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Squaw Valley

1759 Squaw Loop Road | Olympic Valley, CA 96146-2007 | Official website
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  • Type: Recreation, Skiing
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Sprawling across six peaks on Lake Tahoe's western shore (about 10 miles northwest of Tahoe City), Squaw Valley has been dubbed one of the world's finest ski resorts thanks to its more than 4,000 acres of ski-worthy terrain and its advanced lift system. It's no wonder this resort was chosen to host the 1960s Olympic Winter Games. Recent visitors are impressed by the sheer size of the resort and say it offers a wide range of exciting runs — when the weather cooperates. Squaw is a smart choice for first-time skiers too; about 70 percent of its slopes are geared toward those at the beginner and intermediate level.

But top-notch powder isn't the only thing Squaw Valley has to offer. You can also hop a cable car and head to High Camp for a day of ice skating at the Olympic Ice Pavilion (open year-round) or, if you're in need of some R&R, head to the Trilogy Spa at Squaw Valley for some pampering. Squaw Valley also has an arcade and a climbing wall. Meanwhile, the Village at Squaw Valley offers ample dining options as well as nightlife venues. And if you're visiting Lake Tahoe during the summer, you can delight in the resort's swimming lagoon and golf course. 

Lift tickets here are pricey, but recent visitors say it's well worth it. Plus, all-day and afternoon lift tickets include free night skiing. Lift operations and hours vary depending on the season, so check out Squaw Valley's website for more information.

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