Winter Destinations: The Beautiful Squaw Valley Ski Resort


Squaw Valley Ski Resort is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. It is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, making it a popular ski destination for winter travelers from around the world. Its highest point is at Granite Chief at 9,050 feet. And it boasts one of the longest ski seasons in Lake Tahoe, thanks to the average 450 inches of snow it receives each year.

Squaw valley opened in 1949 under the direction of Alex Cushing. The resort was originally modeled after ski destinations from around Europe. Upon opening, it featured restaurants, a swimming pool, an ice rink and other attractions on the mountain. It’s immense popularity did not come until 1960, however, when the resort gained world-wide visibility by hosting the Winter Olympics.

In 2010, Andrew Wirth was officially named the CEO of Squaw Valley. He immediately began work on a $70 million upgrade to the resort. The much needed upgrades brought Squaw Valley back into a competitive position with ski destinations around the globe. Wirth’s continued diligence as CEO was shown again in 2012 when he led the acquisition of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in a merger with Squaw Valley.

Today, the joint resorts now offer 43 lifts, 270 trails, and access to 6,200 acres of skiable area. There is a wide variety of slopes and terrain for everyone from the most inexperienced skier all the way up to the expert looking to challenge themselves. There is even an area specifically designed for young children offering mini snowmobiles and snow tubing for all ages. Meanwhile, for those times when you would like to take a break from the action, or for those family members who are less inclined to skiing, there is the beautiful Village at Squaw Valley which boasts nearly 60 restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.