by: Nick Pope - 30th October 2010

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  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
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Big Snow
Big wind

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Squaw Valley is a great mountain. It was an Olympic Village in the 60's. Just like the rest of Lake Tahoe they stand to get pounded with tons of maritime snowpack( Sierra Cement). One thing to consider is violent storms pound this mountain and can sometimes produce winds in upwards of 60-70 mph at the peaks. This can make for a variety of problems like closed lifts, zero visbility conditions, as well as avalanche loading. I don't know how well the ski patrol checks avalanche danger but my experience is when you have big snow and high winds it can make for very unpredictable snow pack and possibility of slides. The facilities are world class and the terrain has a great variety. Some gentle slopes for the weekend warrior or some super steep for the Crunchies. This mountain is very unique due to the lack of tree's and therefor identified runs. I'd guess the lack of trees is due to the winds. But on a blue bird day these open runs can give a freerider alot of options for great lines in any direction.
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