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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.

Getting Here

Before Arriving

  • Make sure you have applied online for your dream job. 
  • Secure Housing before arrival.
  • Apply for Social Security card and/or have proper work authorization on your first day of work
  • Arrange Transportation to Olympic Valley, CA.

Closest Airport

We are only 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.

Once you Arrive in the U.S.

If you are an international joining us for a winter adventure, your first priority is to apply for your social security card.  We recommend you apply immediately after arrival.  The Company will not be able to put you on the schedule until proof of social security application.  For more details, please read social security section.

Travelling from Reno, NV 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.

North Lake Tahoe Express | 866-216-5222 (Airport shuttle direct to The Village at Squaw Valley)
5:30am, 9am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm, 8:45pm, 11:45pm
$20.00 to $40.00 per person depending on number of passengers.

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Tahoe Sierra Transportation | 530-550-5300 (Door to door service)
Private car service by reservation in the North Lake Tahoe area. Specializing in trips to and from the Reno airport. Contact them directly to make a reservation.

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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

Check in at Human Resources office open daily from 8am- 5pm, which is located in the Squaw Valley Conference Center. Our address is 1901 Chamonix Place Olympic Valley, CA 96146. If you have trouble finding our office you can call 530-452-7112.

When you arrive to the HR office you will need to bring your passport, DS2019, I94, Visa, and proof of Social Security Registration. 

Social Security

Applying for Social Security Cards

It is your first priority to apply for your social security card immediately after arrival. You will not be able to start work without proof of social security application. 

The nearest social security office to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows is located in Reno, Nevada.  For a complete list of social security office locations please visit www.ssa.gov

Important: Request to have your social security card mailed to: Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Human Resources, P.O. Box 2007, Olympic Valley, CA 96146.

  • Reno, Nevada Social Security Office Location
    1170 Harvard Way
    Reno, NV 89502
    • Phone: 888-808-5481
    • Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-3pm, Wed 9am-12pm, closed Holidays
    • Website: www.ssa.gov

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

 

Preparing for Winter

What is the weather like?

Located at approximately 6,200 feet in elevation, winters are cold and very snowy.  Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows averages 450 inches of snow each year.  Please come prepared for travelling, walking, standing, driving, and working in snow and cold temperatures. 

What do I need to bring for the winter season?

  • Snow boots, insulated and waterproof
  • Winter coat and snow pants
  • Hats, mittens, scarfs
  • Wool socks
  • Clothing for layering under snowpants and jacket. Avoid cotton base layers.
  • Ski/Snowboard Equipment (optional)

Where should I purchase winter boots, clothing?
Shopping in Reno, Nevada

  • Walmart – There are several located in Reno.
  • REI – Sporting good store that specializes in outdoor gear.
  • Sierra Trading Post – 30-70% sporting goods.

Discounts for employees at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

  • The Trading Post at The Village at Squaw Valley 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. 

Where should I purchase/rent skis or snowboard equipment this season?
Affordable ski/snowboard equipment for purchase or to rent 

  • Check out Craigslist to find if people in the area are selling their new or used equipment.
  • Truckee-Travel Guide will put you in touch with used or new equipment.
  • Season long rentals (skis or snowboard) are available in Truckee, California at Tahoe Daves. Call 530-582-0900. Located at 10200 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161.

New equipment can be purchased at a discount (20%) at the following stores at The Village at Squaw Valley

  • Parallel Mountain Sports
  • The Ledge Board Shop

 

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 | 866-216-5222 (Airport shuttle direct to The Village at Squaw Valley)
5:30am, 9am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm, 8:45pm, 11:45pm
$20.00 to $40.00 per person depending on number of passengers.

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Tahoe Sierra Transportation | 530-550-5300 (Door to door service)
Private car service by reservation in the North Lake Tahoe area. Specializing in trips to and from the Reno airport. Contact them directly to make a reservation.

Transportation to and from work?

Free shuttle 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

 

 

Other FAQ

Can I get a second job?

Yes. Employees are welcome to seek secondary employment.  There are several options within The Village at Squaw Valley, Truckee, CA, and Tahoe City, Ca.  We ask that employees work with their managers to coordinate seconds jobs.   

Will I be working on Holidays? When can I travel?

Holidays are our busiest time and we expect employees to be available to work weekend and Holidays.  Naturally, we experience slower periods during the season when we encourage people to travel and/or take time off.  Slow periods typically are between January 5-14th & February 1-17th.  Communicating any reasonable accommodation, or requests for time off during Holiday periods is required at time of hire.

Does Squaw do a pre-employment drug screen?

Yes, Squaw requires a pre-employment drug screen within the first 7 days of an employees first day of work.  There is an on-site facility, so it is fast & convenient.

What about ski/snowboarding equipment?

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows offers free rentals to their staff members, based on availability. We recommend that you look for deals when you get here and shop around.  Cheap equipment can be easy to find once you arrive and network with the other employees. Check out our First Timers Guide for more details.

What is the grooming and appearance policy?

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows has a grooming and appearance policy. Please review prior to applying to ensure that you can comply with our standards.

Creating good memories for our guests involves projecting a positive image. A professional and well-groomed appearance is an essential ingredient to our success.

We are here for our guests and it is absolutely necessary to create a safe, warm and welcoming environment at all times. Team Members should dress according to their department uniform guidelines. If a Team Member fails to dress appropriately, the Team Member may be asked to leave for the day or to return home, change into suitable clothing, and report back to work. If you have any questions about the proper attire for your work area, ask your manager.

Men can wear small rings such as class rings and wedding bands are permitted but should not be worn while performing work where they might present a safety hazard. No pins or other articles are allowed on uniforms with the exception of certification pins (P.S.I.A., Far West, Squaw related etc.). One small earring is allowed.

Hair must be of a natural haircut, neat and tidy at all times. Well groomed hair is essential. Sideburns must be neatly trimmed and may extend to a half inch below the ear. Full beards, mustaches, or goatees are permitted if fully grown at the time an individual is hired and cannot be started during the active season (June 1st through October 1st and November 1st through May 15th ). All beards, mustaches, and goatees must be neatly trimmed daily and of a conservative nature. Beards may not extend onto the neck area, or more than one-half inch in fullness.

Woman must present a neat, natural hairstyle. Long hair may need confinement in areas where it is a health or safety hazard. Jewelry should be worn in moderation. Small rings, wedding bands, bracelets, and earrings (two) are permitted, but should not be worn while performing work where they might present a safety hazard. No pins or other articles are allowed on uniforms with the exception of certification pins (P.S.I.A., Far West, Squaw related etc.).

Radical hairstyles or colors (bleached OK) do not meet our standards. Exposed body piercing and excessive exposed tattoos are not acceptable on the job with the exception of one small facial stud smaller than 1/16 of an inch with only one end exposed.

Tattoos may be required to be covered depending on location and content of the tattoo. See your manager for clarifications.

Do you provide housing?

We do not provide employee housing, however we do offer housing resources and a First Timers Guide for those relocating to the area.

 

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