Squaw Valley USA
- Type: Recreation, Skiing
- Time to Spend: More than Full Day
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Sprawling across six peaks on Lake Tahoe's western shore (about eight miles northwest of Tahoe City), Squaw Valley USA has been dubbed one of the world's finest ski resorts thanks to its 4,000 acres of ski-worthy terrain and its extremely advanced lift system. It's no wonder this resort was chosen to host the 1960s Olympic Winter Games. As one Yelp.com user writes: "I can't wait to go back. This place is ENORMOUS with a variety of run types and levels of difficulty. I could easily spend a few days here, as opposed to other resorts where you feel like you've done all you need to in a day." And Squaw is a smart choice for first-time skiers too; about 70 percent of its slopes are geared toward those at the beginning 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. 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. From mid-December to March, the lifts are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. During the rest of the season, the lifts close at 4 p.m. Prices and hours of other activities around the resort vary. For more information, check out Squaw Valley's website.