Squaw Valley Ski Holidays

Squaw Valley is one of my favourite ski areas in the USA. If you’re looking for sun, snow, varied terrain and higher quality accommodation in Lake Tahoe, Squaw should be your first choice.
James Rivers
USA Product Manager
Squaw Valley is one of my favourite ski areas in the USA. If you’re looking for sun, snow, varied terrain and higher quality accommodation in Lake Tahoe, Squaw should be your first choice.
James Rivers
USA Product Manager


Average: 4 (1 vote)
Average: 4 (1 vote)
  • Family Friendly
  • Non-Ski Activities
  • Quick Transfer Time

Californian powder, quality accommodation and two phenomenal ski areas - Squaw Valley appeals to both extreme skiers and complete beginners.

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw is renowned for its big mountain terrain and heavy snowfalls. Set on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful North Shore, our team never tire of coming here.

Experts love Squaw for the steep chutes, glades and powdery bowls, while beginners can enjoy green runs across the mountain. Your lift pass also covers Alpine Meadows (10 minutes by free shuttle).

Big spring snowfalls make this a great option for Easter skiing. It often dumps overnight and Tahoe receives around 300 days of sunshine a year - waking up to blue skies and deep powder is not uncommon here.

The car-free resort village has a few shops and restaurants but nightlife is low key. As with all Tahoe resorts, San Francisco and Las Vegas make great city add-ons to a Squaw Valley ski holiday, or Mammoth is the best addition for a California Ski Safari.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Squaw Valley Resort Guide

Make the most of your Squaw Valley ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

November to April
Nearest airport
San Francisco / Reno
Flight time
10 hours / 11 hours
Direct flight
Transfer time
3 hours 30 minutes / 45 minutes
Car hire or transfer
9,050 ft
Vertical drop
2,850 ft
Avg snowfall
38 ft
Ski area
3,600 acres (plus 2,400 acres at Alpine Meadows)
Ski lifts
30% advanced
45% intermediates
25% beginners


Resort Map

Google piste view


Squaw Valley has the best quality accommodation in Lake Tahoe, as well as some of the USA’s best value luxury hotels. All accommodation has easy access to the slopes, making this a great option for families, groups or couples looking for convenience.

We’ve stayed at or visited all our Squaw Valley accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Close to Slopes
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pool
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Spa
The Resort at Squaw Creek is a full service, luxury hotel set in its own beautiful grounds and located just minutes from California's North Lake Tahoe.
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
The Squaw Valley Lodge is a welcoming slopeside condo hotel located just steps from the Village Centre and with everything you could want on your doorstep.


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05/04/2019 Simon Elliott

Alpine Meadows was very nice. Not so keen on Squaw as there is relatively little groomed skiing and if the weather is bad, off piste skiing in an area you don't know in poor visibility isn't much fun! Wanderlust yoga in the resort village is excellent. Alibi brewery and bar in Truckee is brilliant!

18/02/2019 Gordon Evans

The village itself was very quaint but rather small and did not have the capacity to manage the number of visitors. Most restaurants/bars were closed by 9pm. The resort seemed set up for car driving day visitors.

16/04/2018 Serena Green

Great skiing in a well organised and efficiently run resort.

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