If you’re someone who’s looking to experience ski terrain and a culture, made famous by ski heroes of the past, then a Squaw Valley ski vacation should be right up your alley. Plus, this Lake Tahoe ski resort offers plenty of lodging and dining options to suit everyone's off-mountain interests.
A lot of skiing’s best and brightest moments have happened at Squaw Valley. The first televised Olympics took place at Squaw Valley in 1960. The resort, whose chairlifts were an engineering masterpiece in their day, propelled the North American ski industry into world-wide recognition in a time when Europe was considered the best place to ski. Squaw Valley is also considered one of the birthplaces of extreme or big mountain skiing thanks to its iconic lines off of Squaw Peak. Many pro-skiers and snowboarders call Squaw home, and on any given day you can see them “ripping” legendary lines from the chairlift. Squaw was the late Shane McConkey’s stomping grounds, and you can still experience his fun-loving legacy on a Squaw ski vacation.
With so many current and past ski legends calling Squaw home, you can imagine that the terrain trends towards expert. Similar to Jackson Hole, Squaw is a skier’s mountain, meaning it’s best enjoyed by hardcore skiers and snowboarders. Experts have options ranging from the fun, groomed steeps of the Women’s Downhill trail to a multitude of chutes, couloirs, huge cliffs and cornices that litter the resort’s ridgeline boundary between KT-22 peak and Granite Thief. The cool thing about Squaw is that all of these legendary lines are right below the chairlifts, so everyone can experience the “Squallywood” show. If you’re looking to get extreme, there are few resorts that can offer challenge-seekers what Squaw can.
Intermediates will also be pleased with the entirely-blue run area between Solitude chairlift and Shirely Lake Express. And beginners will find they too can enjoy watching the daring feats up on the mountain thanks to the Gold Coast Express chairlift, which carries skiers nearly all the way up to the 8,700-foot Emigrant peak, and accesses a myriad of green runs. First time adult and children skiers or snowboarders have two world-class beginner zones at the base of the resort, ensuring they learn in a comfortable environment. Park skiers and snowboarders will also be pleased to know that Squaw partners with Snow Park Technologies to design and build state-of-the-art terrain parks, from the challenging Gold Coast parks with their nearly 30 features to the Snoventures Start Park at the base of the mountain.