Tahoe Tips: From Ski Legend Jonny Moseley
Looking to make the most of the season’s epic snow? Here are few ideas from a pro.
Courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
As part of our December cover story, the Ultimate Guide to Tahoe, we talked to several of the region’s snow superstars for their tips on where to ski, eat, play and stay. Here are Olympic gold medalist, and Squaw devotee, Jonny Moseley’s pick for fun in the epic snow hitting North Lake Tahoe now.
Q: What is your Favorite Run for Going Fast?
A: Siberia Bowl is the place to let’em run at Squaw early in the day while there is still corduroy. It is steep and wide but has a run out so you can max out your speed but remain fairly safe. The Olympic Downhill from 1960 started just above there off of the shoulder of Palisades so you can feel like Jean Vaurnet did when he won the event utilizing his signature “tuck” position. Pretty cool.
Q: Best Steeps?
A: Well, my signature run, of course, on KT-22 at Squaw Valley. The whole West Face and Chute 75 deliver sustained pitch, fun features—and the runs face the right direction so the snow is almost always money. Personally, I like to stay skier’s left near and in the trees on my run.
Q: Tree Skiing?
A: Be careful… the older I get the more I realize there is a low margin of error in the trees. Red Dog Ridge and Heidi’s at Squaw are my choices. They thinned it out a bit last year, and that is a good thing.
Q: Hitting the Park?
A: These days I look for the smallest, most well proportioned features! Belmont is where you will find me or on the old school small Riviera halfpipe at Squaw. It is hard to find the old style pipes. I love that they still have one with all its imperfections.
Q: Run with a View?
A: Sherwood Bowls Alpine Meadows, Tamara’s at Squaw and of course Gunbarrel at Heavenly. Bumps with a view!
Q: Place for Breakfast?
A: Plumpjack at Squaw. Great, quick buffet. The house made granola is suspiciously good and the kids’ options are excellent.
A: The Chalet at Alpine Meadows. It is a beer garden but I go for the raclette.
Q: Après Ski?
A: You can usually find me at upstairs at Plaza Bar in Squaw. There is plenty of room to unbuckle and sprawl. Great snacks and drinks and plenty of football on multiple screens.
Q: Favorite Place for Drinks?
A: My dad’s kitchen for the best Manhattan otherwise it’s pre show Warren Miller show cocktails at Bistro 22.
A: With the kids we’re at Rocker, sans kids, Plumpjack.
Q: Place for Live Music?
A: I take in my live music during Après time in the Village. During ski season once my ski boots come off the dancing stops except during The Winter Wondergrass Bluegrass fest.
Q: Fun off the Slopes?
A: What is that?
Q: Locally owned Store?
A: Uncorked. Cali’s wine shop is excellent. Taste, taste, buy.
Q: Favorite Winter Event/Festival?
A: FIS World Cup Skiercross & boardercross event and Winter Wondergrass at Squaw
Q: Can't miss winter experience?
A: Whether it’s by snowshoe, cross country ski, or ski/snowboard, the key in Tahoe is to get into the majestic woods. Get sweaty then re-cap by the fire.
Q: What is your favorite place to stay while in the mountains in winter?
A: The Village @ Squaw rules. For a hard-core skier and Après skier like me you can’t beat the convenience and access.
Q: And finally, for the road warriors who make the commute up to the mountains: Where do you like to stop for food on your drive up?
A: Ideally, Auburn Ale House, but… a lot of In-and-Out too. Protein style though!