Squaw Valley Skiing & Snowboarding
It’s nearly impossible to ignore the call of Lake Tahoe and it’s famous ski resorts. Squaw Valley is the perfect resort for beginners and experienced skiers alike – an enormous, world-class ski resort overlooking the gorgeous shores of the ultra clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Squaw’s well-known intermediate runs take center stage at the resort, but because of the vastness of the resort, there is a sizable amount of terrain where beginners can enjoy as much pow as they want.
SQUAW VALLEY TERRAIN & MOUNTAIN STATS
Just because it’s tagged as the “experts’ ski destination” doesn’t mean beginners can’t enjoy the combined slopes of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resort (the resorts combined in 2012). Across the two mountains are 6000 fantastic acres of skiable terrain – 25% of which is easy, green trails marked by groomed runs and gorgeous Lake Tahoe views. The action begins in the mid and upper mountain.
Squaw Valley may boast whopping stats for experienced skiers – summit elevation of 9050 feet, and 2850 vertical drop – but it’s also home to 1,500 acres of green runs. Short, easy slopes ideal for skiers of all ages can be accessed by Belmont, Links, and Bailey’s Beach lifts. Hop on the Emigrant chairlift to reach the longer, exceptionally groomed trails stretching up to 3.2 miles. The beginner and family-friendly areas of SnoVentures, Big Blue, and the Blue Room Zone have gentle slopes and safe-to-navigate routes perfect for both learning adults and children.
Squaw Valley is the second largest ski resort in Tahoe after Heavenly, boasting 6200 acres, 270 runs and 43 ski lifts. Snowfall averages 450 inches per year, earning this ski destination a place in the Top 10 resorts with great pow days in Northern America.
SQUAW VALLEY AFFORDABILITY
Low ski rental and accommodation prices make Squaw an attractive place for those looking for an affordable ski vacation. Ski rentals average $45, and accommodations come in at $111 (average price/person/night). Add in a $159 lift ticket with access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and a $15 lunch and your daily total of $330 makes Squaw one of the lowest priced California ski resorts. Even better, save up to 50% on discounted lift tickets by buying online in advance!
WHERE TO RENT SKIS IN SQUAW VALLEY
Get great value and convenience with top notch ski and snowboard rental with delivery starting from just $45 with Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery. Black Tie offers stellar service in addition to delivery and slopeside assistance! If you’re looking for great after-sales service, you can trust this shop – they deliver your gear straight to your door for free!
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SQUAW VALLEY SKI RESORT
Voted North America’s best ski resort in 2016 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Squaw Valley legacy has maintained a vibrant ski culture and mountain energy that spans from village to peak. Its spirit of outdoor adventure is reflected by the views of Lake Tahoe’s translucent waters, and its inspiration is carved into the slopes of the Sierra mountains. Beginners will find forgiving learning zones set among dramatic alpine scenery, while varied trails, bowls and chutes mean that skiers and snowboarders will never outgrow Squaw’s progressive terrain. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring, Squaw Valley boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country.
Click here for the interactive Squaw Valley trail map.
|Base Elevation:||6,200 ft|
|Summit Elevation:||9,050 ft|
|Total Acres of Skiable Terrain:||3,600|
|Vertical Rise:||2,850 ft|
|Number of Trails:||170|
|Annual Snowfall:||450 inches|
|Longest Run:||3.2 miles|
ALPINE MEADOWS SKI RESORT
Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Meadows Resort is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first. From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump and chairlift.
- Beginner: 25%
- Intermediate: 40%
- Advanced: 35%
Skiable Acres: 2,400
- High Speed 6-Pack: 1
- High Speed Quads: 2
- Fixed Grip Triple Chairs: 3
- Fixed Grip Double Chairs: 5
- Surface Lifts: 2
Total Lifts: 13
Terrain Parks: 2
- Average Annual Snowfall: 450 inches
- Snowmaking: 9 out of 13 lifts
- 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
Click here for the resort trail map.
Squaw Valley Resort FAQs
How much is a Squaw Valley lift ticket?
A 1 day lift ticket for Squaw Valley averages $159. The total daily cost to ski at Squaw Valley, including ski/snowboard rental, lift ticket, lunch and accommodation is as follows:
|Resort||Total Daily Cost||Ski Rental||Lift Ticket||Lunch||Accommodation|
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How far is Squaw Valley from Lake Tahoe?
Squaw Valley is 7.3 miles to Tahoe City, which is on the shores of Lake Tahoe, which you can reach in just over 10 minutes. For this reason, Squaw Valley Ski Resort has incredible views over the lake from it’s slopes.
How long is Squaw Valley’s ski season?
Squaw Valley typically opens in mid-November and stays open until early June, or sometimes July. Below are the historical opening and closing dates.
Does Squaw Valley have night skiing and snowboarding?
Squaw Valley no longer allows night skiing, and lifts are open from 9am-4pm.
Is Squaw Valley good for beginners?
Squaw Valley’s majestic terrain overlooking Lake Tahoe is an ideal place for beginner skiing and snowboarding. Beginners will find a number of exciting green trails in Squaw Valley’s mid-mountain area. Accessible to various lifts, beginner skiers and snowboarders will have a wide area to enjoy. Occupying 25% of the entire terrain, Squaw Valley has over 900 acres of green/beginner trails.
Is Squaw Valley good for snowboarders?
Squaw Valley is a favorite for snowboarders for several reasons. First it boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons of any resort in the country. Second, the massive terrain at this resort means there is something for every level of rider. Advanced riders will love the 16 bowls with above treeline terrain, cliffs and chutes, and intermediates will love the tree skiing and powder runs.
What is the difference between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows?
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts merged in 2011 and lift passes are valid at both resorts. The resort has a combined 6,000 acres of terrain. A 10-minute shuttle runs between the 2 ski resorts so skiers and snowboarders can ski both, and a base to base gondola is underway to connect the resorts.
Are Squaw and Alpine connected?
A 10-minute shuttle runs between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, so skiers and snowboarders can ski at both resorts. Lift passes are valid at both. A base to base gondola is underway to connect the resorts.
What are the differences between the types of snowboard rental packages (demo, performance, sport)?
Demo (or premium) packages are for the advanced skier that wants a specific ski or snowboard rental to match their specific riding style or matching the skis to the terrain. These are high-end, high-performance skis and snowboards.
Performance packages are intended for intermediate to beginner levels, typically for groomed terrain and generally have a stiffer, more specialized flex pattern, and may be wider in the waist.
Sport packages are primarily for groomed runs and intended for more beginner level skiers or snowboarders.
**All packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).
What is included in the ski rental package?
Packages include downhill skis or snowboard, bindings, boots and poles (ski).
How can I save money on Squaw Valley ski and snowboard rentals?
Renting online in advance can save you money. Many outfitters offer online reservation rates that are better than walk-in rates. This helps the shops manage their inventory and plan in advance. It also guarantees availability of equipment. TripOutside also has exclusive discounts for customers booking rental gear online from Black Tie Ski Delivery and other ski rental shops.
Can I just rent skis or a snowboard? I don’t need the full package.
Yes, most shops also rent just skis or a snowboard.
How does Squaw Valley ski rental delivery work?
Don’t ever wait in line at the ski shop again! Black Tie Ski Delivery’s hassle-free delivery service will save you time, which means you’ll have more time on the slopes to enjoy with family and friends. They open earlier and stay open later to ensure the best delivery time for guests and to provide slope side assistance when needed.
Fittings are generally done the night before your first day of skiing, this way you can wake up stress-free and have everything you need to hit the slopes for first tracks. Certified ski rental technicians will select and deliver your ski or snowboard equipment to your lodging property at your scheduled delivery time. Their ski technicians will custom fit you with the latest ski and board equipment based on your rental package, ability level, and the current snow conditions. Their delivery vans come fully stocked with lots of options and sizes so they can be sure all of your equipment fits properly.
Returns are just as convenient and easy as delivery. When you are finished with your rentals, Black Tie Ski Delivery will come back to your lodging and retrieve the equipment with no need to intrude on your dining or travel plans.