On March 7th Squaw Valley had about 8 inches of wet, nasty, funky, punchy snow. At least that’s what Squaw had down on KT. After one manky lap of KT, I headed up to Silverado and found drier, funner, better snow and no one out. It was insane to be riding up Silvy and looking [...]
Backflips are fun…if you don’t FACEPLANT!
On March 3rd, 2o11 we had a fine day in Lake Tahoe. Plenty of new snow, no one out, and your choice of lines to ski. There just weren’t enough people around to compete. You could even “save stuff for later” which is truly a misnomer at Squaw Valley, but it worked on this day.
The Palisades – Chimney Session #3 – March 4th, 2011
On Friday, March 4th, 2011, Patrol gave us the Chimney for the 3rd time this season. They even left it open until no one wanted it anymore. I gotta say, patrol is really hooking it up this year and it’s great to see. I don’t think anyone crashed at all this session, which should give [...]
The Fingers Race – March 3, 2011
There truly isn’t anything more entertaining at Squaw Valley than a solid Fingers Race in the morning. And this was one of those perfect Fingers morning with 4-8 inches of dense, wind-pressed snow that stuck to everything. Throw a little Granite Chief and a ridiculous butter 360 crash recovery, and you’ve got yourself a pretty [...]
Note: All skiing in this video is Porters’ employee Adam Ruscitto...
Yesterday, it was between the Chimney at Squaw or Donner Peak. I chose Donner and I’m not disappointed. Although, I can’t deny that some part of me, well, okay, all of me was definitely yearning to ski the Chimney. I DO NOT LIKE MISSING CHIMNEY [...]
Best Snow and the Worst Lines Squaw’s Ever Had
Saturday was a junk show at Squaw Valley USA. But there is no denying that the snow was immaculate. My first run down the Fingers was absolutely dreamy. I was fist pumping and screaming, which I generally try to minimize while on the mountain. But, they snow got the best of me and it just [...]
The Storm that Closed Squaw
Squaw’s ridgetop recorded 152 mph gusts at about 11:30 on February 25th, 2011. That was right about the time that Squaw pulled the plug on operations and sent us all home. I certainly wasn’t bummed. I’d gotten 6 runs of some of the deepest snow I’ve skied and I was honestly starting to get spooked [...]
Donner was Deep yesterday – Feb 23, 2011
Chuck Patterson made such a huge explosion on this landing that I couldn’t see the rock he’s jumping off for a sec.
Squaw was absolutely incredible last week. Bottomless pow, hucking to your hearts content, and getting more face shots than you’ve even thought possible. That all ended with the beautiful California sun and about 1 [...]
First Chimney Session of the Season – Feb. 22, 2011
Yesterday was the first Chimney session of 2011. Pretty early by Chimney standards. We often don’t get into there until April.
Despite pretty hard conditions, the boys were out and giving it the old ‘college try’. People were actually pretty on it and I only saw a couple whipeouts. Conditions wise…it wasn’t the best. It was [...]
Skiing 97 inches of snow at Squaw Valley on Feb 19, 2011
We had one helluva storm cycle here in Tahoe and I’m maybe gonna go back on my words from yesterday. The 17th was pretty insane. The 18th was a bit too deep. But, the 19th was bluebird and the upper mountain opened. I just love me some Granite Chief. You don’t have to ski at [...]
The 1st day of the storm cycle – Feb 17 – Was The Best
The storm came in fast and furious and left us with some true silliness. The first day of the storm, I roll out there with my broken face and motorcycle helmet thinking “oh, I’m just gonna take it easy”. That lasted for exactly 0 runs. Skiing with Greg Lindsey didn’t help things, either. It ended [...]