PHOTO: On the slopes of Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California (c) Sery Kim
Today, after a long day of travel yesterday, I woke up at the base of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort. Located in California, with Lake Tahoe adjacent to its over 6,000 acres, Squaw is the perfect place for an intermediate skier like to me to really advance. The trails are packed with fresh powder, nicely groomed and very little traffic. I can push myself without having to worry about so many people around me running me over. Additionally, because of the pitch of the advanced blues and blacks, I am really forced to make my form look really good. In fact, I literally thought to myself today, "WOW. I think this might be my favorite place to ski!," which is really saying something considering how many venues I have skied the last four years. Vail, Beaver Creek, a lot of Canada, Alta and a slew of other Utah resorts, as well as Northstar (the other ski resort) around Lake Tahoe.
PHOTO: Our Northface Guide Will posing for a photo before we go down our first run of the day, a black (c) Sery Kim
This doesn't mean Squaw is easy. To start the day off, I literally got off the chair lift, put my gloves on, headed straight to a black and fell on the first turn! AMAZING, haha. Still, despite the fall -- and also because my boots were a 1/2 size too small (I wear 8 1/2 and got 8) -- I had a phenomenal few hours of skiing. I even attempted to go back out on the trail after lunch at the Bavarian food offered at the mountain restaurant Chalet and got in a solid run before the rain sent me home.
I think that's part of the charm of Squaw. The trails aren't easy at all but they aren't overwhelming where you are crying on the way down -- unless you are in too small ski boots like me! Plus the scenery is truly gorgeous. I have to commend IKON, the corporate parent of the ski resort, for really putting together a wonderful resort. Oh! And because they have had so much snow here, the trails will be open until July! WOW. So you can buy your tickets here on sale.
PHOTO: My lunchtime glass of Hoegaarden at Chalet (c) Sery Kim
Tomorrow brings another day of skiing here at Squaw. We will be skiing with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley before driving the three hours over to Mammoth for 36 hours of skiing there. I'm really excited to get so much championship skiing in. My goal for 2019 is to end the ski season with even better form than I had before, and I can tell this trip is really going to help me get there!