Skiing yesterday was all-time. While lift lines were insanely long (read: 1.5 hours in line at KT….I almost cried…), the powder, bright sunlight, and camaraderie between skiers on the mountain was beautiful to feel. I got in line at 8:30 am, and wasn’t too far from the front of the line at Red Dog. Red Dog and Squaw Creek finally started spinning at 9:15 am, with KT scheduled for first 10:00 am, then 11:00 am, and then just “scheduled”…….
Red Dog line was unreal. By the time the lift started running the line had to have been around a thousand to two thousand people deep, up the hill and over to the lower Patrol Shack, and Maintenance Buildings by Far East. I was not going back to THAT. I skied down to Squaw Creek, and was yelling the entire way down. The snow was knee-deep, and bottomless. I floated the entire way down, I should say…
No lines at Squaw Creek. That was awesome. Another lap, and then the line started forming. I did one more lap, and then thought I’d better get in line at KT. It was 10:15 am when I did that. An incredibly long line had already formed, but I got in the singles line, which was already running/forming up the hill, thinking I’d be fine! Unfortunately they started running KT at 11:30 am, and only DOUBLES… TWO AT A TIME, for a 4-person chair. Of course no singles would be able to join in on a double! That continued for about 30 minutes, and concurrently, people down in the massive mix of the main line, kept pushing into the singles line, and we did NOT move. This is when I almost started crying. A man up from me took the initiative to take some “SLOW” fencing and moved it in between the singles line and the regular line, so as to ensure no more sneaking happened. That’s when we actually started moving. Then they started loading three at a time, and then eventually four. At around 12:30 I got on the lift.
I did one run, and felt defeated. There was no way I was getting back in that line again. I took a break, and then waited for 20 minutes for the Funitel to finally run. Took that three times for some beautiful Tower 16 lines, and then called it quits. It was starting to snow again, and it was time to throw in the towel!
After a full day of skiing, I check my inbox and read this awesome little Press Release from Squaw Valley!
Olympic Valley, Calif.] Feb. 22, 2017 – With a base snowpack of 21 feet, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be spinning lifts well into June and plans to offer skiing and riding on the 4th of July with as many lifts as possible, weather and conditions permitting. The resort has received more than seven feet of new snow since last Friday, Feb. 17, bringing the season total to 565 inches or 47 feet. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has already surpassed its annual average snowfall of 450 inches by 115 inches, with months left to go in the season. After topping its 45-year historic record for snowfall in a single month with 282 inches in January, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has received nearly 15 feet in February with seven days remaining. As of today, the resort has amassed 126% of its average annual snowfall, 63% of which fell in January alone.
With more weather systems in the forecast, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has seen record breaking accumulation with more than half of the season remaining. Check out detailed snowfall data on the Squaw Valley Snowfall Tracker and Alpine Meadows Snowfall Tracker. For real-time lift and trail status as well as lift wait times and the ‘Find Your Friends’ feature, download the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows mobile app.
Skiers and riders looking for more information can visit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows operations blog for up-to-date resort status and current happenings. While parking areas are limited due to significant snow storage, guests are encouraged to take advantage of free premier POW Parking for cars with four or more people in the vehicle. Guests arriving early at the resort can take advantage of numerous breakfast offerings including the new Coffeebar location in The Village at Squaw Valley, open daily at 6am.