Saturday was nice at Squaw, really nice. I'm looking forward to today in a big way. First time I've had a chance to ski with Philpug in a few weeks. We don't do enough of that.
Well, this is the final report of this ski season. Sunday was a great day, the snow froze overnight, so the mountain was serving a good helping of Sierra corn snow for the last day of 2011-2012 operations. A lot of Epic regulars were at Squaw for the closing day, it was good to ski with Phil, TC, Sinecure, King Grump and the rest in the morning, the corn snow on Siberia, Headwall, and parts of Granite accessible from Shirley were delicious. In the afternoon there was Lake Cushing crossing (photos here), and after that it was off for the last hour and a half of the season.
I even managed to find a pretty fun way to end the season. I was skiing with a friend and his son who is on the junior freeride tour, and we managed to get to a really fun line that I didn't ski before: a chute about one and a half ski width that runs full length of the rock wall above and to the left of West Face Alternates. My friend's son claims that this was the (aptly named) "Bigger Balls" line, but, according to my copy of Squallywood, that line usually ends in a decent size air; this one had snow contact all the way down and great spring corn snow to boot. Great fun, even though getting to that chute took a pretty nasty hike over the rocks to the Nose and then a much nastier scramble to get to the chute entrance.
After doing that line we did a decompression run down one of the Red Dog ridge chutes, and then it was off to the last ride up KT22. Usually you get pelted with snowballs on the way up, but this year patrol put an end to that (apparently someone earlier got hit by a snowball and made a big deal about "assault"). By 4:10 pm here was a decent size crowd assembled on top of KT. And then the chair slowly came to a halt, and just like that the 2011-2012 Squaw season was over. Squaw- thanks for the memories (good and bad). I will see everyone next season.
Alex, I started to do a TR on the day but I fell asleep.
Here are a few pics of the day. Sadly we didn't take the camera's out until the last few runs of the day.
Philpug looking good as usual, even though his knee was not up to bumps, he couldn't resist.
Bullhorn. So glad that he decided to visit us at Squaw for the day!