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dan4060Squaw Valley. I did my ski bum years there and I miss it. Insane steeps and a huge variety of steep terrain. Lots of cliffs, big, medium and small. Consistent snow other than the drought of the last few years, which is an anomaly. I now am a Mammoth weekender skiing mammy 2-3 weekends a month and taking a couple of week long trips a season there, but I miss Squaw. As much as I love Mammoth I would prefer Squaw. I love both, but the amount and variety of steep terrain at Squaw is hard to beat. The park is not as good as Mammoth's but I don't ski park so I don't care.
LNeuffer16In the east I like mad river and mount snow the best. Out west it has to be the bird.
Profahoben_212Couldn't agree more. Squaw is so dope. The only issue I have with it is the occasional rich douchebag that thinks they are the shit....but they stick to the groomers so it's all good. I'll be enjoying granite chief and Silverado with all the other shredders
dan4060It is unfortunate how many douchebags there are there, but you are right, they don't get into Granite, Silverado, or lots of other spots. I really miss Silverado. Such an awesome part of the mountain. I remember coming down Kina's Paw with sluff on both sides going over the rollover and straightlining the little choke below. So much fun.
The one thing I have heard is that it has gotten even more crowded. Since they introduced those cheap passes a lot more weekend warriors are supposedly going. I don't live there anymore so I can't say for sure, but that is what I am hearing. Some of the older locals long for the days of 1200 dollar passes if you buy them in July (or 1600 if you wait) as high pass prices would keep some of the weekend people out.
I love Granite Peak. One of the best hikes anywhere. Direct Chute is one of my favorite places to make steep turns and Patrol Chute is a great straightline. I actually blew my ACL during my last year living there on a cliff on Granite Peak. It is called Smooth Air. It did not end up so smooth for me.
Good times. Enjoy Squaw for me.