Snowpack is DEEP
We’re cruising towards summer and the mountains are packed with snow. The base depth on the upper mountain is still over 14 FEET deep. We’re stoked that Palisades has been able to stay open so we can lay down some sweet late season turns.
Scramble to the Top
Unzip all your vents and trek to the top of Squaw Peak (el. 8900′) from the top of Siberia. National is skiing great and is worth the hike!
Enjoy the View
Even if it weren’t for the skiing, sweeping views from the top of Palisades would make the hike worth it. Take in the glorious panorama of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and the surrounding Sierra.
Ski it while you can!
Before charging up the mountain, check for obvious open/closed signage at the base of the Palisades. Patrol explained that they are making a “day-by-day assessment” on opening the terrain. Operations are dependent on coverage and snow stability, which can change rapidly as temps heat up. We’re always hoping for a good overnight freeze in spring. Cold temps help preserve the integrity of the snowpack and produces the best quality corn snow.
The open chutes will be listed on the signboard on the Patrol Shack. Extra, Main and National have been opening daily for the past few weeks. Chimney is closed due to snow melt and a huge glide crack that formed near the bottom of the chute.
National is the wide open bowl to skier’s right of the Palisades. Although it’s probably the mellowest of the Palisades chutes, there are 3 large rocky formations on the far right side that form a gentle chute.
This is my favorite line to ski- it has a great pitch and you make a couple quick turns between rocks before it dumps you back into the bowl.
Get out and enjoy the sweet creamy corn! We’re still spinning 9 lifts and there’s MILES of open terrain to ski and ride.
Squaw plans to continue 9am-4pm daily operations thru June 4, then switch to Saturday & Sunday operations from 10am-2pm thru June 25, plus July 1-4. Starting July 8, we plan to be open Saturdays into summer as conditions allow, 10am-2pm.
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