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Squaw Valley Resort

The other giant on the north side of Lake Tahoe is Squaw Valley, the home of the VIII Winter Olympic games in 1960. The resort lies at the end of the valley surrounded by six peaks. The area is a mecca for shopping, relaxing and dining at the resort restaurants. Local resort activities in winter include skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rids and even dog sled tours of the surrounding meadows. There is a health and fitness spa mid mountain which can are enjoyed in winter or summer.

In summer, Squaw is known for the golf course at Squaw Creek, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails and the proximity to the Truckee River. Summers are filled kayaking, canoing or just floating lazily down the river in an inflatable raft. Because of the resort's popularity, the entire community of Olympic Valley, the town in which Squaw resides, is commonly referred to as "Squaw Valley." In winter the resort attracts 700,000 skiers a year. There is an ice rink, movie theaters, bars, restaurants in The Village at Squaw Valley which is at the base of the slopes and precisely where the infamous Squaw Valley Tram starts.
The aerial tram or cable car is the landmark of Squaw Valley The cable car carries visitors up 2000 vertical feet to the High Camp Bath and Tennis Club where you can swim, spa or sun year round. Yes, even in winter, when it is freezing.

Squaw Valley also operates the only Funitel outside of Europe. It is a unique kind of gondola that takes you up the mountain on a dual set of cables. The Squaw Valley tram operates year round and is a "must do" for anyone coming to the area.
Squaw Valley Cable Car, Aerial Tramway
The infamous Squaw Valley Cable Car / Tram

Squaw Valley Vacations

You can make Squaw Valley lodging reservations with City Concierge as we know the area well. You can rent a myriad of neighborhood homes, cabins or luxury lake front Lake Tahoe rentals in or around Olympic Valley or stay in the more plush Squaw Village, or Squaw Creek Resort, or nearby in Truckee or Tahoe City. Truckee, with such a funny name, happens to have a great nightlife and some wonderful places to dine.

You may also want to consider taking a day and skiing at Northstar at Tahoe another wonderful resort about 20 minutes away.

If you're coming up in winter City Concierge offers discount lift tickets to Squaw Valley. You might want to consider the new Mountain Collective pass which let's you ski Squaw and Mammoth on the same ticket. We'll help you sort things out. It's a big area with lots of things to do, and a wonderful vacation spot winter or summer.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort

With bountiful maritime snowfall; often receiving 40 or more feet in a winter, amounting to snow pack depths of 200 inches and steep, granite-laden terrain, Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a mecca for Big Mountain, and steep, skiing. Legendary cliff and chute-infested areas like The Palisades or The Fingers have been featured in many ski films, and have likewise attracted a melange of professional and pro-caliber skiers. Since its opening in 1949, Squaw Valley Skiing has positioned itself among an A-list of North American Big Mountain Skiing mecca such as Mammoth Mountain, Whistler, and Aspen. It is the second-largest ski area at Lake Tahoe with Heavenly Valley resort being the first. So popular are Mammoth Mountain and Heavenly Valley that often vacationers will take in both areas on the same trip. Mammoth is just 3.5 hours away by car, and Heavenly Valley is the other side of the lake.

Both boarders and skiers will get a kick out of KT-22, Squaw Valley’s crown jewel, 2000 vertical feet studded with moguls, steep slopes, and deep canyons. Many terrain parks and half pipes are available with new features added all the time

Alpine Meadows

Recently Squaw Valley bought their neighbor so you can ski Alpine Meadows with the same lift ticket as it will get you in at both. Squaw is equipped with high speed quads and high speed six packs chair lifts, and offers the most skiable acreage in the Tahoe area. In addition, the Squaw Valley Ski Resort features some of the greatest variety of challenges, from lazy open bowls to tricky terrain parks and half pipes, packed moguls and the famous KT-22. Multiple lifts eliminate wait time. Moody and enchanting night skiing is also available on lighted slopes. The Squaw Valley trail maps tell it all.

The site was founded in 1949 by Alexander Cushing (1913-2006), a New York attorney who transformed Lake Tahoe with his vision for the mountain and innovations in the ski industry. Cushing modeled Squaw Valley after European resorts by putting pools and lodging on the mountain instead of at the base, and brought the latest lift technology to the United States.





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