The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 2 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 1 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 5 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1890 m
Slopes1890-2760 m
Lifts29
Pistes3600 acres
Price index180

Squaw Valley

USA

Poolrink Nathan Kendall

The upside

  • Lots of challenging terrain
  • Superb beginner slopes
  • Convenient ‘village’ at the base
  • Impressive snow record but…

The downside

  • Some recent seasons have been dry
  • Not for mile-hungry intermediates
  • Lifts prone to closure by wind
  • Limited range of village amenitie
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    Summary

    The neat little car-free base ‘village’ is a pleasant enough place to stay but there’s not much life at night. And keen piste-bashers who like cruising groomed runs will find the ski area limited too. But Squaw now shares ownership and its lift pass with Alpine Meadows, only 15 minutes away by free shuttle-bus, which means there is quite a lot of skiing locally. Even so, we would always combine a stay in Squaw with one in another Tahoe resort.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 2 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 2 out of 5
    • Restaurants 1 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 5 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 4 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 1 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1890 m
    Slopes1890-2760 m
    Lifts29
    Pistes3600 acres
    Price index180