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California's High Sierras - North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw
The Village at Squaw
Head to the slopes with the Olympians in beautiful Squaw Valley, just ten minutes outside of North Lake Tahoe. Often referred to as "Olympic Valley," this was the site of the 1960's Winter Olympic Games and claims to be #1 of all Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Rather than traditional ski trails, you'll find thousands of acres for open bowl skiing. Of their thirty-three lifts, the KT-22 was hailed as "the best chairlift in North America" in an article in SKIING Magazine's Sept. 2004 issue. With an annual average snowfall of 450", grooming the trails is a top priority.

The Village at Squaw Valley and Resort at Squaw Creek serve as 'base camp,' while High Camp is accessed via a 2,000 foot vertical climb in an aerial cable car. Children's activities, which include a game room in the Village, kids programs at the resort, and Squaw Kids children's programs create a fabulous atmosphere for families. (Note: Squaw Kids no longer provides day care for children under three.)

Activities in the area include skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, night skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, dog sled tours, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides. Swimming, soaking in a hot tub or visiting the spa may be the perfect cure for those sore muscles. Visit the Olympic museum, go wall climbing or sky jumping, sit around an outdoor fire, shop in the village or at the resort, cozy up by the fireplace in your condo and order takeout, or enjoy pizza and beer at Fireside Pizza.

The activities available to you may vary depending upon where you choose to stay. The Village at Squaw Creek provides a homey atmosphere with condo-style luxury accommodations and underground parking, but they do not yet have a swimming pool on site. The Resort at Squaw Creek has a swimming pool and hotel-style accommodations, but the parking is either by valet (additional fee) or by self parking (free) in an outdoor parking lot, which is a block downhill from the main entrance. During snowstorms, valet parking is mandatory. A resort fee, which provides access to the pool, health club and phone service, is also mandatory and automatically added to your room rate nightly. Swimming is available at High Camp beginning some time in March.

Both locations offer exceptional food and services. Mamasake is convenient for sushi, but watch out for their 'takeout' fee. If you're willing to venture out, head directly to Kings Beach to Hiro Sushi for delectable sushi and a fantastic service experience during their all-you-can-eat dinner.

Wherever you choose to stay, Squaw Valley will be a vacation full of wonderful memories for the entire family. If you are looking for a plethora of activities, dining and relaxing options to choose from, combined with luxury lodging in that 'wilderness' experience, this is the place.

Squaw Valley USA

Resort at Squaw Creek

The Village at Squaw

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