The Best Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe

The Best Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe
Squaw Valley USA has been famous for world-class skiing since the mountain hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1960. The resort boasts 450 inches average annual snowfall, 4,000 acres of skiable terrain, and a huge village area with great apres ski shopping and dining options. The resort was the subject of the 1984 cult classic film "Hot Dog" and has been featured in countless professional ski videos. It is a mecca for every serious skier on the West Coast and in the country.


Squaw Valley USA has 33 chairlifts offering access to 4,000 skiable acres. If conditions permit, the mountain is open for night skiing until 9 p.m. on weekends, 7 p.m. during the week. Base elevation is 6,200 feet, peak elevation is 9,050 feet. Their trails ratings are 25 percent green , 45 percent blue and 30 percent black diamond.

Terrain Parks

Squaw Valley has three well equipped terrain parks. Papoose is a beginner haven, Ford Belmont and Monster Park offer intermediate and advanced options. Monster Park has a super pipe. Papoose and Ford Belmont are accessible from the Cable Car and the Belmont chairlift, Monster Park has its own chairlift, called the High Camp Chair.


The KT-22 chairlift offers access to some of the most extreme cliff skiing in the country. Ski off the West Face for access to the Rock Garden and 75 Chute. Other black diamond access chairlifts include Cornice II, Headwall Express and Silverado.


Squaw Valley USA is on the north side of Lake Tahoe. The resort is 96 miles east of Sacramento, 196 miles east of San Francisco and 42 miles west of Reno, Nev. It is accessible from State Highway 89.

Article Written By Caroline Schley

Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

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