Squaw Valley Resort
Squaw Valley is one of Lake Tahoe's premiere ski resorts, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. Over 2,800 vertical feet of pure mountain bliss. Come winter, Squaw is renowned for its legendary terrain that spans, accessed by 30 chair lifts, spread across six jaw dropping beautiful mountain peaks. We have terrain parks and half pipes, two beginner areas (one locat...ed at the top of the mountain), and Tahoe's longest winter season - November through May. On average we receive over 450" of snowfall annually and are known to have snowstorms of over 3 feet at night followed by perfect sunny skies in the morning.
There is a European style pedestrian village located in the base area with quaint shops and unique restaurants as well as world class dining and two mid-mountain lodges, Gold Coast and High Camp at elevation 8200'. The High Camp facility is host to mountain top ice skating, swimming at the pool & hot tub (open mid-March through September) and dining overlooking Lake Tahoe
Stayed in a 1 bedroom, 1 den suite. Ended up being a 2 bedroom 2 bath. It was very spacious and comfortable. Since it's in the village, it's just a short walk to the trams up the mountain or to the rentals. All day Squaw kids were great for our 4, 6, and 8 year old children. They all loved it and got a taste for skiing. The beginner lessons for us parents were great as well. It was our first time ever and the instructors were very friendly and insightful.
Only reason it's not 5 stars is because two hot dogs with chili on them is $28. Ridiculously expensive to eat, but that's expected I guess. Other than that, wonderful ski resort. Beautiful. Nice new buildings. Rentals are high quality. Friendly staff. And it would take days to ski every run.
Great place, but it gets busy, especially in the winter with people skiing. Here’s what you can do while you’re here. On the ground: Take a peek into the window of the building housing the gondolas. It’s fun to watch. If you go down to the restrooms below the building housing the trams, remember to go over to the window. You can see what makes the trams go. Go to the restaurants and shops Sometimes, you can do the rock climbing, mini golf, and the slack line thing between some trees. When they aren’t going, be sure to check out the lifts on the ground that take people up to ski. It’s fun to sit on them when they aren’t moving. Also, they have bungee jumping sometimes. Up on the mountain where the tram takes you: Skating Swimming Hiking around Skiing (I believe) Be sure to check out Squaw Valley! It’s a lot of fun.
I used to not like Squaw as it seems either for beginners or experts and not much middle. It does take some getting used to finding your way around I've now found great terrain and grooming. Still like Alpine better as it's friendlier but now you can ski both on the same pass.
Can't get any closer to the lifts than this! The lodge is a little dated, but the lower price more than makes up for that. The rooms are clean, no problems there. If you plan to ski all day and mostly sleep and eat here, it's perfect. The spa is a great way to end a long ski day.