Squaw Valley was the site of the VIII Olympic Winter Games back in 1955. This event put Squaw Valley ski resort on the map and ever since skiers from all over the world visit every year to find out why the hype.
With six Sierra Nevada mountain peaks rising over Lake Tahoe, including Squaw Peak at 8,900 feet, 33 lifts, terrain parks and half pipes, snow tubing, and 4,000 acres of fun, Squaw Valley makes the whole family happy.
This resort gets dumped on as well- on average 37.5 feet a year of white powder. Better yet, the sun shines at Squaw three days out of four. Squaw is a bit untraditional in that thousands of acres of the resort is open bowl skiing as opposed to traditional ski trails.
It's easy to know where to ski however, because Squaw rates the chair lifts based on the type of terrain they access. Almost half of the terrain is geared for intermediates and then advanced and novices.
For complete beginners, the Papoose Learning area is perfect to learn how to fall down and then ski. Most of the resorts' beginner terrain is located on the upper mountain so even beginners are able to catch a glimpse of the panoramic view of the lake and surrounding range of mountains.
One intermediate trail, the Mountain Run, is the longest run at 3.2 miles. The open tree skiing of Granite Chief and the KT-22 Peak will challenge any expert skier. Squaw boasts three parks and pipe areas catered to all levels of snowboarders.