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 3,600 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 six terrain parks filled with rails, jumps, and 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 lessons 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 including SKI Magazine’s top 30 resorts for 2010 and Freeskier Magazine’s top 10.
Squaw Valley and neighboring Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on a season pass or any lift ticket.
New for the 2013/14 winter season:
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are investing $8 million in capital improvements for the 2013/14 winter season. The improvements are part of year three of the resorts' five-year, $70 million renaissance designed to improve all facets of the resort experience. Investments over the past two years totaled $38 million and brought new chairlifts, expanded kids' activities, new restaurants, redesigned terrain parks, and the world's first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks to the resorts.
Squaw and Wanderlust have partnered to open the Wanderlust Yoga Studio--a permanent home for yoga and positive energy in beautiful Squaw Valley. In addition to classes seven days a week, the new yoga studio will offer workshops that incorporate Squaw's extraordinary landscape, including pairing yoga classes with hiking and paddleboarding in the summer, and skiing and riding in the winter. Squaw Valley was the original birthplace of the Wanderlust Festival, now the world's largest and fastest-growing music and yoga festival.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have purchased two new food trucks to serve up fresh, new dining options at the resorts this winter. Called Mtn Roots, the trucks offer an eclectic mix of regionally- and sustainably-sourced food. Menu options include quick bites as well as more substantial options for sit-down meals that can be enjoyed at nearby tables. Much of the menu has been created in partnership with the Tahoe Food Hub, a local nonprofit committed to increasing the availability of nutritious, ecologically-grown food.
Squaw Valley has installed four new electric car chargers at the resort, making it a supplier of energy for most electric cars on the market today. The charging stations are located at the western edge of the Far East Building, next to Cornice Cantina.
The recently-renovated KT Base Bar and Plaza Bar are both getting delicious new menu items. Located at Olympic House, these two bars are great places to enjoy lunch and apres ski at the mountain.
Squaw is also offering a new program called Teaching Tykes, designed for parents who want tips on how to teach their little ones (ages 3-5) to ski or snowboard. Available for $169, the price includes a one-hour lesson for parent and child, beginning lift ticket for parent and child if 5-years old (ages 3 & 4 are already free), and kids ski or snowboard rentals. Squaw Valley is offering a new kids team program. The snowboarding equivalent of Squaw's long-acclaimed Mighty Mites program, the new Mighty Riders program will offer young riders ages 7-13 the opportunity to develop skills and passion.
To ensure excellent snow surface conditions regardless of Mother Nature's plans, investments have been made to the resort's snowmaking system and grooming fleet.
Investments have also been made in new terrain park features, with a focus on expanding the resort's collection of jibs along with signature features.