Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley
1 of 5
Courtesy Squaw Valley

Key Info

1960 Squaw Valley Rd.

Price & Hours

Lift ticket prices vary by day
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Recreation, Skiing Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 nearly 4,000 acres of ski-worthy terrain and its advanced lift system. It's no wonder this resort was chosen to host the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Recent visitors were impressed by the sheer size of the resort and said 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 take the family snow-tubing at the SnoVentures Activity Zone located in the base area of Squaw Valley adjacent to the parking lot or, if you're in need of some rest and relaxation, head to the Trilogy Spa at Squaw Valley for some pampering. Squaw Valley also has an indoor climbing wall, located in the Aerial Tram building, and a stunning pool and hot tub found at High Camp. 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 tee off at the resort's championship golf course. 

The winter season spans from November to mid-May while the brief summer season stretches from mid-May to mid-September. The lifts are open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during ski season; night operations on select days are available from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Lift ticket prices vary by month and day, but you can expect to pay at least $100 for an adult one-day ticket. To save on lift tickets, purchase in advance online. You can also save by purchasing multi-day packages. Because Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows operate as one mega-resort, you can easily hop between the two (lift tickets and season passes are interchangeable between each resort) thanks to the free shuttle. For more information on ticket prices, lodging and summer activities, check out the resort's website.

See all Hotels in Lake Tahoe »

More Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 12
#1 Emerald Bay State Park

Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is known for its colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City (about 20 miles) or north from South Lake Tahoe (about 10 miles) and you'll come across the Emerald Bay Lookout, the park's crown jewel. And you should make sure you have a camera on hand – the scenery is breathtaking and travelers say there are photo opportunities everywhere you turn.

Read more
Howcheng/Wikimedia Commons
See full list of Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe »

Explore More of Lake Tahoe

Recommended

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019

15 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Across America

Plan an unforgettable trip in your own backyard or on the opposite coast.

Will WalkeyMarch 12, 2019

The 30 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Explore the globe in search of these intriguing historic sights.

Gwen PratesiMarch 11, 2019

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2019

U.S. News ranked 3,877 top properties for 2019. Check out the 50 best.

Zach WatsonFebruary 5, 2019

30 Hot New Hotels to Check Out in 2019

See which new properties offer surprising and fun features.

Lyn MettlerFebruary 5, 2019

10 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the USA

Go all-in for these luxe resorts flush with amenities.

Will WalkeyFebruary 5, 2019

The Caribbean Comeback: 12 New and Renovated Caribbean Hotels to Visit

These island properties are sure to impress travelers.

Erin ShieldsFebruary 5, 2019

17 Amazing Kid-Friendly Hotels

Discover which properties offer ample amenities for children.

Christine SmithFebruary 5, 2019

AAA Announces 2019 Diamond Award Winners

Of the more than 27,000 properties evaluated, 1,843 hotels earned Four and Five Diamond awards.

Zach WatsonJanuary 31, 2019

30 Cheap Beach Vacations for Travelers on a Budget

See which waterfront escapes won't burn a hole in your wallet.

Kyle McCarthyJanuary 24, 2019