1960 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, California 96146
Squaw Valley has come a long way from its humble 1949 beginnings, when the resort featured a single chair lift, one rope tow and a lodge. Today, it’s one of the leading destination resorts the world over, thanks to its range of year-round recreation and premier accommodations. Squaw Valley is best known for its role as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, an event that launched the resort into the international spotlight.
Squaw Valley measures 4,000 skiable acres spread across six peaks at a base elevation of 6,200 feet. The summit peaks at 9,050 feet for a vertical rise of 2,850 feet. The world’s most advanced lift system offers access to Squaw’s 170 trails, on which skiers and riders will find steep chutes, wide, impeccably groomed boulevards, open glades and deep powder pockets. Extreme riders will also find terrain parks filled with rails, jumps and even half-pipes. Twenty-five percent of the mountain’s trails rank as beginner, 45 percent qualify as intermediate, and 30 percent are designated as advanced, but that’s just the beginning of the experience at Squaw. The mountain is known for its endless amenities at the spectacular base lodge and village and at High Camp, which is accessed by the resort’s aerial cable car. From the swimming lagoon and spa to the Olympic Ice Pavilion to the Olympic Museum and so much more, there’s as much to experience off the slopes as on.
Squaw Valley offers a fantastic ski school with lessons, clinics and specialty programs, as well as first-rate rental equipment. The Children’s Center offers both lessons and daycare for pint-sized skiers and snowboarders. There are several activities for kids: a mountain-top terrain park just for kids, with a snow fort, kid-sized jumps and kickers, and a kids map that takes them on an adventure through Squaw’s best kid-friendly terrain. New and just for adults, look for an expanded night terrain park, a new ski clinic, brilliant base lodge renovations, a bigger demo center and improved snowmaking.
As befitting a world-class destination resort, Squaw Valley has earned numerous awards and accolades from various websites and publications, most recently as one of SKI Magazine’s top 30 resorts for 2010 and Freeskier Magazine’s top 10.
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