From the tamest to the toughest, Squaw Valley offers an unparalleled variety of terrain, providing a mountain experience unlike any other North American ski area. Since joining forces with Alpine Meadows in 2011, one lift ticket or season pass provides skiers and riders access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Guests can now explore 42 chairlifts and 270+ trails across more than 6,000 acres of skiable terrain. With a free, 15 minutes shuttle that runs between the resorts, Squaw and Alpine together offer the most terrain in a single day, on a single pass, of all the Tahoe resorts.
Tahoe's Longest Season - With snowfall possible from mid-November through the end of May, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer, on average, more days on the snow than any other Tahoe resort. At both resorts, the 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 guests 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.
More Lifts - Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows' massive network of 42 lifts includes 10 high-speed express chairs and redundant lifts 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 freshly groomed run. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows' grooming fleet 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 - For the 2013-14 winter season, Transworld SNOWboarding named Squaw Valley home to the sixth best terrain parks in the country, and tenth best pipe. Both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows carve, cut and create five different terrain parks each season, with a diverse array of features. In addition, skiers and riders can cut their teeth on Squaw's 13-foot halfpipe and nationally recognized 22-foot Superpipe.
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. To book a lesson, call 800-403-0206 or visit www.Squaw.com.
Resort at Squaw Creek 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 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.
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Base Elevation: 6,200 ft.
-Peak Elevation: 9,050 ft.
-Vertical rise: 2,840 ft.
-Six 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.
- Base Elevation: 6,385 ft.
- Peak Elevation: 8,637 ft.
- Vertical rise: 1,802 ft.
- Snowmaking: 20 out of 42 lifts
- Average Annual Snowfall: 460 inches
- Monthly Snowfall Averages
- 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 for both resorts (total mountain acreage)
- 25% Beginner
- 43% Intermediate
- 32% Advanced
- Skiable Acres: 6,000
- Trails: 270+
- Bowls: 23
- Longest Run: Mountain Run, 3.2 miles or 8.2 km (Squaw Valley)
- Total Number of Lifts: 42
- Aerial Tram: 1
- Funitel: 1
- Express 6-packs: 6
- Express Quads: 5
- Fixed-Grip Quad: 1
- Triple Chairs: 12
- Double Chairs: 8
- Surface Lifts: 7
- Telecord: 1
- 5 Total
- Pipes: 22-foot Superpipe and 13-foot Halfpipe
- 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 Aerial Tram
- Olympic Ice Pavilion - Ice Skating
- 1960 Olympic Museum
- Swimming Lagoon pool and spa
- The Umbrella Bar
- Bar North Sports
- Silvey's Cafe
- Poolside Cafe & BBQ
- Terrace Restaurant and Bar
Gold Coast (el. 6,200 ft.) - Ride the Funitel
- Gold Coast Demo and Sport Shop
- The Arc at Gold Coast
- Ski-In/Ski-Out Starbucks at Gold Coast
- Funi's Mountaintop Café + Market
Squaw Valley has a unique, 12,000-square-foot facility dedicated specifically to the resort's littlest guests complete with a full-service rental shop, a private ski hill and two Magic Carpet lifts.
- Sliders Ski Program - ages 3-4
- Blizzards Ski Program - ages 5-7
- Riders Snowboard Program - ages 5-7
- Cruisers Ski Program - ages 8-13
- Jibbers Snowboard Program - ages 8-13