Squaw Valley Ski Resort

This European-style mountain resort offers plenty of fun in the snow as well as spas, yoga, golf and shopping.

Squaw Valley Resort has a wide variety of family-friendly attractions and is really a little village in itself. There are cozy, European-style buildings, a spa with epic views, roller-skating and ice-skating rinks, and a golf course. Dining options include a kid-friendly pizzeria, as well as a mountaintop café and a market to pick up snacks and picnic fare. The terrain is great for outdoor adventures year-round, making this a popular destination in both summer and winter.

Opened in 1946, Squaw Valley was created by lawyer Alex Cushing, who bravely placed the key attractions near the peak, not the base. The resort became world famous when the 1960 Winter Olympics were hosted here. KT-22 is the resort’s most renowned peak.

The mountain has more than 170 trails, six terrain parks and 30 lifts, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Grab a map from Squaw Valley village and navigate the slopes, or start with some lessons. The terrain parks offer jumps and sharp turns for the more experienced. You can also rent a tube, a go-kart or even a magic carpet at SnoVentures.

The Gold Coast is Squaw’s beginner zone, funneling back to the lodge, market and café. The world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks is located here, so you don't even have to unbuckle your boots to enjoy a cappuccino. You don’t have to leave at the end of the day either: go night skiing on the lit up slopes for a completely different ambience. If you’re visiting in summer, join a yoga class, go hiking, or play a game of tennis. You can also rent a bike to ride to Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River.

After a day of outdoor fun, head to the spa to be pampered or explore the picturesque Village with its many shops, restaurants and bars.

The entrance to Squaw Valley is in between Truckee and Tahoe City. There’s underground valet parking in front of the Tram building and the resort is also serviced by the North Lake Tahoe Express shuttle that connects the resort to Tahoe City and the Reno–Tahoe airport. Your lift pass is also valid for the Alpine Meadows Resort, which is connected by a free shuttle bus that runs regularly throughout the day.

There’s something about Squaw Valley that seems to overflow with possibilities. Maybe it’s the 450 inches of yearly snow or the high-tech lift system that lets you traverse every inch of the mountain in minutes flat. Perhaps it’s the perfect weather of Sierra Nevada, the pastoral charm of the nearby village, or the endless deals and discount prices on rentals and lift tickets. Whatever makes the top Squaw Valley ski packages sing, they truly steal the show. 

Perched in the gorgeous Lake Tahoe area, this CA treasure is known for providing the sort of ski vacations travelers talk about for years. The resort’s vast expanse certainly helps to make it unforgettable; together with sister region Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley ski getaways offer six peaks, 270 trails, and more than 6,000 acres of powder. Ski tours and tickets let you explore the manicured runs, open bowls and thrilling terrain parks, and a much-loved ski school gives beginners the chance to hit the bunny slopes at the height of the season. 

What’s more, in the decades since it hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, the region has worked to create a bevy of unique ski vacation packages for its guests. Hop aboard the aerial tram to explore the sights of scenic High Camp. Test your Squaw Valley snowboarding skills at one of the super-charged pipes. Take a pass at the night skiing and heli skiing opportunities, or give your ski rentals a rest by kicking back with an apres-run spa treatment. After all, Squaw Valley skiing is more than just an experience; it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle.

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