Destination Squaw Valley

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Vital Stats:

Top Elevation:

9,050 feet

Vertical Drop:

2,850 feet

Annual Snowfall:

450 inches

Skiable Acreage:



25% Green 45% Blue 30% Black


1 funitel, 1 cable car, 1 pulse lift, 2 six-packs, 5 quads, 8 triples, 8 doubles, 3 surface lifts


and Reservations: 888-SNOW-321;

Getting There: From Reno, take I-80 west 42 miles to highway 89 south. Squaw Valley is eight miles from the 89 exit.

Prices: Full-day lift ticket: $52 adult, $26 juniors (age 13-15), $5 kids (12 and under). Five-day adult pass: $220; three-day, $148.

Lodging: Squaw Valley has three slopeside resorts: The Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley Lodge, and the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. The Resort is the deluxe option. Tahoe City and Truckee are both within ten miles of the resort and offer a variety of accommodations.

Food & Drink: The new Gordon Biersch sundeck tavern will be a good on-slope après joint this season, serving fancy Californian bar cuisine. Afterward, head to Graham's for a swank dinner. In Tahoe City, Wolfdale's is a good spot on the higher end of things, while the budget conscious head to Hacienda del Lago or Coyote's. In Truckee, you can't go wrong at Pacific Crest or Pianeta's. Anyone who parties will head to the Naughty Dawg in Tahoe City or rub elbows with the locals at the Bridgetender.