Squaw Valley Ski Resort  

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1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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Overview by Peter Oliver

Squaw is the American birthplace of extreme skiing. About 25 ago, Squaw locals began skiing impossible lines from the Palisades, essentially a cliff with snow stuck to it. In the early 1980s, Scot Schmidt, arguably the father of extreme skiing, arrived in Squaw to pull 100-foot cliff jumps. Thus the resort's reputation was born, and it still lives today. To earn your spurs as an extreme skier or snowboarder—or "freerider" in the current nomenclature of mountain sports—all roads lead through Squaw.

But extreme reputation aside, Squaw is actually a reasonably well-rounded ski area. There's a good amount of skiing for all ability levels, and the Resort at Squaw Creek is an exercise in extreme pampering. Squaw skiing can be ridiculously intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. An on-mountain demo center opened in 2005.

Squaw's extreme rep may overshadow the mellower side of the mountain, which is more substantial than you might think. From High Camp, about halfway up the mountain, there is plenty of novice and lower-intermediate terrain. What I like about this cluster of runs is that beginners can experience the thrill of being high on the mountain, rather than being stuck around the base area. At the end of the day, simply ride the tram or the Funitel Lift back to the bottom.

Intermediates tend to congregate around High Camp, too, although there are longer intermediate runs from the Squaw Creek Chair. As for expert skiing, the number of intriguing lines is impossible to calculate. KT-22 and the Headwall Express are particularly popular, and justly so. But I happen to like Granite Chief, which sees far less skier traffic. The runs

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Average Snowfall
450 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2850 feet
25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to Memorial Day
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Weather for Squaw Valley

Current Conditions:
Fair, 25 F
Wed - Clear. High: 46 Low: 20
Thu - Sunny. High: 43 Low: 21
Fri - Sunny. High: 51 Low: 27
Sat - Sunny. High: 51 Low: 30
Sun - Snow. High: 37 Low: 17

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    Packed Powder


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    12 of 29
  • Trails:
    40 of 170
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 02:17 PM

Traveler Reviews of Squaw Valley

nikki rates Squaw Valley
The cost is cheap, they have several different runs to go down and the lines are short. What more can you ask for?. Pros: What more can you ask for? Short lines, Well maintained.
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thomas rates Squaw Valley
I was on a family trip at Squaw and enjoyed the great weather, fresh snow and long runs down. It had many expert trails as well as middle level to work out those turns. I enjoyed the backside as well and the hot tub afterwards on the top level. After the day of skiing, we all meet down in the village which of course was the Olympic village from 1960 to have drinks and food in the last part of the sun. It was great to see the locals there with their families and dogs talking about the mountain. People were also talking of other countries they had skied. They also have night skiing to keep you going. Have fun at this resort and check out Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain. Tommy Davis. Pros: Easy to access, Well maintained.
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