February 10, 2015 - It’s one day after a series of storms blew into Tahoe. The snow has settled and the clouds have given way to those famously bluebird skies. You can feel the shift in energy everywhere.
People are happy, excited, walking with a little more bounce, smiling more easily. We loaded the Funitel at Squaw Valley and looked out the window, hopeful that the snow was going to be good, trying to figure out where to ski. We only had an hour and didn’t want to waste a second. We heard one gentleman saying the snow was awesome – it was the kind of day where you don’t stop for a break.
As we approached the top, we saw a handful of people waiting at the bottom of a spinning Siberia chair. Was our timing really going to be this perfect? There were only two or three sets of tracks coming down from the top – Patrol always gets the goodies. A quick glance as we strapped in confirmed they were loading the chair and we raced to the maze. Funitel-guy was so right.
The snow was awesome. Just deep enough to keep you afloat, not so light you punched through to the bottom. It was one of the days that reminds you why you love coming to the mountains. Why you love skiing. Why you love snowboarding.
We took three quick runs on Siberia and then raced down Mountain Run back to the Village to get back to the office. One of the amazing things about mid-week skiing at Squaw Valley – an hour is a lot of time when the snow is good and the lines are short. Today was incredible.
Video credit: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows