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“Late in the season and limited snow”

Squaw Valley Ski Area
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Owner description: Famous ski area with Olympic memories.
Reviewed April 29, 2013

They kept Granite Chief closed for some odd reason even though it was the best snow on the mountain. While wind was quoted, I think everyone knew it was staff related instead. I'm sure they lose money in years like this one and probably are looking to limit their exposure where they can.

Thank SolanabeachMarty
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I cannot even begin to describe how disappointed I was by Squaw. As a hardcore, avid skier, I had always heard about how great Squaw was. I guess times change. Granted the snow was horrible, which they cannot control, but I was under the impression that the awful conditions were not uncommon. While weather is not controllable, things like attitude, lodging conditions, and the like are. This is where the wheel came off. The mountain staff was rude - I asked lifty's and ski instructors questions and was essentially ignored or told off. This is completely unnecessary. Random lifts on the mountain were closed for no reason, or, worse yet, broken with no notice leaving me stranded to take a bus back to the mountain base. The city is old and tired, living off its past Olympic glory. Town was completely deserted at night, actually depressingly so. I stayed at what is considered the "high end" condo/resort and was really disappointed. The condo looked like it had not been renovated since the 70's (at best). The "ski in-ski out" advertising was really misleading, unless you consider walking a quarter-mile up a hill (after banging your skis and poles through the condo complex since there is no ski storage) to be ski in-ski out. The final straw was this, and I know it is petty, what ski town in America has no t-shirt shop? I wanted to take a souvenir home for the kids and literally could find nothing. My only conclusion from this is that tourists stay far away from this place, and you should too.

4  Thank Steven S
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Snow was pretty good for spring skiing. I haven't skied in the Tahoe area for 30 years. Nice to be back.

1  Thank Happytraveler462
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

It has the best terrain for all levels of skiers. It provides a free shuttle to Alpine Meadows ski area.

1  Thank EyeTravel11
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

There are lots of good things about this resort. The bottom of the mountain offers shops, restaurants, rest areas, etc. You can rent equipment at the mountain (although it is cheaper to rent outside the resort). The mountain is really spread out and offers a wide variety of slopes. I ski the Blues and really enjoyed them. I noticed LOTS of ski school classes for kids to learn. The resort workers were always friendly. The lifts carried up to 6 people and even when lines were long, they moved pretty quickly. I noticed that most people skiing in this area were more advanced. Much different from Colorado ski resorts where you can find lots of beginners. There were also about 50/50 skiers/snowboarders. There was a pretty advanced area for jumps and lots of moguls. We had a 2 year old nephew in tow and he was not old enough to ski, but there was area around the base that we could play in the snow. Next year he will be in in ski school!
BTW - there is a ski-in/ski-out Starbucks at the top of the mountain! Can you really beat that?

1  Thank AprilWade
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