Matt McCawley for Hugh. Squallywood is a well known nickname for California ski area Squaw, but seemed a fitting title for my day, as I endured multiple squalls and skied mainly in the woods. This morning I reported 5 new inches of snow, and it snowed all day, so the totals should have gone up, but the wind was blowing so ridiculously hard that it’s tough to tell where all the additional snow went. I know I skied on zero inches in places and found other spots that were close to knee deep. Protected wooded areas seemed to hold the best and most consistent snow. The unfortunate thing for riders today is that MI remained on wind hold, the good news for those of you planning on skiing tomorrow is that MI remained on wind hold, so there should be a fair number of powder stashes there.
A big heads up for people excited to ski in the woods tomorrow or throughout the weekend… the snowpack is much much deeper at higher elevations. Lower gladed areas have taken a major hit from levels earlier in the season, and now only a few inches of snow is hiding various obstacles. Be safe out there, know where you are going, and trust Patrol judgment of trail closures.
Tomorrow expect 50 trails to be open, as usual the groomers will be out making surfaces friendly on over 122 areas of terrain. Temps should be in the upper teens and low 20s with WNW winds between 10 – 30 MPH.
We have more snow in the forecast as up to 4 more inches of snow could fall by Saturday. With the Northwest flow pumping we could very well see more, like this morning. There are two big events happening this weekend too with the Molly Rowlee Rail Jam on Saturday and The Extreme Challenge on Sunday. Check out smuggs.com for more info on both of those events.
Lastly, I want to thank all the readers out there who have followed my reports for the last 4 days. It really has been a good time, and I promise there is more to this then just skiing, pictures, and posts. Thank you Patrol and Mike Chait for all your support these last couple days. Thank you Hugh for letting me take the reigns, and I’ll gladly help out anytime you need. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their season, keep doing the dance, keep thinking snow.