KT-22, Squaw Valley:
This peak is often referred to as Squaw Valley’s crown jewel. It was named for the 22 kick turns Sandy Poulsen (the wife of Wayne Poulsen who founded Squaw Valley with Alex Cushing) made the first time she skied the legendary peak.
Found on KT-22’s Peak, el. 8,200
Moseley’s Run, land of monster bumps and jelly legs, is the flagship of KT’s double diamond terrain, a real endurance test. Originally called the West Face (strange, because it doesn’t face west at all) it was renamed February 27, 1998 in recognition of Jonny Moseley’s life long commitment to Squaw Valley, freestyle skiing, and his winning the gold in Nagano.
Up until the 60s you didn’t really ski the 75 Chute, you traversed it, until Swiss skier Joel Auckenthaller. Skiing its rippled compressions is like facing 1,800 feet of hand to hand combat. The top part of the run, named after the 75mm Gun emplacement you can still see, is narrow and impulses a deep breath.
Found on Squaw Valley’s Snow King Peak, el. 7,550’
Its wide steep face is today the training ground for the Squaw Valley Freestyle and Race Teams, but during the 1960 Winter Olympics, the 7,550 foot elevation Red Dog Peak, originally called Little Papoose, and now known as Snow King, was the site of the ladies slalom and giant slalom events. Another Olympic event of equal importance also took place on Red Dog. During the opening Olympic Ceremonies, 1952 two-time Olympic Gold medallist Andrea Meade Lawrence (pregnant at the time) skied the Olympic Torch down from the top of Red Dog into Blyth Arena to begin the games.
Found on Granite Chief Peak, el. 9,050’
Below High Voltage Ledge, three quarters of the way up the Granite Chief Chair is another cliff area popular with snowboarders.
It’s named after former patrolman Larry Swan. Swan, in his first year of patrolling, was sent up the chair to mark off the cliff area with a warning sign. He decided to drop the sign from the chair over the cliff area, then ski down and place it exactly. But when he went to drop the sign, he lifted it a bit above his head to aim it better onto the cliff.
Unfortunately, the sign caught partially in the sheave train of the cable above the chair, jettisoning the rookie patroller 25 feet in the air. Luckily, he landed in a huge patch of newly fallen snow and wasn’t hurt, except for his pride.