Squaw got KT-22 open on Jan 25th after the big storms last week. The next day, it rained to 10,000 feet. That night, it froze. Now, it’s hot (50 F in Squaw right now at 2:45pm) and the coverage is scant.
The snow on KT today was either cooked, deep mank or old, tracked, frozen chunder with more sharp angles than a chinese throwing star.
After surviving the KT-22’s upper section, you’d make it to the Exhibition groomer and think you were safe. You weren’t. The snow on the Exhibition groomer is old, compressed, man-made ice that has been scraped by a hundred thousand ski edges. Sliding sideways was the best way down…
– Closed until noon due to icy/horrible conditions
– East KT closed
– West KT closed
– Can’t access upper mountain via KT as Headwall is closed
– KT opened on the 25th, was open on the 26th, then closed for 3 days due to hideousness
One solution to this heinous snow problem is to just take the ‘Saddle’ groomer around it all. That would be a solution if that whole side of KT wasn’t close. Come to think of it, the entire other side is closed as well. East KT and West KT are both closed and all you get is mid-KT and it’s screwed. KT didn’t even open today until noon as the conditions were so bad and icy during the morning hours.
Yes, I can hear you saying that I’m being too negative already. I don’t call this negativity at all. This is reality. And with nothing but 50 F, Sunny weather in the forecast for the next two weeks (/indefinitely), Squaw and KT are going to get way more ______ & ______.
If you do need the bright side, it’s that Granite was skiing well today and that there is absolutely no one on the mountain. I am a thorough believer that if skis are on your feet, you’re having fun. It’s just sad to see KT this way.