Squaw Valley + Alpine Meadows, CA Report: 18-Inches of New Snow in 48-Hours

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Report from May 17th, 2019

Skis = Scott Scrapper 115

Squaw Valley, CA just saw 18″ of new snow in 48-hours and the skiing has been sublime.

Today the snow was smooth, a bit heavy, and damn fun.

We started out on KT-22 and the snow felt deep out there.

Early morning patrol tracks on KT-22. image: snowbrains

Deep enough for a huck or two.

After a few laps on KT we rolled up to Siberia for a couple of laps before the Reverse Traverse opened admiting us into the Headwall zone.

The Palisades. image: snowbrains

The Slot was suberb.

Top to bottom fresh tracks on the most consistent slope at Squaw.

After 3 Reverse Traverses we zipped over to Alpine Meadows for a few Keyhole laps.

Keyhole at Alpine Meadows. image: snowbrains

Keyhole was steep, soft, consistent, and very fun.

We literally didn’t see anyone else out skiing around at Alpine.

Felt like a private ski resort.

Nate on top of Keyhole at Alpine. image: snowbrains

NOAA has issued another Winter Weather Advisory that is calling for 4-10″ of snow on Saturday night.

This winter just won’t stop in Tahoe.

Squaw has now seen over 700″ of snowfall this season with more on the way.

A Winter Weather Advisory calling for 4-10″ of snow has been issued for tonight.

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches, except 4 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with the highest amounts near the Sierra crest. Winds gusting between 50 and 85 mph over exposed ridges. - NOAA, Reno NV today

Is this the best winter ever?

Kinda feels like it right now…

Frog meadows at Squaw Valley, CA at 2pm. image: snowbrains
image: squaw, 5/17/19
image: noaa, 5/17/19
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 1039 AM PDT Fri May 17 2019 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM SATURDAY TO 10 AM PDT SUNDAY... * CHANGES...No Changes. * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches, except 4 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with the highest amounts near the Sierra crest. Winds gusting between 50 and 85 mph over exposed ridges. * WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area. * WHEN...5 PM Saturday to 10 AM PDT Sunday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on snow-covered roads, chain controls, and extended travel times...especially over the passes.