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Squaw Valley ski resort

California, United States

Squaw Valley ski resort is located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, California. It is one of the largest ski areas in the United States. The village sits at 1,890m and the lifts lead you up to 2,760m providing skiers and boarders with an 870m vertical drop.

Voted at North America's best ski resort in 2016 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Squaw Valley ski resort legacy has maintained a vibrant ski culture and mountain energy that spans from village to peak. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring, it boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country.

With so many current and past ski legends calling Squaw Valley ski resort home, you can imagine that the terrain trends towards expert. But intermediates will also be pleased with the entirely blue run area between Solitude chairlift and Shirley Lake Express. And beginners will find they too can enjoy watching the daring feats up on the mountain thanks to the Gold Coast Express chairlift, which carries skiers nearly all the way up to the 8,700-foot Emigrant peak, and accesses a myriad of green runs.

With a solid number of varied trails, bowls and chutes this mean that skiers and snowboarders will rarely outgrow Squaw Valley ski resort’s diverse and challenging terrain. The terrain breakdown is approximately 25% beginner trails, 45% intermediate and 30% for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Squaw Valley ski resort has nearly 4,000 acres of terrain, 16 bowls of various sizes, 27 lifts, loads of vertical, 450 inches of the white stuff a year. That includes massive groomies, cliffs, cornices, trees, and steeps. The lift infrastructure is well developed, so you can clock up lots of vertical each day and the snowfall is abundant.

A lot of Squaw Valley ski resort activities are available at High Camp. This includes a 1960 Winter Olympic Museum, an ice skating rink, and even a massive swimming pool complex that is open for spring. In the village, there is a 10m climbing wall and in the valley, there is dog sledding, snow shoeing, snow tubing and 18km of cross-country trails.

The most expensive part of every ski trip is usually the accommodation costs. If you are looking to compare hotel prices and to book your accommodation for your next trip to Squaw Valley ski resort please visit our STAY page. We invite you to book directly online through our website.

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Total Trails: 100 km 62.1 mi

  • Easiest 25 km 15.5 mi | 25%
  • More Difficult 45 km 28 mi | 45%
  • Most Difficult 30 km 18.6 mi | 30%
  • Terrain Park Yes
  • Half Pipes Yes

Resort Stats

Peak elevation:
2760 m 9055.1 ft
Base elevation:
1890 m 6200.8 ft
Vertical Drop:
869 m 2851 ft
Total Trails:
100 km 62.1 mi
Longest Run:
5.1 km 3.2 mi

Lift Tickets

  • Day PassUSD 169
  • Kids Day PassUSD 101
  • Season PassUSD 999
  • Kids Season PassUSD 309
Prices check with resort for specials and discounts

Total Ski Lifts 35

  • Cable Car / Tram1
  • Gondolas1
  • Chairlifts27
  • Rope Tow 1
  • Moving Carpets 5

Snowmaking Yes

  • Mtn Snowmaking %20 %
  • No of Snow guns30

Snow Report

  • Last Snow:
  • 24hrs Snow
  • Base (natural):
0 °C
-1 °C
SW64 km/h SW40 m/h


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