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- Lots of challenging terrain
- Impressive snow record
- Superb beginner slopes
- Convenient, pleasant, purpose-built village at the base
- Not for mile-hungry intermediates
- Lifts prone to closure by wind
- Limited range of village amenities
- Best to have a car if you want to explore several other ski areas too
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When Intrawest built a neat little base village a decade ago, Squaw became a more attractive place to stay. But the village is small, and the ski area won’t suit everyone – in particular, keen piste-bashers who like cruising groomed runs will find it limited. We would always combine it with a stay at the other end of the lake to ski Heavenly and the resorts south of the lake. A few years ago, Squaw’s founder and owner died; the resort is now under dynamic new ownership and major changes are afoot. Last season, it at last marked runs and classified them for difficulty – on both the mountain and the piste map. Before that, finding your way around and runs that suited you was a real challenge.
News – this season 2012/13
A triple chair at High Camp is to be replaced by a six-pack called the Big Blue Express for quicker access to the terrain parks and the Granite Chief and Silverado areas. A rope tow is also to be installed for easier access to the parks.
News – last season 2011/12
All trails were given names, classified for difficulty and shown on the piste map; and signposting was installed. A new Activity Zone for kids opened at the base area, with tubing and snowmobiles. The lift pass now covers Alpine Meadows (a 10-minute shuttle-bus ride).
News – 2010/11
Grooming was improved, and the Olympic House, Olympic Village and Gold Coast Lodges were given facelifts. The Belmont terrain park became a kids’ adventure area.