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First Timers Guide to Squaw

Welcome to the Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, we are excited that you are considering starting an adventure with us. It is a special place boosting winter Olympic history, beautiful mountain views, and passionate people dedicated to the environment we love so much. The First Timers Guide is designed to help with your relocation to the area.

Join our Facebook group “Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows Employment”. Connect with prospective, current and past employees to ask questions, get answers, and get to know each other.

Getting Here

Closest Airport

We are 42 miles from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, located in Reno, Nevada.  The airport code is RNO.  Please visit their website at renoairport.com for more information.

Travelling from Reno, Nevada to Olympic Valley, California (Squaw Valley Resort & Alpine Meadows)

  • Squaw Valley can refer to two things, the general area and the ski resort. For clarification, Squaw Valley Ski Resort; the reason that you’re probably making your way out here – is located in Olympic Valley, California. It is not in Squaw Valley, California.

Transportation Options

North Lake Tahoe Express: This shuttle service leaves from the airport. |

  • Call: 866-216-5222 to make a reservation
  • Departure times: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 8:45pm, 11:45pm
  • Rates: The larger the group, the cheaper the rate it.
    • 1 person: $45
    • 2 people: $78
    • 3 people: $83
    • 4 people: $93
    • 5 people: $103
    • 6 people: $123
    • 7 people: $143
    • 8 people: $163
    • 9-10 people: $183
    • 11-21 people: $193

Greyhound Bus Line | 800-229-9424 (To Truckee, CA where you will transfer to the Tahoe Area Regional Transit to Squaw Valley)
Please check the TART schedule for departure times.  

Arrival to Olympic Valley, California

The first thing you need to do when you arrive is complete the drug screen at one of the following locations:

  • TTMG- 10956 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee- Tues-Sat 8:30am-5pm
  • TTMG- 945 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City- Tues-Sat 8:30am-5pm

Once your drug screen has been completed, check in at Human Resources office. HR is located in the Olympic Village Lodge and open Monday-Friday from 8AM- 5:00PM.

Our address is 1901 Chamonix Place Olympic Valley, CA 96146.  If you have trouble finding our office you can call 530-452-7112. 

If you are an international hire, when you arrive to the HR office you will need to bring your passport, DS-2019, I94, Visa, and receipt you have applied for your Social Security Card.

Social Security

Applying for Social Security Cards

Apply for your social security card immediately after you arrive. You will not be able to start work without the receipt for social security card.

The nearest social security office to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows is located in Reno, Nevada.

1170 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
Phone:
1-888-808-5481

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 3pm
Tuesday: 9am - 3pm
Wednesday: 9am - 12pm
Thursday: 9am - 3pm
Friday: 9am – 3pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

For a complete list of social security office locations please visit www.ssa.gov

Important: Use this address when applying for your social security card

Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 2007
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Getting around Reno - Taxi Services

  • Whittlesea Checker Taxi: 775-322-2222
  • Yellow Cab: 775-355-5555
  • Airport Mini Bus: 775-786-3706

Reno Hotel Options Close to the Social Security Office

Hyatt Place Hotel Tahoe Airport Reno
1790 East Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89502 US
775-324-2282

Comfort Inn Airport Reno
1250 East Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502
775-682-4444

Best Western Plus Airport Plaza Inn Reno
1981 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502
775-348-6370

La Quinta Inn Airport Reno
4001 Market Street, Reno, NV 89502
775-348-6100

 

What to Bring

What to Bring

Money

  • To establish housing, be prepared to have at least $800-$1,000/person USD for a housing deposit and the 1st month rent.  This is the typical start up cost when renting a house.
  • Plan to bring extra money for living expenses for the first month.  You will need cash for food, transportation, and basic start up living costs to survive until your first paycheck, which could take up to a month depending on your start date.  You may not work start working right away, it all depends on if we have snow.  It is best to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Summer Clothing

  • Clothing should include items suitable for whatever activity you plan to enjoy – boots for hiking, water gear for rafting, boating, or kayaking, shorts for hot days, and long pants for cooler nights. Always go prepared as the weather can change suddenly.
  • Pack your sunscreen and apply it often! It is always sunny in the Tahoe area and because you will be at a higher altitude, you may have a tendency to sun burn more readily. And of course, bring sunglasses and the appropriate hat for the season!

Discounts for employees at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

  • Squaw Valley Outfitters located in the Village offers employees 50% discounts off select on winter outdoor gear. Sizes and selections may be limited.
  • Employees receive 20% off retail at all our retail stores at The Village at Squaw Valley.
  • If you are shopping for skis or snowboard equipment, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows also offers hard goods in several of our stores.

Weather

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the Lake Tahoe area is a popular vacation destination! The annual visitation is 5.5 million people over half of those visits are in summer! A typical July day could  start at a brisk 40 degrees, but quickly rises to an average of 80 degrees.

Average Temperatures:

  • June- High 72˚ / Low 37˚
  • July- High 81˚/ Low 41˚
  • August- High 80˚ / Low 40˚
  • September- High 74˚ / Low 35˚

Housing

Housing Hints

Finding housing in North Lake Tahoe requires advance planning. We recommend that you exhaust all resources. Check out our recommended housing resources:

Distance from Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows to:

  • Tahoe City 7.7 mi
  • Sunnyside 9.7 mi
  • Dollar Point 10.8 mi
  • Truckee 11.7 mi
  • Carnelian Bay 11.9 mi
  • Homewood 13.6 mi
  • Tahoe Vista 15.6 mi
  • Tahoma 16 mi
  • Kings Beach 17 mi
  • Incline Village 22.4 mi

Things You Should Know

Deposits: It is common practice to pay a deposit when moving in.  You will receive the money back at the end of the lease ONLY if the property is in the same condition as the start of the lease. Security deposits will be provided AFTER participants have left for the season.  They will assess housing damage before returning any money!

Remember: Clean your rental completely before move out or you can be charged. Remove clothing, food and anything else you may have bought during your stay that was not there when you moved in

Rent: Paid monthly, ranging from $400 to $500 per person to share a bedroom

Utilities: Landlords may or may not include utilities (water, sewer, heat, trash removal) in the total price of your rent. This is a question you should ask before signing a lease.  It may be your responsibility to sign up for your own utilities.

Internet: Most landlords will not provide internet service. If you want to set up internet service, you will need to arrange on your own.

Phone Service: It is your responsibility to establish home phone or landline service. Most individuals use their personal cell phone.  Be aware cell service is not 100% reliable in all locations.

Transportation

Travelling from Reno, Nevada to Olympic Valley, California we recommend the following transit providers.

North Lake Tahoe Express: This shuttle service leaves from the airport. |

  • Call: 866-216-5222 to make a reservation
  • Departure times: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 8:45pm, 11:45pm
  • Rates: The larger the group, the cheaper the rate it.
    • 1 person: $45
    • 2 people: $78
    • 3 people: $83
    • 4 people: $93
    • 5 people: $103
    • 6 people: $123
    • 7 people: $143
    • 8 people: $163
    • 9-10 people: $183
    • 11-21 people: $193

Taxi Service: Each taxi company charges a different rate so research before you book a taxi. The following are some local taxi companies:

Transportation to and from work

Free bus passes are available in the Human Resources office. Review the public bus schedule. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) operates all public transportation in the area. Make sure you live near the bus line if you will depend on public transportation. 

Distance from Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows to:

  • Alpine Meadows 5.9 mi
  • Tahoe City 7.7 mi
  • Sunnyside 9.7 mi
  • Dollar Point 10.8 mi
  • Carnelian Bay 11.9 mi
  • Tahoe Vista 15.6 mi
  • Tahoma 16 mi
  • Kings Beach 17 mi
  • Incline Village 22.4 mi

Getting around Reno - Taxi Services

  • Whittlesea Checker Taxi: 775-322-2222
  • Yellow Cab: 775-355-5555
  • Airport Mini Bus: 775-786-3706

 

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