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Welcome to the Resort Blog. We wanted to give you a place to share your favorite Squaw Creek memory or experience in Squaw Valley. Read, post, share and become part of the community.

November 21, 2015 | 11:05 AM

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is upon is and before you know it you’ll be decorating your Christmas tree, lighting your menorah, and planning festive meals and social gatherings.

Holiday gift-giving is a fun aspect of the season. Avoid the crowds and craziness of Black Friday this year, shop online, and give the gift of experience.

To make things easy and exceptional this holiday season, buy a gift card online from Resort at Squaw Creek and you can provide family, friends, or clients with an experience they’ll never forget. Remember… good things come in small packages!

Below are some suggestions on great gift packages – big and small.

  • A luxurious massage or facial.

A spa gift is a great way to relax and pamper your loved one. Not only can they relish in a massage, scalp treatment, body scrub, or facial at Squaw Creek's award-winning spa, but they also get to enjoy our outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, complete with panoramic mountain views. Suggest they enjoy a glass of wine by the fire pit at Sandy’s Pub, overlooking Squaw Valley. An experience to remember? We think so.

Receive a complimentary spa gift valued at $30 with the purchase of a spa gift card of $150 or more.

Check out the full list of treatments, service, and amenities.

  • Dinner.

Clients will love a gift card for Six Peaks Grille. They can enjoy a four-course meal complete with fabulous wine, panoramic mountain views, and a cozy fireplace. Suggest they start with coffee crusted duck, followed by the 21-day aged rib-eye, and topped with the cookies and cream trio. Recommend they pair everything with David Bynum Pinot Noir. Yes, pair it with everything because David Bynum pinot is that good.

  • Slope-side Après Ski.

If you give the gift of après ski, you give the gift of fun! Give family and friends a Squaw Creek gift card along with suggestions on where they can enjoy après ski and of course, what to order. We’d write something like “ski down Squaw Valley’s Lakeview Trail to the base of the Squaw Creek chairlift and sidle up to our outdoor ski bar or sit by the fire pit at Sandy’s Pub.  Order a spiked hot chocolate…and voila, instant happiness!”

  • A stay.

This is a big one, but is the ultimate experience, combining all of the above into a fabulous 1-night romantic getaway or weekend away from the kids! We have ample guest room options to choose from, ranging from a fireplace suite with valley views to large, top-floor penthouses.

  • A golf pass.

Surprise your favorite golfer with a season pass to the Links at Squaw Creek. It’s a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. While it’s not an easy course, the Links at Squaw Creek is perfect for the intermediate to advanced golfer who wants to elevate their game, while also enjoying the small comforts of great resort service and beautiful mountain views.

Buy a 2016 golf season pass 

November 12, 2015 | 03:34 PM

The Making of Magical Memories, Lake Tahoe's Best Holiday Event

How can you use 500 lbs of sugar, 600 lbs of candy, 15 gallons of molasses and over 1000 lbs of other ingredients? Hint...

Build an edible gingerbread village!

These numbers are fact and our culinary team is working around the clock to prepare the 11th annual Magical Memories Gingerbread Village, which will be unveiled later this month, on Friday, November 27.

Each year, Resort at Squaw Creek Pastry Chef, Adrian Frutos, and his team, put in over 600 hours of time to bake, cut, and prepare gingerbread bricks to build and decorate the resort’s gingerbread village. Chef Adrian has been the mastermind behind the gingerbread village each year since the beginning of the event and the village just keeps getting better!

Every year the theme of the village changes slightly. One season, Santa’s Elves built toys inside festive little elf homes. The following year, the village became a tiny replica of Squaw Valley. This year’s theme will be unveiled at the Grand Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Village Unveiling ceremony on Friday, November 27.

The resort’s Magical Memories team begins baking 3 – 4 weeks in advance of the celebration while our engineers simultaneously build tiny homes out of wood and position them into a lobby village. Before any gingerbread goes onto the homes, Chef Adrian strings hundreds of Christmas lights all along the perimeters of the houses.

Meanwhile, the culinary team is still in the pastry kitchen baking up a storm. They make hundreds of pounds of gingerbread dough and roll it out flat on a 12-foot rolling machine. With a rectangular cookie cutter, they cut up to 80 bricks per gingerbread sheet. Each year, the bricks come in all shapes and sizes and are glued, one by one, to each house with royal icing (which is a simple blend of egg white and powdered sugar).

Once the bricks are laid, the whole team heads out to decorate, using almost 1000 lbs of assorted candy. Sticking to their design plan, the team glues each piece of candy to the village using icing, starting at the top with the chimneys and working their way down.

When it’s complete, Chef Adrian and his creative crew will have built the ultimate winter wonderland. Executive Chef Jason Friendy says that the true magical moment comes when he pulls the curtains during the Gingerbread Village Unveiling and he sees how excited the kids are.

Memories last a lifetime and are not only keepsakes for those gazing at the magic of the gingerbread village, but are also momentos for the talented team who put forth days of effort and love towards making Magical Memories the best holiday event in Lake Tahoe!

If you’re feeling ambitious and would like to create your own Winter Wonderland, here’s a list of ingredients. But don’t forget, it takes 6 elves in the Bake Shop!

200 engineering man hours

600 bake shop man hours

600 + pounds of candy

500 pound of powdered sugar

15 gallons of Molasses

15 lbs of ground ginger

130 lbs of shortening

4 lbs of baking powder

400 lbs of all-purpose flour

50 lbs of brown sugar

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