Squaw Valley is called the Spring Skiing Capital for a reason--actually, several reasons. There's the sparkling California sunshine, epic Lake Tahoe views, perfect ski conditions (including excellent corn), and of course lots of vertical to take it all in. And now, believe it or not, it's nearly time for Spring Break. Here are five reasons why it's unbeatable at Squaw.
- The High Camp Swimming Pool and Hot Tub
This one is hard to beat. Picture this: You’ve been riding perfect corn under a bluebird sky and then decide to take a break. Simply ride the Aerial Tram to High Camp, slip in to one of the on-site changing rooms, slip out of your ski gear and then jump into a 25-ft diameter hot tub. Or if you choose, you could have your very own high-altitude pool party. Swim laps to loosen your muscles, or sip a cocktail at the Umbrella Bar. Music and landscaped waterfalls complete the experience—and the whole thing opens in mid-March.
- The Silky Corn Snow
We said this up top, too: With 3600 skiable acres and an average of 450 inches of annual snow fall, the California sunshine keeps the ski conditions optimal. While rain sometimes happens, Squaw Valley’s location sees much less rainfall than other resorts, making for a slower, more pleasant snow melt. Mud season what?
- The Lodging Options
This one’s a no-brainer. You can stay at a range of accommodations at Squaw Valley, whether in the Village or nearby in a Lake Tahoe hotel. Options range from a comfy condo for groups and families, to romantic B&B’s and luxury hotels. There are a multitude of options to suit every taste and budget. You can also book your Lake Tahoe ski resort vacation package directly through Squaw, to make it easy.
- This Burger
One of the Village’s newer installations @Rocker offers up a 5-lb burger. That’s right. The G.N.A.R. Burger. Not only is it tasty, but it’s clearly perfect for those who like to share—or are up to a party challenge.
- The Secret Snow Stashes
While ski conditions depend on the weather, and are in no one’s control, Squaw Valley is home to some secret spots that tend to hang on to snow:
One to try: The North Bowl. Ride the Headwall lift and make a hard left once you get to the bottom of the ramp.