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Squaw Valley, California Hot

Squaw_ValleyThe second largest ski-resort in the Lake Tahoe Region, Squaw Valley is a destination steeped in history with offerings for snow enthusiasts of every ilk.

Expert skiers are afforded the opportunity to test their skills on challenging, technical terrain while beginners traverse open, rolling slopes equipped with scenic views atypical of novice runs featured at other resorts. There is a generous blend of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs among the mountain’s 170-plus trails. The resort also offers North America’s only Funitel, which combined with 33 lifts, offer access to six separate peaks.

Those seeking a more exhilarating ski experience can try their hand at the Riviera Superpipe, 12 tabletops and more than 40 rails and boxes. And, while Squaw Valley boasts a distinguished ski and snowboard profile, there are an expanse of other snow pursuits and entertainment options in the European-style village.

Snow devotees can participate in snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, sledding, tubing amongst others. Children play in one of the largest kid-friendly ski areas around. The shopping and nightlife area at Squaw are unrivaled as resort-goers enjoy not only enjoy some of the best powder in North America, but also renowned après-skiing opportunities.

Truly, Squaw Valley is one of the Far West’s most distinguished ski-resort destinations.

In historical terms, Squaw Valley served as the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Originally the event was awarded to Innsbruck, Austria, but an argument from Attorney Alex Cushing of the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation convinced the IOC otherwise. Cushing promised a high-standard resort akin to its European competitors and Squaw Valley lived up to expectations during the two weeks of the Games. Those Olympics featured an Athlete Village for the first time at the Winter Games and a Gold Medal for the United States’ Hockey Team.

Facts and Figures:

  • Seasons: Winter: November – Mid-May; Summer: June – Mid-September
  • Lift Operations: 9am – 9pm (Fri-Sun) / 9am – 7pm (Mon-Thur) from Dec 19, 2010 through Mar 27, 2011; 9 am – 4pm when there are no night operations (Nov 21 – Dec 18, 2010 & Mar 28, 2011 - Closing)
  • Elevations: Base Elevation: 6,200’; Peak Elevation: 9,050’; Vertical rise: 2,850’
  • Snow: Average Annual Snowfall: 450 inches; Snowmaking: 600 acres
  • Trail Classification: Skiable Acres: 4,000 (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced); 170+ trails; 16 Bowls
  • Lift System: Total Number of Lifts: 33
  • Uphill Capacity: 49,000 people per hour
  • Terrain Parks: (3) Riviera Park, Belmont Park, High Camp Yard; Pipes - Riviera Superpipe, length 400 ft., walls 18.5 ft; Tabletops - 12+ throughout all parks; Rails & Boxes - More than 40
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