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Sierra is known for their tree skiing, which helped to preserve last week’s snow well into the weekend.
Kirkwood averages 500 inches of snowfall. This season, they’ve surpassed 700 inches.
These chutes are generally a lot more bony. A storm total of 159 inches tends to fill things in nicely.
The massive storm storm forced Chair 10 to close for many days, primarily because the top was buried. Skiers had to duck to make sure the low, oncoming chairs didn’t take them out.
Kirkwood offers sidecountry skiing through the resort’s outfit, Expedition: Kirkwood. Here, a skier enjoys the in-bounds terrain.
Tons of snow leftover.
A sneak peek of the lake from Squaw, which wasn’t visible all week.
The Fingers are also generally way more filled in. People were claiming cliff drops and lines they would never ski in a regular snow season.
The Eagles Nest, the seemingly-unskiable feature on the left, was one of Shane McConkey’s favorite lines. This past weekend, Squaw Valley commemorated his life with the Pain McShlonkey Classic, with events like Chinese Downhill and the Small Mountain Invitational.
Skiers like Scot Schmidt popularized this area, called The Palisades. With so much snow, plenty of skiers were launching themselves off the overhanging cornice. And the resort’s not called Squalleywood for nothing: dozens of skiers lined up below to watch the huck fest.
Looking back at the Palisades.
At Alpine Meadows, the top of the Alpine Bowl chair was completely filled in.
You can access this terrain through a sidecountry gate.
The lake views from Alpine Meadows are stunning.
Alpine Meadows has lots of steep bowl terrain.