The rumors are true – over 10 feet of snow has fallen in the past couple weeks and Squaw is skiing like February. This November to remember snow event has been an early Christmas gift that we should all
PlumpJack was even nice enough to give us
loyal employees a couple weeks off to enjoy this wonderland while the Squaw Valley Inn received some pretty cool facelifts. I myself am excited to go back to work just to see the finished project. I feel like Charlie’s aged uncle who decades earlier used to work in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory; he just can’t wait to accompany his nephew on the Golden Ticket Tour to get
in the doors and see what’s inside!
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Soaking in another great day on the hill this afternoon with some tasty suds at a certain sports bar in the village, I got to talking with a guy on the barstool next to me. He was a fireman in Sacramento, used to be a lifty at Squaw, loves to ski, and concurs that this is about as good as it has ever been this early. He had had a heckofaday, and was going to be back at it in the morning to try to get as much good skiing in as he could.
Talk was much the same on my two Funitel rides earlier in the day. Everyone was so thankful for the great early conditions, and the energy matched the skiing. Happiness abounded, smiles came easily, and everyone was just jazzed. It sure is easy to be happy when those magical flakes fall so plentifully from the sky.
And as we turn our calendars to December, we find more snow on the way. KT had one of its earliest openings ever, and Gold Coast, Shirley Lake, and Siberia have been running for some time now. Headwall terrain is open via the Reverse Traverse, and Granite is ready whenever the patrollers stop bombing.
Christmas is obviously a magical time to be in the mountains, with friends and family and hot cocoa and those delicious French waffles that waft throughout the village thus making their buying and consuming a forgotten and delicious conclusion, but with these once in a decade conditions great days are to be had right now — and with significantly less people to avoid on Mountain Run than during Christmas week.
– Jon Grant
Let Christmas come early. Enjoy the snow and our new upgrades to the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn this weekend.