Squaw Valley: North America's Spring Skiing Captial
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Squaw Valley is North America’s Spring Skiing Capital. The near 500” of snowfall each season make it possible for the resort to remain open through the end of May every winter. Last season Squaw Valley received over 200” of snow in March and April alone! Many say a blue-bird powder day is the best way to enjoy the abundant California snowfall, however, more and more guests every year are discovering the joy of skiing and snowboarding on the soft spring ‘corn’ snow under the warm California sunshine. Spring also brings the opportunity to ski some of the elusive and exciting runs that aren’t open at the other times of the year.
Spring at Squaw Valley blends the best of both worlds: sunny California weather and incredible snow. In addition, the springtime means more elbow room on the slopes, less need for bulky clothes and the opportunity to enjoy Squaw’s many outdoor sundecks, patios and mountaintop swimming lagoon. Top it off with an array of pool parties and wacky spring events and you have western skiing at its best.
Best Spring Runs:
For some of Squaw Valley’s best early morning spring skiing, check out Sun Bowl. Take the headwall chair on a spring morning and cut left for great snow and soft bumps. Check out the great views of the Granite Chief Wilderness. Take the horse trails back to Headwall for another round. Later in the day, make your way over to Tower 16. Ride Squaw One and cut right under Funitel Tower 16. Tower 16 offers a very high angle with super soft snow warmed by the spring sun.
Best Outdoor Lunch Spot:
Known as the Spring Skiing Capital for good reason, Squaw Valley offers a host of amazing outdoor lunch spots to hit up for some mid-ski feasting.
For lunch on the mountain, head over to the ARC at Gold Coast. In winter 2009, the 14,000 square foot space was transformed into an inspiring atmosphere with new food and an entirely new aesthetic. Located at the top of the Funitel, The Arc is constructed from 100% recycled materials and locally-produced sustainable building materials. Top it all off with delicious (and healthy!) cuisine and an expansive sun-deck where skiers can relax, enjoy their meal, and watch the world ski by.
Recommended: The Orange Chicken Asian Bowl or the Kobe Beef Burger
Best Après-Ski Patio/Deck:
High Camp Swimming Pool, Hot Tub and Umbrella Bar at El. 8200’
The high altitude pool and hot tub offers skiers and snowboarders a one-of-a-kind mountain experience. Only at Squaw Valley can guests combine a great day on the slopes with a dip in a mountaintop swimming pool and a soak in a giant slopeside hot tub. The free-form swimming lagoon is heated to approximately eighty degrees and contains two twenty-five meter lap lanes. The twenty-five foot diameter spa is heated to a soothing 103 degrees and surrounded by expansive decks and the casual Umbrella Bar.
Recommended: Frozen Margarita at the Umbrella Bar
A longtime favorite, post up for après ski at Le Chamois, locally known as “The Chammy.” The benches and tables outside this classic ski bar are the place to be from 2 pm on all season-long, but spring time is when the al fresco bar goes off!
Recommended: Any made-to-order pizza and $2.50 Budweiser (with Buddy Pass)
In the mood for some margaritas and great beer deals? Head over to Cornice Cantina, located in the Far East Corner of the parking lot. Complete with a great atmosphere and friendly locals, Cornice Cantina serves up authentic Mexican food at a great price… and your first PBR is always a dollar! From quesadillas to burritos, nachos and tacos, the Cantina has it all.
Recommended: $1 PBR Shifter and Chicken Tacos
Best Spring Events:
21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing – World’s Biggest Pond Skimming Contest
Daredevils strap on old skis, snowboards, or the creative pond crossing vessel of choice, and attempt to cross the chilly waters of Lake Cushing in front of a crowd of thousands. The date for the Cushing Classic usually falls in the end of April/early May and is contingent on when the pond melts.
Pool Parties at High Camp
The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub is home to the best spring partying on the lake. With massive DJ pool parties, unbelievable spring skiing/riding, live poolside hip hop, the and the most breathtaking pool/hot tub/umbrella bar at el. 8200' this spring is going to be off the charts!
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