SNAPSHOT: Squaw Valley

Matt Gibson drops into the goods on an amazing North Lake Tahoe bluebird day.

Matt Gibson drops into the goods at Squaw Valley on an amazing North Lake Tahoe bluebird day.

Squaw Valley is a resort where many a skiing legend has been made. The availability of in bounds extreme terrain is plentiful and the many bluebird days combined with the stunning Lake Tahoe backdrop have been featured in many a ski flick. The great part about Squaw is the ability to huck yourself until your heart’s content all in view of family and friends who are enjoying the only ski up Starbucks in the world or carving some mellow turns that are available just below much of the extreme terrain, and located high on the mountain. After wearing yourself out on the hill you can then all ski down together and enjoy the many amenities that the Village at Squaw has to offer, and they are plentiful!

Amelia Richmond loves her PR job at Squaw Valley & loves to rip turns while showing off her resort.

Amelia Richmond loves her PR job at Squaw Valley & loves to rip turns while showing off her resort.

Tips:

-The Funitel, or “Funi” as the locals call it, is an awesome way to get to the top of Squaw. It is the only aerial lift like it in the US. It features two cables to suspend the cars below that can hold 18 people and withstand extremely high winds.

-Squaw offer the most extensive night skiing in Tahoe, just in case you somehow have some juice left in those legs for a few more turns.

-Where else can you ride an Aerial tram to 8,200′ and enjoy ice skating with an amazing mountain and lake view?

-Be sure to try the fried goat cheese bacon balls at Bistro 22 in Squaw Village. So good!

Moss Halladay rips on a snowboard! It was so fun to try to cature his mad skills in a photo. (Photo: Matt Gibson)

Pro snowboarder Moss Halladay knows how to send it. Capturing his mad skills in a photo was a fun challenge. (Photo: Matt Gibson)

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Squaw has quite a few parks with features of all sizes.

Squaw has quite a few parks with features of all sizes, just in case the insane natural terrain just isn’t enough for you;)

Squaw has the terrain that will let you huck yourself until you just can't huck anymore. Here Moss shows us how its done. (Photo: Matt Gibson)

Squaw has the terrain that will let you huck yourself until you just can’t huck anymore. Here Moss shows us how its done.

Jeremy Jacobson loves to share all the goods that North Lake Tahoe has to offer. He also knows how to go big on his local terrain!

Jeremy Jacobson loves to share all the goods that North Lake Tahoe has to offer. He also knows how to send it on his local terrain!

Jeremy got this great shot of Matt & I earning our turns. It required some work to get the pow shot with the recent low snow fall.

Jeremy got this great shot of Matt & I earning our turns.

This is the awesome powder that we got to enjoy after a little hiking. Matt shot this photo from the chairlift, "aka our Heli shot."

This is the awesome powder that we got to enjoy after a little hiking. Matt shot this photo from the chairlift, “aka our Heli shot.”

Matt loved ripping well earned floaty pow turns.

Matt loved ripping well-earned floaty pow turns.

Did I mention that Jeremy knows how to shred on a snowboard! Fresh pow waves of goodness:)

Did I mention that Jeremy knows how to shred! Fresh waves of pow goodness:)

Special Thanks To:

Squaw Valley

North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau

Moss Halladay

Matt-Gibson.org

I might have enjoyed the fresh turns as well;) (Photo: Matt Gibson)

I might have enjoyed the fresh turns as well;) (Photo: Matt Gibson)

Check out more about Squaw Valley by Matt Gibson:

About.com Squaw Valley Ski Area Profile

Squaw Valley Powder Porn

Squaw Valley Micro Guide (VIDEO)

Sh*t People Say About Squaw Valley

 

The conditions weren’t the best during my trip to Squaw, but I still enjoyed the amazing terrain, got to hang with great people and got some good shots. Squaw is known for amazing snow mixed with its extreme terrain and I hope to come back one day and huck the gnar into the pillowy softness that is Tahoe powder. I’ll be chasing snow the rest of the winter and hope to see you on the slopes. -Bryon Dorr

 

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