Squaw Valley Conditions Report: 22″ of Blower Pow Yesterday

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Red Dog spines in some of the few sunny moments at Squaw yesterday.  photo:  Julian Hana

words and photos by Julian Hanna

Saturday December 7th was opening day at Squaw Valley—counting in powder days that is.  Overnight the Tahoe basin was blanketed with 12-16 + inches of unusually cold and dry snow [Squaw reported 18-22″].  It finally felt like winter arrived in the Sierra! To celebrate this bounty it was time to practice the age-old tradition of riding some pow, blower pow that is. On the mountain it was knee to waste deep in spots and so blower it was hard to keep the stuff out of your face.  Although our typical storm pattern is warm to cold, this storm came in cold and left unconsolidated fluff in its wake.

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If it rips, its going to the ground. Stay out of closed areas and thank your local patroller.  photo:  julian hana

Top to bottom riding on Red Dog and Squaw Creek was the name of the game today. The upper mountain received a late opening; the lower mountain provided the goods so I never even made it up to Gold Coast which was the only upper mountain chair lift spinning.  Hopefully Squaw has enough snow to open the mountain run soon.

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Red Dog just before opening yesterday.  photo:  julian hana

 As the bushes and small trees show, it is still low tide in the Sierra. Most of the terrain off the groomed path was closed and for good reason: rocks, stumps, small trees, last season’s lost ski gear awaits you and your brand new board. Before the opening bell at 9am Patrol corralled the gathering masses to spread an important message: Though the snow is blower, it is not yet bottomless; be careful. The rest of the season awaits you!

Stay safe out there.

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Red Dog low tide.  photo:  julian hana
these guys had the right idea.  photo:  julian hana

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3 thoughts on “Squaw Valley Conditions Report: 22″ of Blower Pow Yesterday

  1. I don’t think it’s accurate to say there was powder: “knee to waist deep”. It looked like mostly around 16″ of new on some base (rare) or dirt and rocks, common.

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