Sick of Faceshots | Squaw Valley Powder Skiing

Sick of Faceshots | Squaw Valley Powder Skiing

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Sick of Faceshots | Squaw Valley Powder Skiing

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video by, Nik David

Skiers/riders: Ralph Backstrom, Mat Jackson, Ben Paciotti, Niel Kasper, Timy Dutton and many other friends.

-My face is seriously getting sick of faceshots.  I have had to endure these horribly epic situations on the daily for about 4.5 weeks straight now.  Can I get a day with no clouds, 50 degree temps, cold beer, high camp pool sessions, and girls in bikinis?  No.  Just more faceshots, goddammit.  And what’s in the forecast?  Even more faceshots via 4 feet in the next 3 days….FML…
Today was our first clearish day in a fortnight.  We had cold temps, wintery conditions, 80” of fresh on the upper mountain, and 6” of fresh on the lower mountain, which was enough to make it game on over the entire mountain.
The weekenders were still here as a result of 80 being closed again last night.  Full parking lot today.
What went down today?
Eagle’s Nest/McConkey’s – more ways than I can even begin to explain.  From the tippy-top as a double.  From the normal start as a triple.  Everything you can imagine off the shoulder and a lot you can’t imagine as it’s so filled in there are crazy little spiny airs all over the thing that have perfect powder steep landings.  Eagle’s Nest was all time.  All time.
Sacrafice – I know Tall Rob hit it and it looked pretty haggard, so I think more got in there.
Granite – everything you can even think of.  And more that you can’t because, once again, it’s so filled in it’s hard to conceive.  (A shout out to Matty who broke his leg in Corkscrew today.  Heal up quick buddy.)
Cornice II – Yep, everything.  The Gate is tiny.  No Way out is now call Lotza Ways Out.  And all the landings in there are flat.  But it’s all small so it’s no problem for the boys.
Squaw went off today.  People were hungry and they got exactly what they wanted.
What’s next?  I’d love to twist and contort info about the next storm tonite/tomrrow to sound epic and useful, but I’ll just let NOAA do it:
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY: 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 7000
  FEET...WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL. HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL
  OCCUR WEST OF HIGHWAY 89.
* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: 1 TO 2 FEET
  OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH ANOTHER 8 TO 16 INCHES
  AT LAKE LEVEL.
 I guess we’ll have to ski all that snow, too.

 

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