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Squaw Valley Ski Resort


Squaw Valley USA Ski jumpingSquaw Valley USA is located in one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys in the world. The 1999-2000 season marked the 50th Anniversary Season of this family-owned ski resort. Since 1949, Squaw Valley USA has hosted visitors and events from around the globe, including the VIII Olympic Winter Games in 1960. The symbolic Tower of Nations and Olympic flame still greet Squaw Valley's guests at the entrance. This ski resort maintains its world-class status year after year because it refuses to stand still. Dedicated to pushing the envelope, Alex Cushing, Founder and Chairman, still provides the vision and character with which Squaw Valley USA became and continues to be internationally famous.

Squaw Valley is legendary for some of the steepest terrain and deepest snowfall in North America. The endless snowfall, with an average of 450 inches each year, classic California sunshine and diverse terrain make Squaw Valley the perfect winter ski resort.

This one of a kind winter playground boasts the most advanced lift network in the United States, accessing 4,000 acres of lift-served skiable terrain including 16 bowls, 100+ runs spanning six peaks. The base elevation is 6,200 feet and the Granite Chief peak summit is 9,050 feet, making for a vertical drop of 2,850 feet. With 33 lifts including four high-speed quads and two high-speed detachable six pacs, skiers and snowboarders never have to wait in lift lines.  There are two new surface lifts in the new Papoose Learning Center just east of the new Far East 6 pack.

At Squaw Valley, some of the best beginner slopes are at the top of the mountain! This allows entry-level enthusiasts the same breathtaking views and full mountain experience that more advanced skiers typically enjoy. The terrain is rated 25% beginner, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced. Mountain Run is the longest vertical run, measuring three miles and 2,000 vertical feet of groomed intermediate terrain, and extending from High Camp to the Village floor. This run is fully lit, offering the awesome experience of night skiing between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. every night, weather permitting. Day lift ticket holders ski FREE at night at Squaw Valley USA!

 

Squaw Valley USA snowboarder busting air
 
Snowboarding

According to the ski patrol, snowboarding was first allowed during night skiing in the winter of 1986-87. That spring Squaw Valley opened its slopes daily to snowboarders. Since that time the resort has become a Mecca for snowboarding fun, offering snowboarders some of the best riding facilities in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Below High Camp and off of the Riviera chair, Central Park contains two halfpipes and two terrain parks accompanied by a rocking sound system! A new Mainline Super Pipe and park add even more terrain for the more advanced riders! Night lights are turned on evenings between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., conditions permitting. Halfpipes are buffed by a Pipe Dragon twice daily. Come and sharpen your riding skills and bust some massive air!

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

The Resort at Squaw Creek Cross-Country Ski Center offers 18 groomed kilometers spanning over 400 acres of gentle cross-country terrain. The superbly maintained trails wind through the spectacular Squaw Valley meadow offering skaters, striders and snowshoers a very special skiing experience. Call the Cross-Country Center at 530-583-6300 x 6936 for more information.

 


After the snow season, come back and enjoy a Squaw Valley USA summer!

Visit the
RECREATION menu tab for information about other Squaw Valley activities: Aerial Cable Car, Bungee Jumping, Challenge Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Hiking/Winter, Hiking/ Summer, Ice Skating, Mountain Biking, Olympic Museum,Swimming,Tennis. Squaw Valley USA has year-round activities for your enjoyment.

 
COOL FACTS
SKIING
LIFTS
33
RUNS
OPEN
ACRE
4000
VERTICAL DROP
2850
SUMMIT EL
9050
BASE EL
6200
LONGEST RUN
3.2 mi
AVG SNOWFALL
450"
MACHINE-MADE SNOWFALL
YES
TERRAIN
 
% BEGINNER
25%
% INTERMEDIATE
45%
% ADV & EXPERT
30%
   
SNOWBOARDING
PERMITTED
YES
OPEN MOUNTAIN
YES
RESTRICTED
NO
 SNOWPARKS & TERRAIN PARKS
YES
   
CROSS-COUNTRY
ACRES
400
TRAILS
18
KM OF TRAILS
18
KM GROOMED
18
SKATING LANE
YES
 
Squaw Valley USA Mountain Trail Map Mountain Trail Map, Squaw Valley USA

Squaw Valley USA Cross-Country Trail Map Cross-Country Trail Map, Squaw Valley USA


Hours
Once the lifts are running, Squaw Valley USA is open for skiing Saturday, Sunday and Holidays between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with night skiing 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ticket Sales
Tickets go on sale daily, one-half hour prior to lift operations. Half-day tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m.

Pricing
Squaw Valley USA provides a wide variety of ticket programs and options to fit your vacation plans. There is sure to be a ticket option just right for you.

Central Reservations & Information
  800-545-4350
  888-766-9331

Squaw Valley USA Switchboard
  530-583-6985

24-hour Snow Phone
  530-583-6955


Equipment Rental
Ski, snowboard, telemark and snowshoe equipment rentals on-site.

Ski Shuttle System
Complimentary ski shuttles are available from the South Shore and North Shore from mid-December through mid-April. Reservations are required 12 hours in advance.

Reno and South Shore
  800-822-6009

North and West Shores
  530-581-7181

The Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) offers bus transportation on the North Shore between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily. Buses are equipped with ski racks and come daily to Squaw Valley. Call for routes and schedules.

TART
  800-736-6365


Physical Address
Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Village, CA 96146

Central Reservations & Information
  800-545-4350
  888-766-9331

Squaw Valley Switchboard
  530-583-6985


Directions

By Plane:
Frequent commercial service by most major and regional carriers to
Reno-Tahoe International Airport.


All-Weather Highway Access:

 From Reno to South Lake Tahoe
U.S. HWY 395 south to U.S. HWY 50 west
58 miles, 1.25 hours

 From South Lake Tahoe
SR 89 north to Tahoe City continuing north on SR 89 for 5 miles to Squaw Valley Road
38 miles, .75 hours

 From South Lake Tahoe by Paddlewheeler!
Enjoy a breathtaking early morning ride across Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Queen, a classic paddlewheeler. An outdoor top-deck offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. On the way, partake in a wonderful breakfast buffet. Ski the legendary terrain of Squaw Valley all day. Then enjoy a return trip across Lake Tahoe's sparkling waters with a live band and plenty of apres ski opportunities.

The Tahoe Queen shuttle runs Tuesday through Friday from mid-January to mid-April, from the Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe to the Tahoe City Marina in North Lake Tahoe. Shuttle buses meet skiers in Tahoe City for the remaining six-mile drive along the Truckee River to Squaw Valley USA.


Reservations
  530-541-3364

 From San Francisco
I-80 east
200 miles, 3.5 hours

 From Sacramento
I-80 east
100 miles, 2.0 hours to Squaw Valley USA.

 

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