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Squaw Valley

Squallywood, as many call it, is home to some of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders because the resort has Olympic terrain and amenities. Host of the Olympics in 1960, Its torch has been burning ever since. It is higher in elevation than many resorts in the area and largely north facing, which are ideal elements for great conditions and an extended season. The colossal village at the base is well equipped to handle the more that half million skiers and boarders the resort receives annually.

On the Slopes—World-Class Skiing

The ski area spans six mountains, covers 4,000 acres, a half mile of vertical, more than 170 named trails, and over 30 lifts to take riders around the gargantuan resort. It is most famous for its terrifyingly steep and narrow chutes and challenging tree skiing, some of the best is found off of the Granite Chief and KT-22 lifts. There are also three challenging terrain parks located on the mountain. Since the ski season usually runs from mid-November until late-May, visitors will have ample time and opportunity to experience world-class skiing. Discover why it’s one of the best resort areas with Ski Experience and Terrain Parks.

Off the Slopes

There is so much to see and do that visitors often stay near the resort during their vacation. The village offers nearly 50 different stores, indoor rock climbing, the Olympic Museum, sky jump bungee center, and great cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the delightful European-esque village. There is also a host of wintry activities such as ice skating, tubing, extensive Nordic trails and snowshoe terrain, a swimming lagoon located at 8,200 feet, or take a ride in the cable car, which is one of the top attractions.

While this resort is decidedly more pricier than other resorts, they offer a lot of great specials throughout the season, including discounts on lift tickets, lodging and dining. For budget lodging, guests may want to look to the nearby town of Truckee. The slope side, suite-style hotels have accommodations that range from cozy single rooms to spacious three-bedroom condos. Stop into the Trilogy spa after a day on the slopes or hit the Lava Lounge for a glass of wine.

Getting Here

The closest major airport is Reno-Tahoe International, find fly and ski deals. By car, Squaw is just 42 miles from Reno, 96 miles from Sacramento, and 196 miles from San Francisco via I-80. The entrance is just eight miles south from Truckee and six miles north of Tahoe City and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89. Or sign up for the rideshare program on the resort website and save gas money.

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