KT-22 (Squaw Valley, CA)
Squaw Valley didn’t get its nickname, Squallywood, randomly. If you’ve got a flair for the dramatic and enjoy showing off in front of your peers, it’s the place to go. During an interview about Squaw valley, famed local Shane MacConkey explained, “if you want to show everyone how rad you are on a powder day, you have to ski KT-22.” The legendary KT-22 chair rises straight up from the main base lodge and accesses some of the steepest inbounds skiing found anywhere. Just riding the lift on a good powder day can be humbling as pros and wannabes huck themselves off huge cliffs and tear down steep chutes without a moment of hesitation. From the top of the lift you have a variety of options from the relatively tame 40-plus degree GS Bowl to the ultra-gnarly McConkey’s — renamed from Eagle’s Nest after the late legend passed away in a BASE jumping accident. McConkey’s requires a short hike, a tight chute, and pro-level skills to navigate the two mandatory airs and high consequence exposure.
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