Tahoe's Top Attractions

Squaw Valley USA

The site of the 1960 Winter Olympics has become one of the great ski destinations in the world, even though not much is left to remind anyone of the Olympic Games. Still, owner Alexander Cushing has created a unique year-round attraction with a goosebump ride on an aerial tram that soars 2,000 feet above the valley to his High Camp Bath and Tennis Club. (The tram ride is $12 for adults during daytime and $5 after 4 p.m., $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for tots under 3.)

If you don't mind the thin air at elevation 8,200 feet, you can ice skate, swim in an artificial rock lagoon, mountain bike, bungee jump and, oh yes, play tennis. Just don't think of chasing a lost ball over the sheer rock face next to the courts. Instead, count your blessings and have a tall one at Alexander's, the restaurant and bar complex that is adjacent to the"club." If high places bother you, you can always plant your feet firmly on the ground (or rather, in a marsh) on the 18-hole golf course at The Resort at Squaw Creek, one of Tahoe's most lavish resorts with 405 rooms. Or you can horseback ride to the top of a ridge to view Lake Tahoe.

One famous structure is the Christy Inn, the former home of Squaw Valley founders Wayne and Sandy Poulsen, which houses Graham's, a gourmet restaurant, along with a small inn. The Poulsens, longtime residents of the valley, produced their share of talented Olympic skiing contenders, and another family, the McKinneys, contributed Olympic skier Tamara McKinney and the late Steve McKinney, who set a world speed-skiing record. Squaw Valley is an eclectic community of corporate entrepreneurs, upscale second-home owners, and an assortment of daredevils, mountaineers and adventurers. West of Highway 89 and south of Truckee, Squaw Valley boasts several excellent restaurants, overnight lodges and dramatic views of Granite Chief, the area's highest peak at 9,050 feet. Information. Squaw Valley USA, (530) 583-5585.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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