It doesn’t take too long on your first visit to Squaw Valley to see why it was selected as the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
With its six peaks, varied terrain, stunning alpineand lake views, and average annual snowfall of 450 inches, Squaw Valley is a snow sports paradise. Add tothat natural skiing perfection the Village at Squaw Valley (with nearly 60 restaurants, shops, and galleries), a wide variety of activities off the snow, world-class lodging, and lift tickets that grant unlimited access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and you have today’s Squaw Valley Ski Resort, one of the top ski resorts in the world.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort at Tahoe: Skiing and snow boarding
With 3,600 skiable acres, 29 lifts, 170 trails, 16 bowls, and 4 terrain parks, Squaw Valley has a lot to offer in sheer size. Spread across six peaks in the Olympic Valley about 10 miles fromLake Tahoe’s northwestern shore, Squaw Valley has skiing and boarding for all ability levels.
While well-known for its extreme terrainwith30% of itsruns ranked advanced or expert, the remaining 70% of Squaw’s trails rangefrom mild to challenging, with 25% suitable for beginners and 45% intermediate – making it a perfect resort for everyone.
Beginners can learn with a view at Squaw Valley.A scenic tram ride to High Camp lands beginners in the middle of numerous gentle, groomed green runs, as well as a skating rink, swimming pool, and the Terrace restaurant and bar.
For beginners of all ages, Squaw Valley has created first-time and beginner programs withdedicated learning zones and teaching methodologies designed to reduce obstacles and accelerate progression to more advanced skiing.The Squaw Valley Ski School also offers intermediate, advanced, expert, children and family programs.
Squaw Valley has the reputation of not having muchintermediate skiing. Yet, nearly half of the trails at Squaw are blue runs. If you like blues, jump on the Gold Coast Funitel and head up to some beautiful runs(a funitel has two steel cables versus the one on a classic gondola, allowing it to tolerate higher winds). Manyof the trails off the Siberia Express, Emigrant, Gold Coast Express, and Shirley Lake Express chairlifts are intermediate with varying levels of steepness and difficulty. The 360° views at the top ofEmigrant arestunning and not to be missed.
The longest run at Squaw Valleyis Mountain Run, a 3.2-mile intermediate trail that winds down to the base of the mountain. The Red Dog lift, at the base, deliverssome tree skiing and riding opportunities, as well as a good ride down the intermediate Champs Elysees.
For the experts – KT-22 and Headwall are legendary for their jaw-dropping descents, steep chutes, moguls, cliffs,and bowl skiing.
Squaw Valley has four terrain parks – Gold Coast, High Camp, Snow Ventures, and Belmont – with 44 features between them.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort at Tahoe:On mountain dining & drinking
Squaw Valley has some amazing restaurants and bars, but we have to start this section with my favorite place on the mountain – a ski-in/ski-out Starbucks!
Locatedat the top of the Funitel, it is one of the best places to grab a chai or latte and enjoy the view. Also at the top of the Funitel areFuni’s On-mountain Market for a quick sandwich, soups, and Funi Crepes and The Arc, with assorted food stations offering soups, salads, pizzas, grilled fare, and Asian cuisine.
At High Camp, Silvey’s Cafe offers quick fare with paninis, soups, and snacks and the Terraceisa sit-down restaurant and bar that serves tasty lunch offeringswith panoramic views.
The Village atSquaw Valley
The Village at Squaw Valley’s 60 restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries provide a wide variety of shopping,dining, and après ski options at the base of the mountain. Especially on weekends and holidays, the Village has a bustling, jovial and diverse atmosphere, where upscale Bay area residents mix with powder-seeking ski bums.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort: Other activities
In addition to the world-class skiing, the resort has numerous other activities to enjoy during a stay at Squaw Valley including:
A scenic ride on theAerial Tram,climbing 2,000 vertical feet to High Camp at 8,200 ft elevation, can be enjoyed year round by skiers and non-skiers alike.
At High Camp, the Olympic Ice Pavilion offers ice skating with panoramic views for adults and children.Hockey or figure skate rentals are availableat the rink.
Snow tubingis located at SnoVentures Activity Zone at thebase area of Squaw Valley nearthe parking lot. A popular activity, tubing tickets are limited per session and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.Also at Squaw Valley’s SnoVentures Activity Zone, kids ages 6-12 can take amini snowmobile for a whirl around the mini snowmobile course.
Snowshoeing onSquaw Valley’s trail system isa fabulous way to explore nature in the Olympic Valley. The Nordic Center rents snowshoes for adults and kids and snowshoe trails originate at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
And, that’s just a start. Also available are dog sledding, climbing walls, visiting the Olympic Museum, taking a dip in the High Camp pool & hot tub (seasonal), bungee sky jumping, and yoga.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort at Tahoe: Where to stay
Squaw Valley has a variety of lodging options including the Village at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley Lodge, Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn, and the Resort at Squaw Valley. Additionally, hotels are available in Tahoe City and Truckee, with each town located about 12 miles away.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort at Tahoe: Getting there and parking
Squaw Valley’s resortaddress is 2600 Alpine Meadows Rd, Tahoe City, California 96145.
Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valleyis just 47 miles from the Reno Tahoe Airport, 96 miles from Sacramento, and 196 miles from San Francisco.From Highway 80, take the CA-89 S (exit 185) exit and continue on Highway 89 for about 10 miles. Turn right on Squaw Valley Road.
Free parking is available next to the Village, with a short walk to the Funitel.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort: Know before you go
Ski conditioning will make your ski vacation more enjoyable.
Don’t ski above your ability. Warren Miller filmshave been shot at Squaw Valley – and extreme is really extreme here. Watching a film while throwing back a beer is one thing; hiking a ridgeand heading down one ofSquaw’s steeps is something else. There are many expertskiers and riders at Squaw – they aren’t on vacation.Don’t get caught up in it all, overdo it andput yourself and others at risk.
Dress in layers.Consider skiing with asmall backpack for storing layers as the day moves from cold to warmer temperatures and also take gloves of various weights and hand warmers. Mountain conditions can changefrom warm to cold and back again quickly. Another option – day-use lockers are available at the top of the Funitel, providing easyaccess throughout the day without going all the way down to the base.
Rent gear.Renting provides a good chance to try out new skis or boards andsimplifies travel, especially in airports.
Consider hiring transportation to the mountain.Squaw Valley has so many restaurants and activities, a car isn’t really needed. Hiring transportation lets you enjoy the scenery as a professional navigates the weather and road conditions that can change quickly in the Sierra. If you choose to drive, remember that chains are required frequently on Highway 80 and Highway 89,and be sure to check the road conditions at theCalifornia Department of Transportation (Caltrans)before heading to Squaw Valley.
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The historic Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe has been renamed Palisades Tahoe because “squaw” is a “racist and sexist slur” whose use is “contrary to our company's values,” resort officials announced Monday.What is the longest ski run in Tahoe? ›
1. Palisades Tahoe. A world-renowned ski resort, Palisades Tahoe was the site of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games and offers some of the best ski runs in Lake Tahoe. The resort has 3,600 acres of skiable terrain, 29 ski lifts, and more than 170 trails, with the longest run extending for 3.2 miles.How did Squaw Valley get its name? ›
Name. When westward bound travelers first encountered the valley, they called it Squaw Valley because they saw only Washoe women and children, as most of the men were away hunting. The name "Squaw Valley" has become associated with the area's history as a skiing destination.What is Squaw Valley? ›
From its founding in 1949 until 2021, the resort was known as Squaw Valley, but changed its name due to the derogatory meaning of squaw to Native Americans and their allies. It was the host site for the 1960 Winter Olympics. Palisades Tahoe. The Village at Palisades Tahoe, July 2007. Palisades Tahoe.What is a female Native American called? ›
In most colonial texts squaw was used as a general word for Indigenous women.What is squaw called now? ›
When the name is Squaw, there's a lot of meaning attached — not good meaning, either. That's why the ski resort will now be known as Palisades Tahoe.What is the steepest run at Squaw Valley? ›
McConkeys/Eagles Nest, Squaw Valley
McConkeys is accessed off the KT-22 chair lift and rated at a 68-degree pitch in its steepest section. Originally referred to as Eagle's Nest, it was renamed for the late Shane McConkey, who was one of the most influential skiers to come through Squaw Valley.
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“The term has historically been used as an offensive ethnic, racial and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women,” the department said in a news release.
One of the changes will come in Utah County, where Squaw Mountain will be renamed Kyhv Peak. The term “squaw” has been used as a racist slur to refer to a Native American woman. Dozens of other sites in Utah used the derogatory term.Is squaw now called Palisades? ›
After more than 70 years of operating with a term deemed derogatory by many Native Americans, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has changed its name to Palisades Tahoe. The resort announced it would drop the term from its name more than a year ago, and on Monday morning officially announced the change.Why did Palisades change their name? ›
In 2020, we came to the conclusion that it was time to change our name. The reasons were clear—the old name was derogatory and offensive. It did not stand for who we are or what we represent, and we could not in good conscience continue to use it. So we began a long and difficult process.