I had been tracking the storm for the last 10 days. All reports pointed to a storm on wednesday 2/29 - with only 2-5 inches forecast for the monday 2/27 storm. So the original plan was to leave Thu morning and return Fri evening. But on Monday - all the resorts reported upwards of 7 inches. So, decided to head out Early Tue morning. Picked up Andreas from SF - hooked up with him on the skipal ride share groups. We were at Alpine at 10am. Nice day with light snow falling through out the day. To put it mildly - Alpine snow report is a complete fabrication. They were reporting 12-14 in for Monday. I would say it was 6-8in MAX. And I am being generous. 6in of fresh would have been fine - except that it was on top of a hard, baked, icy, rocky base. Warm weather from the previous two weeks had taken its toll. I hit more rocks in one day than all of last year. Alpine is(was?) in bad shape.
Wed - Storm day. Knowing that Alpine and Squaw will probably not have much open - I headed out to Northstar. Got there a little late - about 1030 or so. As soon as I got there - they opened Lookout Mountain. Spent the entire day in the trees on Lookout - both skiers left and right of the lift. It was not like last year - but the upper part was really nice. Felt like about 8-9" previous 12 hours.
It snowed thru the night and 2nd storm hit Thu morning. Headed to Squaw on Thu . When I got there at about 9am - the KT 22 line was about 200 deep. KT was on wind hold. Andreas and I hit Exhibition. I got a few runs in till about 11:30am and went to lunch - waiting for KT22 to open. At 12:15 - went to the ticket window to get a Snow Check. The guy behind the counter said - wait till 1pm and if KT 22 doesnt open - he will give me a snow check. at 1230 - KT started spinning. Money. Hit North bowl, GS, Oly lady. It was at least 2 ft deep. You can see in the picture below- how far my poles went in. Unfortunately - becos of the long lines - I got only 4 runs in on KT, but worth it.
Returned to Squaw Friday (3/2) - morning. Knowing that hwy 89 will be a cluster &%*$ - left super early - picked up Andreas from Truckee and arrived on 89 at about 7:50. It was busy but moving nicely. In squaw parking lot at 8:05. I heard from a couple that left tahoe donner at 815 that morning - it took them 2 hours on Hwy 89 to get to Squaw !!!!. Anyway - at 8am - the line in front of the funitel was all the way back to the ski school bldg. Asked a Squaw Guest host for tips on how to score some freshies. Cannot reveal his tips - but suffice it to say at 9:05 - I was in the Siberia lift line- 2nd chair. No line cutting. No extra money was involved. I was able to get 2 top-to-bottom fresh lines on Siberia. Next- hiked up the reverse traverse to Headwall and got some fresh lines off of Cornice bowl. They didn't open Headwall till almost noon. So I spent some time on KT22 - Chute 75 was nice, GS bowl had warmed up and the chowder was not fun. Next I headed out to Granite Chief. Basically anything south facing was toast. Attic was nice.
headed back to the Bay area - Fri afternoon - watching the tourists heading to tahoe to ski the leftovers
BTW - In light of the line cutting POV incident at Alta - going around the net - I must add that I saw a number of people cutting into the singles line at KT22 on Thu. The singles lines was snaking up the hill. Some of these sleazy bums would line up in the 4-person lines next to it and try to slide into the singles line at the last minute - just when the line starts to take shape. When they got called out - they would sheepishly move back into the 4-person line!!!!