Squaw Valley:The Nirvana of the North Shore

Squaw Valley:The Nirvana of the North Shore

Squaw Valley has come a long way since hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 1960. Today, the spot boasts of a thriving tourism industry that puts it among the top ski resorts in the world. The mesmerizing landscape, complete with snow-covered granite peaks and lush greenery, make Squaw Valley the perfect family getaway destination. Be it summer or winter, this deluxe family resort surely keeps busy. If you too are planning a skiing vacation in Squaw Valley, here are some insights. Take a look.


Earlier, Squaw Valley, especially the town of Claraville, was the site for one of the biggest mining operations in the Lake Tahoe region. It was only by the year 1942 that the potential of the region as a skiing destination was identified by Wayne Poulsen, a graduate of the University of Nevada and star skier. Together with Alex Cushing, he purchased some land and decided to invest in developing a ski resort there. This is how the Squaw Valley Ski Resort came into existence. Since the Winter Olympics of 1960, Squaw Valley has given a number of exceptional athletes who’ve represented the USA at the Winter Olympics. Notable among them are Ralph Backstrom, Shannon Bahrke, Wendy Fisher, Travis Ganong, Jimmie Heuga, Nate Holland, JT Holmes and many more. Likewise, skiing enthusiasts and families looking for some frolicking in the snow-filled landscape, continue to flock this amazing Winterland.  

Getting There & Around

You can reach the village at Squaw Valley after a 20-minute drive from Tahoe City. Alternatively, you can ride from Truckee onto California State Highway 89 and turn off at the Squaw Valley Road. Moreover, there are multiple Tahoe Area Rapid Transit buses between Truckee and Tahoe City, and between Crystal Bay stop and Kings Beach. These buses run every hour between 6 am to 5 pm on daily basis.

Popular Activities

During summer, much action happens at the High Camp (situated at a height of 8200 ft.) The spot is reachable by a cable car and offers disc golf, swimming, tennis and ice skating. Likewise, you can also participate in other activities such as zip lining, rock wall climbing, bungee trampoline, and mini golf. These activities are operated by the Squaw Valley Adventure Center and definitely, an exciting experience. In addition, several hiking trails going out from the High Camp including the lovely Shirley Lake Trail. These trails traverse across a landscape that features sprightly creeks, granite boulders, waterfalls, and wildflowers. During winters, Squaw Valley is paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Therefore, it is no surprise that the spot is flocked with tourists all year-around.

Drinking & Nightlife

Squaw Valley is typically a ski resort. However, there are numerous spots where you can enjoy the eccentricities of modern lifestyle. First, there’s Le Chamois & Loft Bar, which offers magnificent mountain views, together with a pint of local beer and a slice of pizza. The bar is favorably positioned between the rental shop and the cable car building - all the more reason, you can step-in to grab a drink or two. Likewise, the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is a great little outdoor festival that promises bluegrass and acoustic music during the night. The festival, especially the stage encircled by the pines of Squaw Valley and snow, will definitely leave a mark on your memory.


(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated)

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