Squaw Valley, CA Report: Fantastic Faceshots in Mid-May

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Report from May 16th, 2019

Today was a simply surreal spring powder day at Squaw Valley, CA.

Squaw reported 7″ of new snow this morning.

It skied a lot deeper than that.

Miles laying one out. image: Yimmers

The real magic was the slushy snow under the new snow didn’t freeze hard.

It was still slushy and that made the bottom soft if you hit it.

We just skied KT-22 all day and the snow was splendid.

Yimmers in deep. image: snowbrains

Surfy, smooth, dense, supportive.

We surfed all over the mountain with KT East being our favorite.

A couple of our friends went up top and said the snow up there was terrific, but not much terrain opened.

Olympic Lady Chair. image: snowbrains

It appears that Squaw got Shirley Lake open for a short bit before having to close again due to high winds.

The weather was nutty today:  sunny, then cloudy, then really windy, then whiteout, then sunny again.

Oh, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun on a May powder day anywhere.

KT-22. image: snowbrains

KT powder day in May?

Badass.

NOAA is forecasting up to 16″ of snow for Squaw tonight, then another storm or two starting Monday.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM PDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Period of heavy snow along Sierra passes. Total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with locally higher amounts up to 16 inches possible above 8000 feet. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible at lake level with amounts up to 5 inches possible along and west of highway 89. Ridge winds gusting to 85 mph. - NOAA, Reno NV today

NOAA doesn’t see any end to this stormy pattern through Memorial Day Weekend.

...No Signs of Summer Through Memorial Weekend... ...Cold, Windy, and Wet Storms Continue into Next Week... - NOAA, Reno NV today
image: squaw, 5/16/19
image: squaw, 5/16/19
image: noaa, 5/16/19
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Reno NV 255 PM PDT Thu May 16 2019 Greater Lake Tahoe Area- Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM PDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Period of heavy snow along Sierra passes. Total accumulations of 5 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with locally higher amounts up to 16 inches possible above 8000 feet. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible at lake level with amounts up to 5 inches possible along and west of highway 89. Ridge winds gusting to 85 mph. * WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area. * WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 10 AM PDT Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.