Squaw Valley Ski Resort (Winter Time)

Squaw Valley is a major skiing and snowboard resort that is most notable for its famous hosting of the 1960 Winter Olympics. As of 2019, it is in partnership with the nearby Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. There are seven proper zones in Squaw Valley excluding SnoVentures and the Village at Squaw Valley. The zones are described below are from easiest to hardest.

Squaw Valley hosted 1960 Winter Olympics
Squaw Valley hosted 1960 Winter Olympics
The Village at Squaw Valley
The Village at Squaw Valley
The Village at Squaw Valley offers different shopping and dining options.
The Village at Squaw Valley offers different shopping and dining options.

  • Big Blue is a beginner and intermediate terrain that can be reached from the Aerial Tram OR the Gold Coast Funitel. Gold Coast Express is perfect for Intermediate I skiers or riders while Big Blue is great for Beginner 2 terrain. First timer? Ride the Aerial Tram up to High Camp and ski around lifts Mountain Meadow, Bailey's Beach, and Belmont. Intermediate and advanced terrain + views? Ride the Emigrant to the top and witness the views of Lake Tahoe.
    High Camp in Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley
    High Camp in Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley
    Bailey's Beach lift at Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley
    Bailey's Beach lift at Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley
    Mountain Meadow lift at Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley
    Mountain Meadow lift at Big Blue zone of Squaw Valley

  • Shirley Lake is a Intermediate II only section for people who like steepness with trees on the side in the backside of the resort. Try out the Shirley Bowl or ski down Tomlinsen's, Hill's, Standtiener's, Atkinson's, and Marlliac's. Ride the Big Blue Express to the ridge line and go down the left side of it and choose which trail to go down. The Solitude section is fun as you ski down the Freeway.
    Shirley Lake Express at Shirley Lake zone of Squaw Valley
    Shirley Lake Express at Shirley Lake zone of Squaw Valley
  • Snow King is close to the Resort at Squaw Creek as it is easy to get there by going on the Red Dog, Exhibition, Far East Express, and if you stayed at Squaw Creek, Squaw Creek. Enjoy the incredible Tahoe view it gives you. Intermediate II and Advanced only.
    Red Dog lift at Snow King zone of Squaw Valley
    Red Dog lift at Snow King zone of Squaw Valley
    Exhibition lift at Snow King zone of Squaw Valley
    Exhibition lift at Snow King zone of Squaw Valley

  • Headwall , a Advanced and Intermediate II section, is famous for its Palisades, a short hike up to Squaw Peak from Headwall Express. The longest run in the resort, Mountain Run (3.2 mi) is located here. Enjoy the terrain here, as it is very steep and fast.
  • Silverado is a all Advanced section that is located behind the Tram. The runs here are steep, fast, and groomed. Take Trail 90 down to Silverado or through the Oregon Trail. Or, if you prefer, go down the Land Bridge. If you're lucky on the Land Bridge, you can see the Aerial Tram above you. 
  • The Chief (Granite Chief) is a Advanced terrain ONLY reached by going down the Shirley Lake section and riding the Granite Chief chairlift. The terrain is rough and full of deep snow, but this is one of the most popular places to ski and ride in Squaw Valley.
  • KT-22 (The Mothership) is the world famous Advanced terrain ski zone. From steep glades to treeless bowls, this place is heaven for expert skiers and snowboarders. Just ride the KT-22 up and go see for yourself why this place is called the "mothership".
    KT-22 Express at KT-22 zone of Squaw Valley
    KT-22 Express at KT-22 zone of Squaw Valley

There are two modes of transportation to get to most of the ski zones. One is the Aerial Tram to High Camp, which you have to line up, take an elevator to the platform, then board. Another way is the Funitel, a gondola that goes up to the Gold Coast Lodge.

Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley. It goes to High Camp that is located at Big Blue zone.
Aerial Tram at Squaw Valley. It goes to High Camp that is located at Big Blue zone.
Funitel at Squaw Valley
Funitel at Squaw Valley
Funitel is a gondola that goes up to the Gold Coast Lodge at Squaw Valley
Funitel is a gondola that goes up to the Gold Coast Lodge at Squaw Valley

The California Express, a major gondola project, is proposed to connect Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley as of 2019. The petition is still going on.