We booked our stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek through Virgin Holidays because they gave a very good deal including breakfast (which was otherwise $60 a day). They also paid out resort fee too so we had nothing to pay on check out at all. This compared with my husband's parents who booked directly with the hotel on a similar rate and who did not get breakfast included and had to pay the resort fee (about $200) on departure.
On arrival at the Resort we were shown to our forest view fireplace suite, which was comfortable enough, but unfortunately located right next to the service lift which was quite noisy. My husband therefore went back to reception and asked if we could switch rooms and not only did they accommodate our request, but they gave us a free upgrade to a valley view suite which was about twice the size! We were delighted by this and it made our stay a very pleasant one indeed.
We arrived just before the Easter weekend and the snow was still evident, although retreating and it was hot. This meant that our skiing experience was somewhat impeded by the receding snow, lift closures and slushy snow come lunchtime. We couldn't really complain because the weather was amazing and the slopes were pretty clear (compared to European resorts at any rate). The resort was also buzzing with people and we were lucky we made the most of this while it lasted because unfortunately once Easter had come and gone they closed most things around the resort - including the ski lift right outside, the main restaurant and the pizza/pasta restaurant. Whilst we could understand from an economic point of view why this was done, it was disappointing that so much closed so quickly and had we not been "on the ball" we could easily have missed out on a great dining experience in the main restaurant. The terrace bar also closed (the pub was still open) which was a real shame because the weather was so good that all you wanted to do was sit out there with a cold drink and take in the incredible views over the valley.
On the positive side, the free shuttle bus into the village (it takes 10 minutes and ran every 15 minutes) was a godsend and meant we could easily connect with the various eateries located in the valley at night and the ski lifts in the morning. The breakfast each morning was a delicious selection of hot and cold and not too bread heavy. I had porridge pretty much every day it was so nice. The staff were very courteous and the shop sales were good so we purchased quite a few things while staying.
All in all we had a lovely time at the resort, made even more so by our room, it was just a bit disappointing that they closed so much and I'm glad we got to see it before that happened otherwise I think this review would have been a bit more negative.
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- Luxury mountain resort located at the base of Squaw Valley USA, five miles from the shores of Lake Tahoe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort At Squaw Creek Hotel Olympic Valley
- Hotel At Squaw Creek
- At Squaw Creek Hotel
- Resort Squaw Creek
- Squaw Creek Resort