On Nov 20th Squaw got 12-16", on Nov 21st it was 14-18", and today they anounced 10-12" more (and these are just the lower mountain numbers). So, I'll spare you the obvious declarations of how deep, insane, and surreal it was to be skiing pow like this in November because I know you can add up these three sets of numbers and realize: "Goddamit, that's freakin' DEEP!" See, you said, not me.
For the past two days we've been treated very well by Squaw's open terrain. But, today thoroughly blew the past two days out of the water. They got the Squaw Creek & Far East chairs spinning in addition to Red Dog which was the exact combination needed to access 1,350 vertical feet of preposterous powder. If you have any inkling as to the type of terrain that situation opens up, you're one of the few. If not, just image very long, very deep, very untouched powder for more turns than your VO2 Max can handle.
Once all the skiers were completely burnt-out, they opened the Funitel at 2pm and we got to witness first hand what these record storms have been doing to the upper mountain. It was impressive.
Now, as we all lay passed out on the floor after an unexpected November-powder ass-kicking, we read NOAA's latest Winter Storm Warning for tonight and tomorrow and try to smile.
* TIMING: LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AND
BECOME HEAVY ALONG THE COLD FRONT TUESDAY MORNING.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 10 TO 20 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL TONIGHT AND
TUESDAY WITH 2 TO 3 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.
...RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE THIS WEEK...
AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE REGION ON TUESDAY
USHERING IN A VERY COLD AIR MASS. RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES ARE
POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY...THURSDAY...AND FRIDAY THIS WEEK.
All I can coherently think right now is - bring it.
(Shirley Lake tomorrow afternoon?)