All good things must come to an end. While Squaw might be able to eke out another weekend, we’re now down to only Gold Coast, and it looks like last weekend might have been the end to the legendary 2017 season.
The snow was slushy and fun. Gold Coast was the only lift that was spinning, and accessed a strip of snow connecting the top station to the bottom. The epic July 4th terrain park had been nobly sacrificed to ensure good coverage on the run, and the traverse to the top of Shirley had melted out (so no more Shirley this season?).
Moguls were even forming on Gold Coast by the time I left around 10:30.
National on the Palisaides was open, and was definitely the best skiing available.
National still has a deep snowpack, and was steep and fun per usual. You could get almost all the way to Gold Coast without crossing dirt.
If you don’t mind hiking a bit and are looking for some Squaw turns, it’s looking possible that National will still be skiable in August.
Was the snow phenomenal? Well… no, but there’s no such thing as a bad day of skiing, especially in July. Everyone out there was stoked on the California sun and that we could get in just one more weekend.