Take a Trip to Squallywood

Tahoe is home to the rich and famous – rich scenery and famous trails, that is.

One of the legendary areas that offer both the rich and famous is Squaw Valley, which is often referred to as Squallywood due to its abundance of impressive lines (and also because of this book). Squaw Valley is renowned as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games during which women’s speed skating and the biathlon first debuted. It is this event that put Squaw Valley on the map and helped build the resort that so many visitors enjoy today.

All smiles riding the Siberia Express lift at Squaw Valley. Courtesy: Squaw Valley

Between Squaw and its neighbor Alpine Meadows, this resort area sees an average of 450 inches of snow per year on six mountain peaks. The epic conditions alone would certainly earn Squaw Valley a star on the ski resort walk of fame, but the resort goes above and beyond when it comes to offering exclusive activities. One such exclusive is Dawn Patrol, which is offered every Saturday from the end of December through March. This exclusive feature provides access to the freshest of the fresh powder for intermediate and advanced riders. You can beat the lines and ride the finest corduroy without the wait – and you will not want to wait for turns at Squaw!

However, if you do find yourself wandering off the slopes and through the village, which still has remnants of the Olympics, you’ll discover many modern flairs including contemporary dining, shopping accommodations and entertainment. One of the attractions that history buffs will naturally gravitate toward is the Olympic Museum, recently renovated and chock full of information about the storied past of Squallywood. Among its many artifacts are authentic Team USA uniforms and memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Games, which will make you appreciate the strides we’ve made in safety and padding!

Squaw Valley also hosts WinterWonderGrass, a 3-day music festival that brings together those who love music, mountains and a good time. Performances include world-class Bluegrass/Acoustic Roots music on three stages and California craft breweries offering up their tasty brews. The lineup includes Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Duo De Twang with Les Claypool, Travelin’ McCoury’s, Brothers Comatose, Dustbowl Revival, Shook Twins, Fruition, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang and Mandolin Orange.

Take a trip to Squallywood – you won’t regret it.

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