Had to give a brief trip report. Due to business, we skied Homewood on Saturday with the GM and head snow maker. It was a blue bird day after three days of dumping snow. Ski Patrol bombed Quail Face Bowl first thing Saturday. Quail Face was a short steep bowl that had about four feet of snow or more. Luckily, we got it early with the managment as it was starting to set up due to the warm morning sun. It was the deepest snow that I have ever skied. It was so deep it was difficult to build up speed, even with the steepness of the terrain.
We had powder all day, especially on the North facing treed aspects. Homewood is smaller kind of area with good trees with a great view overlooking Tahoe Lake. By the end of the day, the bottem run refroze and I found out about Sierra cement.
Sunday, we skied Squaw and it was impressive in terms of difficulty. The top of the mountain was closed due to high wind. And yes, the lifts are a little scary going up the side of cliffs and accross valleys!
We skied the KT-22 terrain, under the red dog lift, and around the Squaw Creek lift. I did not see many blue or green runs in any of these areas, but I really wasen't looking for them. Of the few blues I did see, I think they would be considered black in Colorado. It started snowing again in the late afternoon.
We skied Monday morning before leaving with 8" of heavier snow on top. The Gondola was open so we went up as it was closed the day before. It was difficult conditions, due to white out and flat light light.
Squaw is one bad ass, steep, challenging, and interesting mountain. There were a few times, due to the steepness, where I was a little uncomfortable picking my way through cliffs and trees. It had my attention and focus. You also really have to consider the terrain aspect as it relates to skiing conditions, when deciding where to ski!