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Squaw (N. Tahoe) Conditions

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This thread is to serve as a place to post current updates on the conditions and happenings at Squaw Valley (and other N. Tahoe resorts).  If you have pictures/videos, feel free to post. I hope we can keep this thread running so it could be a place for someone to check before an upcoming trip, before a weekend, or just to see what is going on.  

 

Alex

 

P.S. Please ask more specific questions (i.e. where to eat at Tahoe City) in a separate thread. 

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Pretty good snow for the late April, still great coverage everywhere, cloudy weather keeps it cold enough and good snow conditions still hold to about 2 pm.  This morning the upper mountain was covered with super-smooth windbuffed snow.  Should be good skiing this weekend.

The Slot off Headwall chair late morning on Friday:

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Hey Alex,

I am heading out to Tahoe soon, Has Squaw announced a closing date yet?

Thanks,

JF

post #4 of 113
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May 30 :-). Fri, Sat,Sun only in May.
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May 30 :-). Fri, Sat,Sun only in May.


I heard that they'll be open daily until May 8th, then the weekend hours only after that until the end of May.  Am I wrong?

 

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No, you are correct, daily until May 8, then Fri, Sat, Sun until May 30, plus two special days May 16 and May 30. 

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I am on my way out there.  Mostly gonna be AT, but would luv to get some sunny spring KT days in.  If anyone has any info on discount tickets anytime in the next few weeks, please PM me.

Thanks,

JF

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Jim- If you are skiing Squaw next weekend, drop me a line :-)

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This is the winter that just does not want to quit... Upper mountain on Saturday midday:

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At 1pm lower elevations were pretty much unskiable- rain-soaked grabby snow that sloughed really easily.

 

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Thanks Alex, I will let you know.

JF

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Perhaps I can meet up with you for a turn or two.  Would be great to see you again.

 

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Perhaps I can meet up with you for a turn or two.  Would be great to see you again.

 

Tricia,

That would be great!  Perhaps we could get a group together.  I will be around Tahoe off & on at least for the next few weeks.  I will ski anywhere that I can get a "cost effective" lift ticket.

Thanks,

JF
 

 

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 How are the Pallys skiing?

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Skied Granite Chief with Alexzn today(and his lovely wife)  What  a great time, considering that I almost bailed on the day.

 

Thanks Alex!

 

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Ditto on fun conditions at Granite Chief today. Solitude (via Shirley) was untracked! Sierra cement but fun anyhow. A lap of KT on West face was fun for the last run - but the snow was a bit heavy for my Fisher-Price bindings... A treat considering we almost didn't go out. How late will Squaw be able to stay open? Skiing on the 4th?

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According to Squaw they're planning on staying open for weekends (F-S-S) through May, after May 8th.   Not sure if they'll have enough interest to stay open after that, even if they have snow.

 

I only took this one phone pic of Alexzn at the bottom of Shirley Lake lift looking up toward Granite Chief.  These conditions were both.......Good, and Good for You!

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Notice Alex's big smile ^^^

 

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Granite Chief if fun but it is tracked out compared to Siberia, nobody there probably due to low visibilty

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Did some good turns on Granite with TC today and we had surprisingly good snow.  Tricia- thanks for a good company, it was fun!  Thanks for the picture, too, proves that California is always warm and sunny ;-)

 

There were few inches of dense powder accumulated overnight, and then it kept snowing almost constantly.  The best thing was the wind which was buffing the surfaces constantly into this dense soft velvety surface, so every run felt like fresh tracks.  It was getting better and better until the fog came in at about 1:15 and ended the party... 

 

I am sure Siberia had great surface too, but the visibility on that part of the mountain in a storm like that is pretty marginal.  Granite is more sheltered and has trees that help a lot.  The whole mountain was not crowded at all.  Granite was the busiest lift and didn't have a line.  

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Alex, you and your lovely wife were a complete joy to ski with.  I don't know why we haven't skied together before now but I plan to make it a point to hook up with you a lot more in the future.  And Bonus!  I love skiing with kids!

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The upper mountain is not scheduled for today (wind? - typical for a good storm). There are a couple of inches at the base but the snow seems to be turning to rain.

At least KT is scheduled. Alex et all, maybe we'll catch you on KT? I'm on Goodes with bright red heelpieces. Heading home tonight but back up in a couple weeks to ski and watch the Amgen bike race.

 

Eric

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Eric- I am back at my desk in the Bay Area, so no laps for me :-( ... I will be back next weekend...   If anyone is skiing tomorrow, that is supposed to be the day, especially if it stays cold and the wind gets to polish the upper mountain.   

 

TC- Anytime you plan to ski Squaw, give me a call!

 

skiking4: Did you mean Palisades?   Chimney looks to be done for the season, Main has a crack skiers left, Extra and National look in prime condition. I last skied Palisades more than a month and a half ago, so cannot give a first-hand account. Davluri did it recently, so he may have an update.  This late in the season I dont think it is worth the trip from Eastern NY biggrin.gif.  Just a reminder, Palisades are open only on weekdays.

 

 

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While I was standing on the ridge pondering, the sun came thru the cloud briefly displaying the undisturbed fresh canvas.  It seems to tell me this is where I should ride today.  I did ride 5 laps on Red Dog but I decided to ride the condition that is rare at Squaw, i.e. no crowds, fresh tracks every run on a weekend.

 

The visibility was terrible most of the times. Sometimes I thought I was already riding but I was actually still on the ridge. The visibility was not that bad once started. I intentionally pushed some snow downhill. The rolling snow helps define the contour of the surface and it is all fun. The terrain was not as good but I did find the roller type of terrain interesting under flat light and high speed. The roller is there but I can’t see it until I lay a track on it.

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Eric- I am back at my desk in the Bay Area, so no laps for me :-( ... I will be back next weekend...   If anyone is skiing tomorrow, that is supposed to be the day, especially if it stays cold and the wind gets to polish the upper mountain.   

 

TC- Anytime you plan to ski Squaw, give me a call!

 

skiking4: Did you mean Palisades?   Chimney looks to be done for the season, Main has a crack skiers left, Extra and National look in prime condition. I last skied Palisades more than a month and a half ago, so cannot give a first-hand account. Davluri did it recently, so he may have an update.  This late in the season I dont think it is worth the trip from Eastern NY biggrin.gif.  Just a reminder, Palisades are open only on weekdays.

 

 


It is rare maybe never but Palisades did open on Saturday a week ago. I also saw a group of 5 coming down on 4/10 but I don't think it is open for public.

 

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I think the Palisades are open when things aren't crowded down below (and conditions are acceptable).  My wife and I hiked the Palisades on Saturday 4/16 in order to ski Kitchen Wall.  We weren't alone.

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Yes, sometimes Squaw opens them on weekend if the stars align right (mostly late in the season) but generally they are closed on weekends. 

 

I still have some hope for Smoothie next weekend...

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Yesterday was the last day of Granite Chief this season.
 

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Yes, sometimes Squaw opens them on weekend if the stars align right (mostly late in the season) but generally they are closed on weekends. 

 

I still have some hope for Smoothie next weekend...



 

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That is hard to believe with all the snow and the conditions we experienced yesterday.  Bummer, eh?

 

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Yesterday was the last day of Granite Chief this season.


Noooo...!!!!! The coverage is mid-winter level and this is the highest area of the mountain.
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Palisades looked open this past Friday but did not see anyone up there Sat. Enjoyed Sun Bowl runs off Headwall lift, North Bowl as well. Granite was the place on Sat with the low vis. The trees skied well. Also did a Rockpile run w/ nice snow at the top and less so down low. Siberia - tough to see anything w/ flat light and snow.

You all have a nice mountain to play on!
Edited by givethepigeye - 4/25/11 at 7:52pm
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I'm going to be an hour away from squaw tomorrow (Fri. 29Th) and was wondering if it would be worth the drive to get some runs in? Anyone ski there the last couple of days? Weather wise it looks like it will be on the cold side- so hopefully no slush in the A.M.?

         

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