Thousands of excited snowboarders and skiers took advantage of the snow in Squaw Valley over the holiday weekend, as slopes remained open thanks to the huge snowfall this year.

The warm weather, paired with “corn snow” —  the snow consistency that is the more desirable pellet-type favored for beginners — made for a great atmosphere as people took to the slopes.

“The snow is very soft and forgiving, so it’s great for beginners and intermediates,” said Sam Kieckhefer, spokesman for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “You’re coming out in a t-shirt and shorts, and it’s warm — you don’t have to worry about getting cold.”

Instead of jumping into the pool or lake to cool off, people are hitting the slopes. The ski season in the Lake Tahoe area is still going strong – two weeks after the official start of summer. The above average snowpack is allowing some ski resorts to stay open well into summer.


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The temperatures guaranteed some fun people watching as droves of people arriving at Squaw Valley ditched the normal winter snow attire and not only brought out the shorts, but a variety of whacky outfits.