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Ski Experience - Squaw Valley


As visitors arrive they are first welcomed by the Olympic torch, burning since the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, soon after they are greeted by the beautiful European-style village, and colossal snow covered peaks. The area is a winter paradise as more than half a million people flock to the resort every winter to enjoy its luxurious accommodations, legendary skiing and snowboarding, and an ambiance that perfectly blends adventure, fun, and relaxation.

Ski Levels

The ski area is absolutely enormous and spans 4,000 acres over six peaks. There are 16 bowls that have terrain ranging from gentle sloping runs to menacingly steep chutes. The 170+ runs also cater to all ability levels—25 percent of the runs are great for beginners, 45 percent suits intermediate levels, and the remaining 30 percent are reserved for the most experienced and advanced skiers.

The area's climate is quite unique, as it receives huge amounts of snow (450+ inches) and has more than 300 sunny days a year. Remember to bring plenty of layers, waterproof a plus, because temperatures can vary greatly during the day. Also, it is imperitive to bring sun protection due to the combination of high elevation, reflective snow glare, and pristine cloudless days.

While it is home to some of the best skiers in the world, it is no surprise the instructors on the mountain are also some of the most highly qualified and experienced in the business. Skiers will take lessons away from the general population in a safe and secure area. There are a variety of group lessons, private lessons, a teen freeride camp, women-only classes, back-country skills clinics, and the “Rocker Revolution” class, which focuses on introducing skiers to the newest in ski design.

Après Ski

The village is rife with luxury facilities and essential services. Among the standard offerings are full and half-day lessons and daycare, storage lockers, rental and repair shops, and a medical center. However, it’s in the luxury offerings setting it apart from most other resorts. There are beautiful art galleries, boutiques, unique souvenir shops, and an incredible range of the top brands for skiing and snowboarding. There are also more than 40 spots to dine and enjoy the scenery, from quick cafes to elegant and romantic restaurants.

The resort works hard to make a ski vacation here affordable. They offer great fly and ski free specials, heavily discounted ski and stay packages, as well as deals on lessons, rentals, and dining.