Located just north of beautiful Lake Tahoe is one of the most spectacular resorts in California. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offer visitors with year-round recreational opportunities, making them the ideal place to visit no matter the weather.
There are so many options when visiting the area, so where do you begin? To help you narrow it down and figure out what there is to do, check out these excellent options.
For those who want to enjoy a premium golfing experience, be sure to book a tee time at the Links at Squaw Creek. Golfers are surrounded by the majesty of the Sierra Nevada as they work their way through a carefully manicured course.
If you want to save a bit of money, consider booking your hotel room through the Hyatt which is currently offering a $75 resort credit to those who want a great golf and hotel stay experience!
If you’re more about getting into the wilderness, be sure to hit up one of the many hiking trails at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Resort. One of the best trails to get deep into the backcountry is the Tinker Knob from Squaw Valley Trail.
You’ll start in the village and make your way up the trail, which takes hikers over 4,000’ up in elevation and on a round trip of just under 15 miles. If that sounds like a lot to take in for just a day hike, no worries! You can easily pack camp in on your back to extend your trip to Tinker Knob, which rewards hikers with some pretty spectacular views of the valley below.
For those who want to experience what life behind bars can be like, be sure to take out your mountain bike and fly down the trails at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. When the snow from winter melts away, they reveal several miles of downhill mountain biking bliss for the adrenaline seekers in your group!
The trails at these resorts are pretty rowdy and shouldn’t be where you should learn to ride a mountain bike downhill for the first time. But for those who are skilled and brave enough to take on these trails, you’ll be rewarded with an experience that feels almost like riding on a roller coaster at Disneyland than anything else!
Roller Skating at High Camp
Roller skating is one of the most fun things to do with your kids. The biggest problem is that roller rinks are often inside of dank dark buildings that don’t offer very much in the way of great views. That’s where the idea for the roller rink at High Camp came to be!
Taking the Aerial Tram up to High Camp, you’ll get to skate outside at an elevation of 8,200’ with gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada. When you’re done skating, be sure to stope inside the Mountain-Top dining area for a cool drink and a tasty treat!
For those who want to get to the top of the mountain on their own power, be sure to take a guided rock-climbing trip! You’ll be outfitted with everything that you need to successfully (and safely) ascend the granite walls that boarder Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Be sure to bring your phone along to snap some spectacular photos from the top and to prove what an absolute savage you are.
One of the coolest cultural events that takes place at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is Oktoberfest. While it started as a Bavarian festival that only happened in Germany, Oktoberfest has become a celebration of beer and German culture all over the world!
While there are plenty of opportunities for beer tasting, there is much more to Oktoberfest. Taste authentic German food like bratwursts and weinersnitchel. Join in the Lederhosen 5k by dressing up in your most comfortable set of traditional Bavarian clothing.
Then finish out the night by listening to live music in the resort village!
Belonging to the IKON consortium of resorts, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is available for season long skiing and snowboarding for anyone who holds an IKON pass. Due to the fact that both resorts are in the Sierra Nevada, they average about 6 months of active operation, which means that you can ski and snowboard for half the year!
With so many trails to choose from, there is a healthy mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails for every experience level. What’s better is that as you ascend the mountain in the Aerial Tram and any of the other ski lifts, you get a bomber view of Lake Tahoe, which is absolutely surreal to see as you prepare to shred down the mountain.
If you’d rather save the downhill skiing for the more adventurous folks, no worries! There is still plenty to do and see without having to assume the risks of flying down the mountain on a pair of skis or a snowboard.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offers Nordic skiing for those who would still like to enjoy a winter wonderland without the lift lines and steep descents. Swing by the Nordic Center to rent a pair of Nordic skis and get a map of the groomed trails before you start your adventure!
As you can see, there are tons of amazing things to do at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort. Whether you visit in the summer or the winter, you and your family will have endless opportunities to reap the benefits of recreating in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth!
Take full advantage of all of the amenities and activities by booking your trip in advance. Get an itinerary going so that you can capitalize on every moment that you spend in the area.
Now it’s your turn! What will you do first?