Summer Resorts 2000¿Far West, Squaw Valley USA, Calif.


Like a two-letter college athlete, Squaw Valley remains a BMOC when the seasons change. Centered in California's Sierra Nevada peaks, and cuddling Lake Tahoe, Squaw is an antidote to the annual beach vacation of toeing whatever the tide washed in. Ground zero is High Camp (pictured), at 8,200 feet, the highest adult romper room in America. Squaw patriarch Alex Cushing's ultimate vision for mountain multi-tasking, High Camp offers ice skating at the Olympic Ice Pavilion, swimming, tennis, spa pampering and dining with 360-degree views, as well as miles of scenic hiking and mountain biking. If High Camp isn't high enough, you can be elevated 80 feet and hurl yourself off the world's highest bungee-jump tower.

After you get your feet back on the ground, there's always golf at the Resort at Squaw Creek's Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor climbing walls and rafting on the Truckee River. Or make believe you're on a Microsoft corporate retreat and jump into the team-building and problem-solving rope course at Squaw's new Adventure Center. You can even try a moonlight hike.

But a Squaw summer means more than fatigue. PlumpJack Café (530-583-1576) at the base and Fiamma Cucina Rustica (530-581-1416) in Tahoe City will lower your pulse, as will the lack of beach sand in your shorts.

DON'T MISS The hike to Shirley Lake and then on to High Camp¿and lunch. The 4-mile trek is moderate in excertion but extreme in breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

BEST DEAL Lodging at the Resort at Squaw Creek and golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. course. Starts at $170 per person, per night. Call (800)327-3353, or visit