SQUAW VALLEY at LAKE TAHOE
Presented by Accommodation Tahoe
SQUAW VALLEY, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is one of the best-known ski resorts in the world. It's located northwest of Lake Tahoe and west of Reno, Nevada. Refer to the ski map for its location. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is located next door to the southeast (left side in the trail map below). The mountain is highly varied with open bowls, steep pitches, and some glade skiing. Squaw is well-serviced with 34 lifts (including the cable-car tram, a gondola, and detachable quads), an army of grooming equipment, and night lights over selected runs. Half of the lifts, including the gondola and the tram, start at the Olympic Village base (6200' elevation) while the others fan out from the upper village: Gold Coast at the top of the gondola and High Camp at the top of the tram. On the artist's image below, these are are located just west of the Broken Arrow peak at 8200'. Gold Coast is a giant lodge and sun-tanning Mecca. High Camp has restaurants, a pool, a skating rink, and a Bungee Jump!
All level of skiers enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe to the southeast and of Desolation Wilderness to the south and west. Expert skiers delight in some of the continent's toughest runs - these are indicated by orange exclamation marks on the trail map below. Small wonder that Squaw is a frequent Warren Miller film location. Beginners enjoy miles of wide, groomed trails and bowls and usually spent most of their ski day in the manicured alpine bowl around Gold Coast. Except on busy Saturdays, typical lift lines are less than one minute long!
The ski season usually runs from late November to early May. The tram and High Camp, including the big elastic, are open all year. The nightlife is also superb with Tahoe's famous casinos nearby on the south shore.