snowbrains

The line to ride up KT was pretty long and remained long until sometime around 11am when upper mountain lifts opened and pulled people to the upper mountain.

We ventured to the upper mountain and did one Broken Arrow lap at about 11am.

By the time we got up there, a steady, watery mist was already falling.

We dropped V-Rock.

Headwall image: snowbrains

We skied one run and the snow was still good, but shortly thereafter, that mist had changed the snow for the worse.

We returned to KT-22.

The snow on KT began to be affected by the mist as well at this time – about noon.

Broken Arrow and V-Rock. image: snowbrains

We skied a few more laps and called it a day at about 1pm due to funky, rain affected snow and tired legs.

Le Chamois was crazy fun for aprés ski with old friends and ski buddies sharing the stoke of an amazing morning at Squaw Valley, USA.

Another large storm is forecast to hit Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning.

8-16″ of snow is currently forecast above 7,000′ on Sunday and Sunday night.

Jamie Blair dropping into the Ahh Chutes. image: snowbrains

SNOW NUMBERS:

image: squaw

FORECAST:

Squaw forecast for 7,385′. image: noaa, today

PHOTOS:

Eagle’s Nest and KT-22. image: snowbrains
The Legendary Fingers of Squaw Valley. image: snowbrains

The Legendary Fingers of Squaw Valley. image: snowbrains
Unknown skier finding out just how steep The Fingers are. image: snowbrains
Jamie Blair pop.
Unknown skier ripping out of a secret line. image: snowbrains
Afternoon rain… image: snowbrains
Jamie Blair off KT-22. image: snowbrains
Broken Arrow and V-Rock. image: snowbrains

image: snowbrains
Legendary photogapher Hank Devre at the Chammi! image: snowbrains
Dog attack at the Chami. image: snowbrains

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One thought on “Squaw Valley, CA Report: The Legendary Fingers Go Off In Morning Before Afternoon Rain…

  1. The image titled “Miles dropping V-Rock in Broken Arrow …” is interesting for me because it brings up an issue I have with videoing/photographing runs. I KNOW that the line is way steep (let’s just ignore the rocks here) but the photo show a ‘kinda-steep’ slope. I saw this when I used to use my go pro to record my runs…the images captured from the skier perspective just do not portray the slope as the sphincter-clenching ride that it is. That said, the sluff field generated appears to be a significant indicator of the slope angle..

    However, the side view of “Unknown skier finding out just how steep The Fingers are.” is a better perspective.

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