Squaw Valley is defined by snow. In most people's minds, when they think of this area, they think of it in a winter scene. That's understandable since the 1960s Winter Olympics is what put Squaw Valley on the map as a skiing destination. It's also understandable because it's still one of the premier ski resort areas in not just Lake Tahoe but also the country. When you take the tram to the top of the mountain (do this, even if you're not a ski nut or if it's summer!) and you look at the run that was used for downhill competition for those games, it makes your stomach tighten right on up. It's practically vertical! How on earth do you get down that even on your two feet, much less with skis attached to them?! But, every day there's snow on that mountain, plenty of people who've come to Squaw Valley just for this reason do get down it, and with grace and style. And, that slope aside, Squaw Valley has an abundance of ski runs that are perfect for beginners or for athletes who are honing their skills. This cross-accessibility isn't always the case in the steep terrain around Lake Tahoe, and it makes Squaw skiing, as well as other snow sports, even more attractive.
Squaw Valley Takes on the Seasons
As of late, this beloved town has grown into a year-round place. In summer, locals and visitors take advantage of activities like the phenomenal hiking and mountain biking trails. Most of the biking trails that are accessible from Squaw and the general West Shore require experience, strong lungs and legs of steel, but hiking is perfect for anyone with the desire to climb every mountain. Golf and fishing are great ways to spend the day when the weather cooperates. The city center that exists at The Village at Squaw Valley is a draw for many reasons. Here you'll find fun bars, beer events, street dances to live music, yoga studios, shopping and restaurants plus the launch point for trips 2,000 feet up on the tram to High Camp where, in the summer, your can swim in the huge pool, lounge in the hot tub, grab a snack and a drink, play disc golf and take a hike.