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Squaw Valley is one of the most exciting ski resorts in North America. The resort was the birthplace of American extreme skiing and famously hosted the first ever televised Winter Olympics back in 1960. The Olympic legacy lives on, as does the resorts reputation for steep and deep skiing. More recently Squaw Valley has partnered with neighbouring Alpine Meadows to create a fantastic mega-resort ski experience with extensive terrain for all abilities.
As well as being one of Lake Tahoe’s biggest ski destinations, Squaw Valley also has a fantastic snow record with powder snow falling late into April. It’s common for the resort to receive 40ft of snow in a season, staying open for skiing until July 4th.
Squaw Valley is the ‘go to’ resort on the north side of Lake Tahoe. Located at the end of a stunning alpine valley, the resort lies cradled by six high Sierra Mountain peaks dominated by Squaw Peak at 8,900 feet. You can ski at Squaw Valley and the next door resort of Alpine Meadow on the same lift ticket. The two ski resorts provide over 6,000 acres of combined terrain including 16 bowls, 270 ‘trails’ and 42 lifts. There is a complimentary shuttle to take you between the two areas.
While Squaw Valley is renowned for its challenging terrain, beginners and intermediates are well catered for. The resorts easiest terrain is located on the upper mountain, and is accessed by the aerial tram. This beginners area is served by five chairlifts providing access to a wide gentle sloping bowl overlooking Lake Tahoe. Being located on the upper mountain beginners enjoy the panoramic views and the serenity of being high up on the mountain. There is also a dedicated learning zone on the lower mountain adjacent to the Far East centre.
Intermediates will enjoy the different bowls they can explore. The most popular areas on the mountain are the Shirley Lake bowl and the Gold Coast bowl. There are plenty of other options as well; start your day on the Red Dog Chair or Squaw Creek Chair for some long warm up cruisers. Try the resorts longest run – the 3.2 mile Mountain run from the middle mountain back to the base village or test your skills on the upper mountain’s Siberia Bowl; considered advanced intermediate terrain.
Experts will head straight for the KT-22 peak, considered one of the greatest chairlift rides in North America, as it rises from the base to a powder paradise at the top of the mountain. Advanced skiers can enjoy the freedom of ski anywhere lines with the pick of several bowls high up on the mountain. Advanced terrain includes Headwall, Granite Chief, Broken Arrow and the Silverado Bowl.
The main Village at Squaw Valley is a modern, purpose built alpine style pedestrian friendly village at the base of the mountain. It’s compact nature means that most of the accommodation here is close to the lifts, making it an ideal choice for families and groups.
One of the main attractions in the spring is the High Camp Swimming Lagoon & Spa. Ski all morning, then relax poolside at 8,000 feet on the mountain at High Camp, which offers great views looking down into Tahoe.
Squaw Valley is a great option for an Easter ski trip or spring skiing on a road trip around Lake Tahoe.