Squaw Valley USA, located on the California side of beautiful Lake Tahoe, is an iconic resort and popular destination for skiers and riders of any age. Host to the 1960 Winter Olympics and, more recently, the home mountain of many Olympians and other ski greats such as Jonny Moseley and Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley is steeped in history as well as, well, steeps. And it's a great ski and snowboarding destination for the whole family. Here is just one Family Adventures trip report from Squaw with insights and (hopefully) inspiration to get outdoors and onto the slopes with the kids if you're visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter.
Squaw has one of the longest ski seasons in the country, boasts 170 trails, 16 bowls, and 4 terrain parks, with amazing options for all ability levels. While Squaw does have named runs, one unique aspect of the mountain is how wide open much of it is. Choose your lift based on ability level (Green, Blue, Black), and, at the top, just pick a direction and go!
If your kids are first-timers or still just building up their skills, the Squaw Kids ski and snowboard school is top-notch. Offering half-day and full-day group or private lessons, the coaches and staff really do a phenomenal job with each day resulting in both a progression in ability and an increasing love for snow sports. Incidentally, the Squaw Kids ski school is located right next to the RED DOG lift at Squaw... any guesses on where the inspiration for SHRED DOG's brand name came from?
While Squaw Valley is not as well-known for glades and tree skiing as its smaller neighbor resort, Homewood, you simply can not keep kids that shred away from the trees. You can always find great spots at Squaw and, if you're lucky, find some nice powder stashes days after the regular trails and bowls are tracked out following a storm.
There are a number of spots at Squaw Valley offering great views of Lake Tahoe. And when the kiddos get hungry for lunch, you can either ski all the way back down to the village or just stop at the mid-mountain Gold Coast Lodge. They even have a "ski up" Starbucks if the parents want a coffee and the kids want hot chocolate.
Terrain parks large and small and good for all ability levels!
More great views of the surrounding Sierras... this one taken late in the day at the top of Siberia Bowl.
After a day shredding the slopes, definitely check out the Squaw Valley Village. Lots of great dining options, shopping, and, of course, the wildly popular bungee jump for the kids.
Squaw Valley has equally as much to offer in the summer as it does the winter and we will no doubt be featuring more Family Adventures from this amazing and kid-friendly destination. Will we feature one of yours?
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