A friend gave me some very sage advice before I went to Squaw that I will pass along out of common courtesy--take plenty of money. Everything there is expensive, even by ski resort standards. I don’t regret one single dollar I spent though, as Squaw is truly an experience of a lifetime.
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.