Winter Recreation at Sqauw Valley Resort.

Voted at North America’s best ski resort in 2016 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Squaw Valley legacy has maintained a vibrant ski culture and mountain energy that spans from village to peak. Its spirit of outdoor adventure is reflected by the views of Lake Tahoe’s translucent waters, and its inspiration is carved into the slopes of the Sierra mountains. Beginners will find forgiving learning zones set among dramatic alpine scenery, while varied trails, bowls and chutes mean that skiers and snowboarders will never outgrow Squaw’s progressive terrain. With consistent snowfall that stays around well into the spring, Squaw Valley boasts one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country.

Location

Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley is just 42 miles from Reno, 96 miles from Sacramento and 196 miles from San Francisco via all-weather Interstate 80.

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Seasons
  • Winter: November – Mid-May
    • Daily Lift Operations: 9am-4pm, subject to change due to weather and conditions
    • Night Operations: 3:30-7pm on select dates
  • Summer: Mid-May – Mid-September
Elevations
  • Base Elevation: 6,200’
  • Peak Elevation: 9,050’
  • Vertical rise: 2,850’ / 869 m
  • Six Mountain Peaks:
    • Snow King – 7,552’
    • Broken Arrow – 8,030’
    • KT-22 – 8,070’
    • Emigrant – 8,774’
    • Squaw Peak – el. 8,885’
    • Granite Chief – el. 9,006’

Snow
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 450 inches
  • Snowmaking: 11 out of 29 lifts
Monthly Snowfall Average
  • November: 40 inches
  • December: 123 inches
  • January: 74 inches
  • February: 57 inches
  • March: 91 inches
  • April: 67 inches
  • May: 8 inches
Trail Classification (total mountain acreage)
  • 25% Beginner
  • 45% Intermediate
  • 30% Advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 3,600
  • Trails: 170+
  • Bowls: 16

Longest Run: Mountain Run, 3.2 miles or 5.15km12-25-15sv-24

Lift System
  • Total Number of Lifts: 29
  • Aerial Tram: 1 (110-person tram)
  • Funitel: 1 (28-person gondola)
  • Express 6-pacs: 4
  • Express Quads: 3
  • Fixed-Grip Quad: 1
  • Triple Chairs: 9
  • Double Chairs: 5
  • Surface Lifts: 3
  • Magic Carpets: 2

Uphill Capacity: 53,500 people per hour

Terrain Parks
  • Belmont Park
  • Gold Coast Park
  • Mainline Park
  • SnoVentures Start Park
  • High Camp Start Park

 

Climate

(average daytime highs and night time lows in Fahrenheit)

  • Nov: 47 high, 24 low
  • Dec: 40 high, 20 low
  • Jan: 36 high, 16 low
  • Feb: 39 high, 18 low
  • Mar: 44 high, 21 low
  • Apr: 50 high, 26 low
  • May: 60 high, 32 low

*Squaw Valley sees more than 300 days of cloudless, sunny skies per year.