Guidebook

The Stuff of Legends: Squaw's Most Iconic Lines

The runs that wrote history in the progression of extreme skiing.

Description

Just say the word “Squaw” in any of America’s ski towns, and the iconic name is sure to spur a reaction. Squaw Valley is many things to many people–a proving ground for up-and-comers, a who’s who of pros and local shredders, a raucous après scene, a status-symbol vacation, or simply a dream mountain to ski. Regardless of your impressions, it’s impossible to overstate the influence of Squaw Valley on skiing in North America.

This mountain has staged the progression of the sport, from the resort’s 1949 claim of world’s largest ski lift, to the 1960 Winter Olympics, to the birth of extreme skiing in the 70s, and athletes training at Squaw to constantly raise the bar ever since. The expansive terrain, with nearly every snow-covered feature you can imagine, has set the scene for countless ski films, and stories from Squaw are endlessly boasted about from lift chairs and bar stools all over the country.

Some of the mountain’s most challenging lines are crossed over by chairlifts, creating the infamous “Squallywood” zones where hard-charging showoffs can perform, or flop, before a gleefully heckling audience overhead. These expert lines have themselves borne witness to so much advancement in skiing over the years, and their names are known worldwide.

Here are Squaw’s most legendary lines, loved by the world’s best and wannabes alike. All are rated black diamond or harder, but all can be found by name on a trail map (as opposed to certain named variations that would not–ask a local about those). Whether your skills and stamina allow you to ski them all or not, at least check them out, and get a glimpse of skiing history at Squaw Valley.

Chute 75

Chute 75

Lake Tahoe
0.7 km
351 m
42 °
A big long chute off of KT-22
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
The Fingers
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The Fingers

Lake Tahoe
214 m
48 °
NE
0 m
0.4 km
One of the "Squallywood" zones
Extreme
Private
Headwall Face

Headwall Face

Lake Tahoe
0.4 km
197 m
36 °
Steep!
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Direct Chute
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Direct Chute

Lake Tahoe
135 m
36 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
A classic chute off of the highest point at Squaw Valley
Severe
Private
Moseley's

Moseley's

Lake Tahoe
0.6 km
351 m
38 °
One of Squaw Valleys most famous runs
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Mainline Pocket

Mainline Pocket

Lake Tahoe
0.5 km
87 m
30 °
A Squaw hike to classic
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Tram Bowl

Tram Bowl

Lake Tahoe
0.4 km
243 m
42 °
Big steep fun
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow

Lake Tahoe
1.0 km
426 m
37 °
An off piste route with great variety
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Tower 16

Tower 16

Lake Tahoe
0.5 km
262 m
37 °
A long southern exposure classic
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Siberia Bowl

Siberia Bowl

Lake Tahoe
0.5 km
110 m
25 °
A big, fairly steep bowl on the upper mountain
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Chimney

Chimney

Lake Tahoe
0.3 km
147 m
40 °
One of Squaw's most difficult lines
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
Main Chute

Main Chute

Lake Tahoe
0.2 km
116 m
47 °
One of the Palisades classics
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
National Chute

National Chute

Lake Tahoe
0.2 km
108 m
46 °
Easiest way off the front of the Palisades
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl

Lake Tahoe
1.0 km
225 m
30 °
A huge southeast facing bowl.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Classic Chute
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Classic Chute

Lake Tahoe
148 m
40 °
NE
0 m
0.4 km
"The" Classic Chute at Squaw Valley
Extreme
Private
The Slot

The Slot

Lake Tahoe
0.5 km
243 m
40 °
Fun, well protected steeps
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Tamara's

Tamara's

Lake Tahoe
0.6 km
281 m
35 °
A steep open slope with a gully ending.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Poulsen's Gully

Poulsen's Gully

Lake Tahoe
0.8 km
373 m
37 °
A challenging lower mountain favorite
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private