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“Quite a ride & a view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Squaw Valley Ski Area

Squaw Valley Ski Area
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Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Including Squaw Valley
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Owner description: Famous ski area with Olympic memories.
CANOGA PARK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quite a ride & a view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

We took a detour from driving around Lake Tahoe to ride the Squaw Valley aerial tram. Since it was early June & High Camp was not open for summer activities, the place was nearly dead, but the tram ride was still an adventure, though a bit pricey even for seniors. We came for the view & were not disappointed. It was a clear sunny warm day & we could see in all directions, noting the disturbing paucity of snow even at the highest elevations during this worst of drought yrs for CA.The tram travels above some very unusual & picturesque rock formations. Lake Tahoe can be seen in the distance. It was very windy on top & we didn't stay long, since we weren't interested in hiking any trails.

There is a large patio area with picnic tables & benches on top overlooking the valley where we spent some time watching the tram cars come & go. The aerial tram design & construction are impressive.There are 2 large cars & their weight is balanced on the cables. They travel in opposing directions at precisely the same time, passing each other at the center point. There is quite a distance between the towers & the view descending from the last one is spectacular or frightening depending upon one's perspective.

Visited June 2014
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Awesome view on a clear, snowless day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited Squaw Valley in January knowing that there wasn't going to be much snowboarding to be done - it was right around the time that the governor of California declared a state of emergency due to lack of snow and rain.

We took the tram to High Camp and had a wonderful lunch "on top of the world"; and had drinks at the bar. The tram ride was exciting and the view from El. 8200' was simply breath-taking.

The service at the bar was excellent and very friendly. I will gladly go back there time and again even if I am not out playing in the snow.

Visited January 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Terrific Terrain and Village”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

Really great terrain from the headwall on down. The village and vibe is also really great, as there is something for everyone. A few great bar throughout the mountain as well. Recommend for skiers and non-skiers.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“THE Mountain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Excellent, excellent, excellent! I've been skiing this mountain for 20 years and never get bored. It is more challenging, but even my kids started here so it does have something for everyone. Serious skiers must ski Squaw at least once, if not annually!

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“No Snow = No Go !”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Bitterly disappointed that after years of going to get there , we had the drought to contend with and the poorest season for years. No ones fault but just my luck ! The East Coast & Mid West were being hammered but Squaw Valley got Squat ! There were only 3 or so runs open on our visit and the best spots were reserved for Olympic training before Sochi !! The friendly guest staff on my asking said , no he wouldn't buy a ticket either in my shoes !! So, saw a lot of potential , would love to visit during a dump and thousands of people before me love the place and hopefully I will one day ? Will get back one day to explore the Gold Coast, High Camp , Silverado & Granite Chief !! My only question is why don't the Resorts drop the price when it's ordinary ?? Skiing may have a Soul but my pockets aren't that Deep !!

Visited February 2014
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