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Squaw Valley Etc Advice

post #1 of 11
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I'm headed to N. Lake Tahoe next week and looking for some run specific advice. Specifically at Squaw considering it is huge. Feel free to leave advice for Northstar, Alpine and Mt Rose as well.

 

We are looking for runs that are challenging but no cliff jumping required (too old to start now!). Some of the hidden chutes, or tree runs are ideally what we are looking for. Or areas that might have hidden stashes of Pow.

 

Thanks again!

Andrew

post #2 of 11
Check the Unofficial Guide to Squaw at the resort section first, then feel free to post specific questions.

As for hidden pow stashes- feel free to ask Davluri :-)
post #3 of 11

Good advice above, but since my first and only fantastic day earlier this month at Squaw is still burned fresh in my memory here are a few specific runs I REALLY enjoyed as a person who is generally most comfortable on western single diamonds rather than double diamonds/extreme:

 

1. From summit of KT-22 chair follow high traverse on Red Dog Ridge (skier's right) almost as far as you can to a huge rock, drop in just this side of the rock and follow fall line:

 

2. Take Broken Arrow lift and go right upon exiting it, ski under the Gold Coast Funitel lift cable, enjoy views of nearby rocky spires:

 

3. Again use Broken Arrow lift to get to the long run down Landbridge canyon to the base of Silverado chair, enjoy some of the best available snow on the mtn down several tiers of bumps with flatter sections in between for a break in the fall line:

 

 

 

4. Check out the amazing undulating terrain with little cliffs and numerous pitch changes to skier's left of Granite Chief chair:

post #4 of 11
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As for hidden pow stashes- feel free to ask Davluri :-)

 

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post #5 of 11

For Alpine Meadows, a lot of people new to the place don't even realize the Sherwood area exists on the back-side - so if there are crowds that's a good place to go.  It also gets the early morning sun so on some days I'll head back there first thing while the rest of the mountain is still frozen.  You'll want to take Roundhouse or Summit and head skier's right down to the Scott chair to get there (if you can't get there straight from Summit, that is).

post #6 of 11
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For Alpine Meadows, a lot of people new to the place don't even realize the Sherwood area exists on the back-side - so if there are crowds that's a good place to go.  It also gets the early morning sun so on some days I'll head back there first thing while the rest of the mountain is still frozen.  You'll want to take Roundhouse or Summit and head skier's right down to the Scott chair to get there (if you can't get there straight from Summit, that is).

 Jay, I got a Sherwood pic toowink.gifduck.gif

 

post #7 of 11

Re: Sherwood - I was back there with literally 2 other people for about an hour or so Friday morning, so most of those tracks are mine.  smile.gif

 

post #8 of 11

Damn! I gotta hit up Alpine. Those bowls look huge!

Reminds me a little of Kirkwood. Definitely recommend Kirk.

post #9 of 11

Squaw has something for everyone.  So, who are you?

 

If you like steep and groomed: Siberia, Granite Chief

 

If you like bumps: KT-22, Headwall, Granite Chief

 

If you like it raw: Silverado

 

If you like chutes: Headwall, Broken Arrow

 

If you like trees: Squaw Creek, Red Dog, Olympic Lady, Solitude

 

Scope things from the lift.  Be adventurous, but stay safe.  It's easy to get in over your head.  There are plenty of "secret stashes".  Nobody will tell you about them, but many are in plain sight.

post #10 of 11

I was skiing Alpine yesterday and unfortunately the cold temps kept Sherwood pretty crunchy. The trees underneath the summit chair were still skiing great. Should warm up though by the time you get there so could be nicer. Have fun!

agreen

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Awesome advice guys, thanks! I've mapped everything here out and am ready to go!

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