Squaw Valley USA boasts 4,000 acres of ski terrain, with something for everyone. From the tamest to the toughest, Squaw Valley USA offers an incomparable variety of terrain, creating an unequalled mountain experience that is never boring. The resort also offers:
Tahoe's Longest Season - With snowfall possible from mid-November through the end of May, Squaw offers more days on average on the snow every season. Squaw Valley's vast upper mountain holds the snow in wide-open bowls, chalking up a base snow depth that ranges from 10-20 feet. This makes for exceptional spring skiing with more terrain open longer. There have even been years when you could ski on the 4th of July! Nevertheless, please call ahead to confirm the snow conditions because the length of the ski season can change based on the actual snowfall for the season.
Free Night Skiing - All-day tickets and season passes include free night skiing on Squaw's extensive lighted terrain. Squaw Valley offers more nighttime fun than any other California resort, including the 3.2-mile mountain run from High Camp to the base, and the Riviera Halfpipe, lit up for night sessions.
More Lifts - Squaw Valley's massive network of 34 lifts includes 7 high-speed express chairs and redundant lift runs to ensure fast access and no lift lines, all over the mountain, even on the busiest holidays.
Extensive Grooming - There's nothing like carving turns on a fresh-groomed run, and Squaw Valley's fleet of over 30 machines rolls, tills and pushes the snow all around the mountain each and every night to make perfect corduroy every morning. From wide-open rolling glades, to some of the steepest groomed runs in North America, there's groomed terrain for all abilities.
World-Class Terrain Parks and Halfpipes - Squaw Valley carves, cuts and creates three different terrain parks each season, including a full-size halfpipe and an enormous Superpipe, all made completely of natural snowpack (not carved from a pre-formed pipe in the ground). The Belmont Park is a popular area for all ages and abilities, offering easier jumps, rollers, rails and features.
World-Class Ski and Snowboard Instruction - The Squaw Valley Ski & Snowboard School offers programs for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities, including special multi-day clinics, first-timer programs, and more.
Resort at Squaw CreekTM is a four-season mountain destination with activities that are weather dependent. The amount of snowfall that the region receives will determine whether certain snow-activities are available at the time of your visit. Please call ahead for the latest news.
Squaw Valley USA is just 42 miles from Reno, 96 miles from Sacramento and 196 miles from San Francisco via all-weather Interstate 80. The resort is located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Winter: Usually the snow starts to fall mid-November and continues until around Memorial Day. This is a guideline only. Please make sure to call ahead to check the snow conditions.
- Weekends/Holidays - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Weekdays - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Night Skiing - 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. (mid-December to mid-April)
- Base Elevation: 6,200 ft.
- Peak Elevation: 9,050 ft.
- Vertical rise: 2,840 ft./869 m
- Six Mountain Peaks: Snow King - 7,550 ft., Broken Arrow - 8,020 ft., KT-22 - 8,200 ft., Emigrant - 8,700 ft., Squaw Peak - 8,900 ft., and Granite Chief - 9,050 ft.
- Snowmaking: 600 acres/ 7 miles
- Average Annual Snowfall: 460 inches
- Monthly Snowfall Averages (over past 5 years)
- November: 40 inches
- December: 123 inches
- January: 74 inches
- February: 57 inches
- March: 91 inches
- April: 67 inches
- May: 8 inches
These figures represent averages. Actual numbers may vary from season to season.
Trail Classification (total mountain acreage)
- 25% Beginner
- 45% Intermediate
- 30% Advanced
- Skiable Acres: 4,000
- Trails: 170+
- Bowls: 16
- Longest Run: Mountain Run, 3.2 miles or 8.2 km
- Total Number of Lifts: 34
- Cable Car: 1
- Funitel: 1
- Pulse Gondola: 1
- Express 6-pacs: 3
- Express Quads: 4
- Fixed-Grip Quad: 1
- Triple Chairs: 8
- Double Chairs: 10
- Surface Lifts: 3
- Magic Carpets: 2
- Uphill Capacity: 49,000 people/hour
- 3 Total (Mainline, Central Park at Riviera, Belmont)
- Pipes: 1 Superpipe, length 550 ft., walls 18.5 ft./ 1 Halfpipe, walls 10 ft.
- Tabletops: At least 12 throughout all parks
- Rails/Boxes: More than 30
Climate (average daytime highs and nighttime lows in Fahrenheit)
- Nov: 47 high, 24 low
- Dec: 40 high, 20 low
- Jan: 36 high, 16 low
- Feb: 39 high, 18 low
- Mar: 44 high, 21 low
- Apr: 50 high, 26 low
- May: 60 high, 32 low
- Squaw Valley sees more than 300 days of cloudless, sunny skies per year.
High Camp (el. 8,200 ft.) - Ride the Cable Car
- Olympic Ice Pavilion - Ice Skating
- 1960 Olympic Museum
- Swimming Lagoon pool and spa
- The Umbrella Bar
- Bar North
- Alexander's Cafe & Bar
- Poolside Cafe & Bar
- Poolside BBQ
- The Terrace Room
- High Camp Bath & Tennis Shop
- Wildfour II
On Mountain at Gold Coast (el. 6,200 ft.) - Ride the Funitel
- Gold Coast Demo Center
- The Oasis
- Ground Floor
- Gold Coast Sport Shop
- The Cross Roads Cafe
- The Mermaid Bar
- The West Bar
Squaw Kids' Children's Center
Squaw Valley USA has a unique, 12,000-square-foot facility dedicated specifically to the resort's younger guests complete with a full-service rental shop, a private ski hill with a Pony Tow and two Magic Carpet lifts.
- Snow Cubs Program - ages 3 and young 4
- Snow Sliders Program - ages 4-6
- Junior Mountain Program - ages 7-12
- Snowboard lessons available for kids ages 7-12
- Squaw Sessions - ages 13-17 (intermediate + skiing & snowboarding)