From easy to the extreme with plenty in between, Squaw Valley is one of our favourite Lake Tahoe ski resorts.
It's an easy life here, with quick access to a magnificent mountain and all the cosy convenience of a purpose-built village. Nestling between six big peaks and one very big lake, Squaw Valley is where you'll discover some of the most exciting and diverse skiing and boarding in the Tahoe region.
The six peaks define Squaw Valley's profile, and it's the lifts servicing each peak that is graded, instead of the trails, which are not shown on the trail map. But the 1960 Olympic resort has decided to introduce more named trails, breaking away from its “ski anywhere” policy. The mountains here are fabulous for experts, some rippling with monster moguls, steep chutes, gullies and drops - snowboarders love Squaw Valley for this and its three snow-parks. For intermediates, there are cruising trails, steeper blues and mild powder-rich blacks. Beginners will love the rich choice of easy greens to progress to from the nursery slopes.
Squaw Valley resort, a small village at the base of the mountain, is another successful offspring of Intrawest, Whistler's big daddy. Tucked back from the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the village is not only convenient for the slopes but has beautiful views towards the lake too. For a small place, the choice of food is impressive, with sushi, steak and tapas all a few doors away. Lots of the restaurants double up as bars too, so if you're looking for beers and cheers, they're out there somewhere.
Resort Altitude: 1,890m
Resort Skiing: 2,760m
Total Ski Area: 100km
Blue Runs: 25km
Red Runs: 45km
Black Runs: 30km
Cross Country: 18km
Squaw Valley itself offers 100km of skiable terrain over six peaks, making it the second largest resort in the Lake Tahoe area and a great resort for skiers. It also offers a wide range of runs for skiers of all abilities to enjoy. With over 30 lifts throughout the resort, there's easy access to all slopes and ski areas, including the Alpine Meadows.
Home to a vast and varied terrain, Squaw Valley caters for all abilities of skiers. Those new to skiing are well looked after here, with a wide range of beginners slopes and good progress runs available. Advanced skiers can enjoy the challenging terrain on offer, as well as a variety of off-piste sections available.
Squaw Valley is packed full of double black diamonds, so free-riders looking for an adrenaline rush will find plenty to get their boards into. There are also some great offerings of powder and some well spread-out trees around the mountain. For those less experienced, the resort has some great cruisy runs and some wide off-piste opportunities.
Squaw Valley provides an excellent ski school service for the younger skiers from the age of 3 up to 12. The school hosts a unique 12,000 square ft. facility dedicated specifically to the resorts younger guests, complete with a full-service rental shop, a private ski hill with a pony tow and two magic carpet lifts.
A number of restaurants are available for you to experience in the village, ranging from fine dining cuisines to quick snack outlets. Bistro 22 is a resort favourite and popular with the locals too, serving the best of both worlds with either a fine dining menu and quick food in a cosy environment.
A range of bars and restaurants are present in the Squaw Valley resort for you to continue your holiday into the evening and through the night. Situated at the bottom of the KT-22 lift, the KT-Base Bar is a popular favourite for a drink after a day's skiing. Bistro 22 also has quite a lively après scene too.
The newly opened SnoVentures centre offers non-skiers the opportunity to partake in activities including riding snowmobiles (with smaller sizes available for children to drive) and snowtubing. There's also an indoor climbing wall, trampolining and tobogganing on offer. Another option is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and go for a walk, allowing you to explore the beautiful are surrounding Squaw Valley.