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The silliness continues at CNN. Their list of 100 best runs included a good number of the Squaw terrain, which give some basis for evaluating that list. Well, it ranges from reasonable (Chute75 is a gem after all), to downright crazy- they list Eagles Nest as "advanced skiers only". Which qualifies as understatement of the century ( it's extreme skiing in good snow, in bad snow-... you get the picture). Finally there is this gem from one of the "experts":

The Palisades earns its place because watching the local experts on this slope is almost as exciting as tackling it yourself.
It's the first run that Powder Magazine editor John Stifter heads to when the snow falls.
"The Palisades run beneath the KT-22 lift allows for massive airs and huge lines off all the cliffs and down the steeps," says Stifter.
"The varied location and terrain are why people refer to the area as Squallywood. The best of the best show up here to make their mark in hopes of becoming the next Scot Schmidt or Shane McConkey."
Watch out for: The fearless snowboarders Squaw Valley is famous for.
Rating: Black diamond

What???
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

The silliness continues at CNN. Their list of 100 best runs included a good number of the Squaw terrain, which give some basis for evaluating that list. Well, it ranges from reasonable (Chute75 is a gem after all), to downright crazy- they list Eagles Nest as "advanced skiers only". Which qualifies as understatement of the century ( it's extreme skiing in good snow, in bad snow-... you get the picture). Finally there is this gem from one of the "experts":

The Palisades earns its place because watching the local experts on this slope is almost as exciting as tackling it yourself.
It's the first run that Powder Magazine editor John Stifter heads to when the snow falls.
"The Palisades run beneath the KT-22 lift allows for massive airs and huge lines off all the cliffs and down the steeps," says Stifter.
"The varied location and terrain are why people refer to the area as Squallywood. The best of the best show up here to make their mark in hopes of becoming the next Scot Schmidt or Shane McConkey."
Watch out for: The fearless snowboarders Squaw Valley is famous for.
Rating: Black diamond

What???
 

I notice that Squaw has done away with double black--Mainline Pocket and Dog Leg have the same single black rating.

 

 McConkey's (Eagle's Nest) should be labelled as "advanced skier only"--since there's usually no snow left for a second skier. Incidentally, McConkey's is the only run named after a famous local that anyone calls by that name. Haven't heard anyone call West Face Moseley's or East Face of Oly McKinney's. There is Schimmelpfennig (sp?) Bowl which Wes Schimmelpfennig, recently retired, named after himself--he kept putting up signs with his name on them until it became official. And there is Sylvester's slot on Tram Face, but since it's illegal it doesn't count.

 

Thank you for not posting a link--so I won't be suckered into looking at the list.

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Thank you for not posting a link--so I won't be suckered into looking at the list.

 

They only posted 60 of them before breaking away to Justin Bieber coverage.

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I'm also glad that Powder Magazine editor John Stifter heads to the "Palisades beneath KT22" when the snow falls, that surely leaves a little bit more snow for us.

To those who do not know Squaw well enough- the Palisades are well above KT22 lift and are in a different section of the mountain, so John Stifter is in for a long fruitless search.
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Then there was Skiing magazine calling D8--a straightforward, perhaps 30 run at Alpine Meadows--a 45 degree chute, or showing a photo map of Slot to Classic, a popular combination at Squaw, with Classic being a  gap between a couple of rocks directly below Slot, when in fact it is considerable traverse away, on another aspect. Can't believe everything you read.

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