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About Squaw Valley Ski Area
Voted at North America's best ski resort for three years in a row 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 advanced skiers and snowboarders will never outgrow Squaw’s progressive terrain. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring (and sometimes summer!), Squaw Valley boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country. Visit your favorite Lake Tahoe ski resort today!
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Travel all the way around scenic Lake Tahoe in a comfortable shuttle on this 7-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll cover close to 70 miles (110km), making stops at the beautiful vistas of Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay. You’ll also visit a charming village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and explore Tahoe City on the lake’s north shore, stopping to purchase lunch. As you go, your guide will provide rich historical context for the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
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Kraig M wrote a review Apr 2021
Annapolis, Maryland799 contributions106 helpful votes
Definitely a must-do destination for spring skiing. Great slopes, amazing vistas and uber-friendly staff. Just a 45 minute scenic drive from Reno.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Anneliese H, Digital Support at Squaw Valley Ski Area
Responded May 5, 2021
Thank you for the nice review, Kraig!
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John Z wrote a review Jan 2021
4 contributions7 helpful votes
The ski patrollers at Squaw are mall cops on a power trip. I will never go back to Squaw, plenty of other great mountains with great people to take my dollars to. Be warned. My friend and I were skiing for the first time at Squaw, scoping out the mountain before a big storm that we specifically drove 14 hours for. We came up Big Blue Express and dropped into the Shirley Lake area. When we came back up, we were met by two ski patrollers who told us we were in an area they had just closed mid-day. We were unaware and apologized thinking nothing more of it. There was no closed rope line and apparently only a snow stake with a stop sign that was maybe 10in across in size that we missed (pictured). Regardless, the next morning I was awoken with an email from the ski patroller (Adam) notifying us that he was suspending our passes for two days (which was the duration of our remaining stay in Tahoe). Thinking this was a big mistake, I called into the Ikon hotline, the Squaw customer service hotline, and ski patrol for hours, receiving the runaround, before finally reaching a ski patroller. When I explained the big misunderstanding and how a pass suspension was uncalled for, the guy laughed in my face and told me "I can suspend you for two weeks. You should feel lucky it's only for 2 days." It's pretty clear what Squaw thinks of its ski guests, treating them like criminals. If you're an avid skier looking to visit a friendly mountain, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Vnelson2017 wrote a review Jan 2021
Berkeley, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
Safety protocols were in place Clear expectations on behavior during Covid. But Mountain needs more snow
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Anneliese H, Digital Support at Squaw Valley Ski Area
Responded May 5, 2021
Thank you, Vnelson!
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tremm298 wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts694 contributions240 helpful votes
We walked by on the Friday in the sunshine and the mountain looks great with well groomed trails, unfortunately fo me , we skied on Sat with wind and 30 in of new snow falling so I did not see much of the mountain although the terrain seem very good. Will come back to more in the sunshine when the mountain opens again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Smacpats1358 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bondville, Vermont21 contributions42 helpful votes
During a good snow year, Squaw is probably the best ski area in North America. The problem is that Tahoe snowfall is completely feast or famine. It's either 300" in a season or 700". There's no in between. Definitely come here, but play the forecast. Don't get set on coming here, and if they are having a bad snow year, go elsewhere. The terrain is world class, but good luck skiing it with a nonexistent base.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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