Squaw's $56 lift ticket is pricey, but multi-day passes provide some relief. However, don't expect the mid-week specials of the smaller resorts. Also, if the weather is storming you may wish to check the ski reports in the morning, before you motor over to Squaw. Squaw (and Alpine) have very exposed peaks and often close the upper mountain lifts for wind-hold. On such days, you will still pay the full price for the privilege of skiing the runs serviced by Red Dog and Squaw Creek over and over.
Squaw has 4 major service areas: High Camp and Gold Coast on the mountain, and Olympic Village and Squaw Creek Resort at the base. When you are tired of skiing, there are plenty of shops, eateries and bars all vieing for what money remains in your wallet. I like the outdoor grill at the base of Squaw Creek Resort: Burgers and fries will run you at least 8 bucks, but they are well worth it, especially on a sunny day when you can get a bistro table outside with a view of the mountain. Check out the shops and hotel, too. There's something decadent about clomping in your ski boots around the plush carpet of the lobby, leaving clumps of snow in your wake.
Squaw hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, and they will never let anyone forget it. Sure, there is a lot of hype, and other resorts may be more low key, cost-effective and friendly. But you should come at least once and see what some of the hype is about.
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Placer County, California
August 25, 2010
March 20, 2005
From journal Birthday Trip to Tahoe
February 17, 2005
From journal 3rd day of skiing and still going!!!!!!
February 10, 2005
You'll think you own the mountain, there is so much mountain to cover. This mountain can handle it!
The snow was perfect. And the sun just made the day! For all you East Coasters - leave your warm coats behind and bring your sunscreen.
This mountain, as big as it is, is perfect for riders and skiers of all levels. But this mountain is a snowboarder’s dream – wide-open trails and bowls. You'll think you died and went to heaven.
From journal Squaw does not disappoint!
WALL, New Jersey
January 24, 2005
From journal Ski Lake Tahoe
December 14, 2004
Overall, this is an excellent resort, ranked #4 on my list of ski areas in the west where I've skied.
From journal Believe the Hype - Squaw delivers
November 24, 2004
From journal Squaw Valley Visit
West Paterson, New Jersey
May 18, 2004
From journal Skiing
San Francisco, California
February 29, 2004
The Village at Squaw Valley is still continuing to be built with several phases still to be completed. Currently, there are many restaurants to choose from, and little boutiques to shop at. The restaurants are best left for dinner. The restaurants in the Squaw Valley ski area and in the upper mountain tend to be pricey so I would suggest packing your own lunch and storing it in a locker. You'll save a ton of money doing so. Squaw Valley has snow-making machines all over the mountain, so when snow is needed, it can be made.
From journal Snow, Ski, Relax at OVI
December 4, 2003
No first time trip to Lake Tahoe is complete without visiting this site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. It is truly a world class destination resort.
There is only one word to describe Squaw -- immense. They have one of the most extensive lift networks in the world with an uphill capacity of 50,000 skiers per hour, so the lift lines are rarely very long.
Plenty of terrain for skiers of all levels, with the beginner and most of the intermediate runs well-groomed and lots of open bowls.
With a third of the runs of the black diamond variety, this is an extremely challenging experience. Many of the intermediate runs are challenging for upper level intermediate skiers, while a lot of the black diamonds, while steep and bumpy, are wide enough to be fun and a real challenge for the upper level intermediate, and there are lots of untouched by snowcat areas for advanced skiers who like the wilderness experience.
If you don’t believe this is a challenging experience for all, just ask one of the mountain guides about the story of how KT-22 (black diamond) got its name. I especially liked KT-22. I am not quite good enough to really do it right, but it is wide enough that I was able to really feel like I had a little style, and it was fun.
Their ski school is as good as any I have seen, with some exceptional advanced level instruction.
From Broken Arrow you get some beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.
Well worth the hour drive from South Lake, but save Squaw for a nice, sunny day for maximum enjoyment because the upper lifts are high, cold, and windy and it is no fun sitting in an exposed chair and freezing on wind hold, and you don’t want to spend this kind of money and driving time just to be isolated to the lower lifts.
From journal Skiing at South Lake Tahoe