Squaw Valley Skiing & Snowboarding
It’s nearly impossible to ignore the call of Lake Tahoe and it’s famous ski resorts. Squaw Valley is the perfect resort for beginners and experienced skiers alike – an enormous, world-class ski resort overlooking the gorgeous shores of the ultra clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Squaw’s well-known intermediate runs take center stage at the resort, but because of the vastness of the resort, there is a sizable amount of terrain where beginners can enjoy as much pow as they want.
Just because it’s tagged as the “experts’ ski destination” doesn’t mean beginners can’t enjoy the combined slopes of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resort (the resorts combined in 2012). Across the two mountains are 6000 fantastic acres of skiable terrain – 25% of which is easy, green trails marked by groomed runs and gorgeous Lake Tahoe views. The action begins in the mid and upper mountain.
Squaw Valley may boast whopping stats for experienced skiers – summit elevation of 9050 feet, and 2850 vertical drop – but it’s also home to 1,500 acres of green runs. Short, easy slopes ideal for skiers of all ages can be accessed by Belmont, Links, and Bailey’s Beach lifts. Hop on the Emigrant chairlift to reach the longer, exceptionally groomed trails stretching up to 3.2 miles. The beginner and family-friendly areas of SnoVentures, Big Blue, and the Blue Room Zone have gentle slopes and safe-to-navigate routes perfect for both learning adults and children.
Squaw Valley is the second largest ski resort in Tahoe after Heavenly, boasting 6200 acres, 270 runs and 43 ski lifts. Snowfall averages 450 inches per year, earning this ski destination a place in the Top 10 resorts with great pow days in Northern America.
Low ski rental and accommodation prices make Squaw an attractive place for those looking for an affordable ski vacation. Ski rentals average $45, and accommodations come in at $111 (average price/person/night). Add in a $159 lift ticket with access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and a $15 lunch and your daily total of $330 makes Squaw one of the lowest priced California ski resorts. Even better, save up to 50% on discounted lift tickets by buying online in advance!
WHERE TO RENT GEAR
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ALPINE MEADOWS SKI RESORT
ABOUT ALPINE MEADOWS
Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first. From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.
- Beginner: 25%
- Intermediate: 40%
- Advanced: 35%
Skiable Acres: 2,400
- High Speed 6-Pack: 1
- High Speed Quads: 2
- Fixed Grip Triple Chairs: 3
- Fixed Grip Double Chairs: 5
- Surface Lifts: 2
Total Lifts: 13
Terrain Parks: 2
- Average Annual Snowfall: 450 inches
- Snowmaking: 9 out of 13 lifts
- Nov: 47 high, 24 low
- Dec: 40 high, 20 low
- Jan: 36 high, 16 low
- Feb: 39 high, 18 low
- Mar: 44 high, 21 low
- Apr: 50 high, 26 low
- May: 60 high, 32 low
Click here for the resort trail map.
SQUAW VALLEY SKI RESORT
Voted North America’s best ski resort in 2016 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Squaw Valley legacy has maintained a vibrant ski culture and mountain energy that spans from village to peak. Its spirit of outdoor adventure is reflected by the views of Lake Tahoe’s translucent waters, and its inspiration is carved into the slopes of the Sierra mountains. Beginners will find forgiving learning zones set among dramatic alpine scenery, while varied trails, bowls and chutes mean that skiers and snowboarders will never outgrow Squaw’s progressive terrain. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring, Squaw Valley boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country.
Click here for the interactive Squaw Valley trail map.
|Base Elevation:||6,200 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||9,050 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||3,600|
|Vertical Rise:||2,850 ft|
|Number of Trails:||170|
|Annual Snowfall:||450 inches|
|Longest Run:||3.2 miles|