Squaw Valley

The Skiing Issue
The Best Slopes in the United States

15 Places to Ski and Snowboard This Winter

In need of a skiing or snowboarding getaway? These resorts have the finest powder, terrain and après-ski scenes in the US.

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The Skiing Issue
The Best Slopes in the United States

15 Places to Ski and Snowboard This Winter

In need of a skiing or snowboarding getaway? These resorts have the finest powder, terrain and après-ski scenes in the US.

Mr Hasemeyer tests gear, tries not to die

Pampered by Powder: A Day on the Slopes with Skiing World Champion Chris Davenport

Scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, homestyle potatoes, a bowl of oatmeal and two cups of coffee: when preparing to take on Squaw Valley with Chris Davenport, simply a two-time World Champion skier who recently scaled and skied Mt. Everest, one must fuel up. So I did.

Sitting on 3,600 acres northwest of Lake Tahoe near the California and Nevada border, Squaw Valley offers skiers the chance to take on wide open runs (groomed and not) of greens, blues and blacks, most of which are clean of trees (death sticks), allowing the average skier to be more daring with less severe consequences. This range in terrain, altitude and weather presented the perfect setting to test my new gear -- a Bern helmet, Gordini gloves, and Obermeyer jacket and pants -- while being guided by this veteran pro.