The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas in US and is located in the Olympic Valley , California . It is the second-largest ski area at Lake Tahoe (after Heavenly), with 33 chairlifts and the only funitel in the U.S. The resort attracts approximately 600,000 skiers a year. Around 600,000 skiers come at Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Skiing started here in 1949, but the fame and fortune of the resort took off when it was picked to host the 1960 winter olympics. At the end of the decade, Squaw Valley hosted the World Cup tour in 1969 with four alpine ski races, slalom and giant slalom for both men and women.
The village, still home to several older olympic buildings, is a mostly modern, up-market ski resort. It was built with the inviting ambiance of a European style mountain village and features the sort of restaurants, shops, and support services skiers expect to find when visiting such a venerable area.
Located in the Sierra Nevada, with a base of 6,200 feet (1,900 m) and spread across 6 peaks and 4,000 acres the resort tops out at 9,050 feet (2,760 m) above sea level at Granite Chief. The area receives heavy maritime snowfall, frequently receiving 40 feet (12 m) or more in a winter.
Squaw Valley is not just for the big boys of winter. Recreation abounds for any level of skier or rider, even non-skiers. The Cable Car and Funitel are available for site seeing year round. High Camp, accessed via the Cable Car, is basecamp for the Swimming Lagoon & Spa, Ice Skating Rink, Olympic Museum, plus several restaurants, all open year round. The Village at Squaw Valley, at the base of the resort, offers a variety of fine dining, eclectic shopping, plus frequent special events including art and music festivals. Visit the Lake Tahoe Events calendar for more information prior to your trip.
Really a year round playground, Squaw Valley Ski Resort offers winter skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In summer, hiking, mountain biking and even organized star gazing are on the menu. For golfers the Resort at Squaw Creek Golf Course offers a “links style” championship course right in the valley.
Squaw Valley is home to several annual summer events. The July Wanderlust Festival brings in accomplished yoga teachers as well as many well-known musical performers. In August, the Squaw Valley writer’s conference attracts authors from all over the world. Many summer camps operate out of the Valley .
There’s plenty of accomodation in the ski village itself, and staying in the village (rather than elsewhere round the Lake) avoids any ‘commuting’ along busy Highway 89. In the evening there’s a good range of shops and restaurants available. Nightlife is somewhat limited, but the club ZenBu can be recommended for its rocking feel.
The surrounding community of Squaw Valley, known as Olympic Valley offers plenty of lodging options, including hotels, condos, rental homes, even a hostel – something for every budget. Of course you can’t forget about Squaw’s proximity to Tahoe. “The Lake” is only a 5-10 minute drive away, and truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. There is an abundance of vacation rentals in the communities along Lake Tahoe, as well as a wide variety of Tahoe Hotels to choose from.
Ski shops, designer boutiques, post office, beauty salon, liquor, cleaners, grocers, ski equipment, drug store, fast food and factory outlets in Truckee and more. Nursery/childcare available in Squaw Valley for ages 2-12. Doctor’s office on-site; Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee 12 miles away. Ski rental and repair, and cross country rental and repair available on-site. Classes in racing, mogul, extreme, parabolic, freestyle, snowboarding, powder; Just For Women; Snow School for ages 3-12, ski instruction and games.
[References: www.laketahoe.com , www.onthesnow.co.uk]
Squaw Valley USA is definitel a legendary winter vacation destination in California that you won’t forget too soon .