A Shinook Helicopter hauls trees down from the Red Dog / Heidi’s area of Squaw Valley.
Several projects have kept Squaw Valley and KSL busy this fall. Earlier this month a helicopter placed huge burlap and mesh foil mats over ski runs on Red Dog and Resort Chair terrain. The mats are designed to help with vegetation seeding and erosion control. One might also think they could help the resort open groomers with a minimal amount of snow since the mats basically create a glorified carpet over select ski runs.
Squaw is also undertaking an aggressive forest health management plan which will remove 5,000 dead or diseased trees from the Red Dog region of the lower mountain. Lower level vegetation that could serve as fire fuel will also be removed from Red Dog Face to Poulsens Gully. Although the primary intention of the project is to improve the natural habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire, skiers will be delighted in over 100 acres of new tree skiing access. This should be especially noteworthy on storm days when Squaw struggles to get the upper mountain open.
Lumber from the tree thinning project ready to be driven out of Squaw.
Burlap and mesh sheets in the Squaw parking lot await placement by helicopter onto lower mountain ski runs.
Crews work on the hanger of the Squaw tram during annual fall maintenance.
A few inches of snow fell above 7,000 on Saturday. More precipitation is forecast for the weekend.
New snow at Boreal on Saturday.
Volunteers remove milfoil from the Truckee River.
The 19th Annual Truckee River Day was held Sunday. 400 volunteers completed restoration work at 14 different sites including Prosser Creek, Martis Valley and of course the Truckee River. The three year drought has reduced water levels enough to access and remove large amounts of Eurasion milfoil, an invasive weed which has flourished on the upper portions of the Truckee River.
Drought has reduced the Truckee River to a trickle just past the dam in Tahoe City.
JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson died in an avalanche on Mount Cochrane in southern Patagonia Monday. JP Auclair was one of the founding fathers of the New Canadian Airforce freestyle movement nearly 20 years ago and has been an innovator, leader and mentor in the sport of skiing ever since. In recent year’s Auclair gravitated toward bigger ski mountaineering objectives. Andreas Fransson had a passion for extremely bold and unforgiving descents, including the first and only descent of the South Face of Denali.
Powder Coverage Auclair and Fransson
ESPN Coverage of Incident
Backcountry Magazine Profile on Andreas Fransson
Reaching My Limit Eisode 2 from Bjarne Salén on Vimeo.
JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.