Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek rests at the base of Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and just minutes from California's North Lake Tahoe. This AAA Four-Diamond ski-in, ski-out property is situated on 650 pristine acres in Squaw Valley. A dramatic lobby, with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooks a cascading waterfall and the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains.

The land that Resort at Squaw Creek sits on was previously owned by Wayne and Sandy Poulsen, who worked with Alex Cushing to develop Squaw Valley USA into the ski resort that was thrust into the international scene in 1960. The Poulsen's lived in the valley with their family and would often ski the peaks surrounding the meadow. KT 22, a famous peak at Squaw Valley, derived its name from Sandy Poulsen. One day, while skiing the peak, before any lifts existed, Wayne counted 22 kick turns that Sandy made an she skied the steep slope. Hence, the name was born, and the peak, which is now lift served, contains some of the best skiing in North America. The pub at Resort at Squaw Creek is named after Sandy, and in the pub's entrance, guests can find many images of the Poulsen family in the early "pioneering" days of the valley. Adjacent to the historic black and white photos, sits the "Wall of Fame." The "Wall" features pictures of many of the most famous skiers from Squaw Valley, from Scot Schmidt of Warren Miller movie fame to the late Shane McConkey to World Cup champion Tamara McKinney to two-time Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke.

Squaw Valley USA has been the site of numerous skiing and snowboarding films, and Squaw Valley continues to produce top level Olympians, including Vancouver 2010 medal winners Shannon Bahrke (moguls) and Julia Mancuso (alpine). The valley is home to approximately 1,000 residents.

During the 1960 Winter Olympics, the land that is now the resort's golf course, served as the parking lot for the games. A picture from those Olympics is included in the gallery.

Year-round, Resort at Squaw Creek is the site of many events, including Squaw Valley Institute programs, bringing both local and world-renowned speakers, such as author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns), to Squaw Valley.

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Latitude: 39.197933 Longitude: -120.218363 Elevation: 6237 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

The Ward-Young Architects-designed resort, with its smoked glass lodging tower that reflects the scenic alpine surroundings, offers multi-level grounds reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. The 405 luxurious resort rooms and suites, complete with resort-style kitchens, fireplaces and LCD flat-screen TVs, offer either forest views or stunning valley views. During the summer months guests find an on-property fly fishing center with private stocked ponds, which serve as an excellent training ground. During the winter months, the resort offers an on-site cross-country ski center, ice-skating rink, dog sled tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, heated swimming pools and hot tubs. During the summer the pool complex features a water slide that is popular with all ages. Scenic hiking and biking trails are out the door. In addition, the resort offers numerous dining options, a full-service spa, Mountain Buddies children's program and a shopping promenade. The resort also features 33,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space.

And if that's not enough, we also feature our own shopping promenade, four distinct restaurants as well as other dining venues, extensive meeting and wedding facilities, a full-service spa, a complete health and fitness center, and Mountain BuddiesTM, a comprehensive children's program.

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Recreational Opportunities

During the winter guests can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and horse-drawn sleigh rides from the property. During the summer, the resort offers guided hikes, mountain biking, tennis, fly fishing, and swimming. The property is also home to an Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed golf course that is Audubon Certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary; it's one of the most eco-friendly courses in North America.

Nearby activities include river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, scuba diving, sailing, power boating, kite boarding and wind surfing.

Rate Range

$179 - $2,700

Driving Directions

Located 42 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 90 miles from Sacramento International Airport, and 180 miles from San Francisco, the resort is accessible via all-weather Interstate 80. From Interstate 80 exit on highway 89 South. Travel approximately 8 miles to Squaw Valley road. Turn right and follow approximately 1/2 mile to Squaw Creek Road. Turn left and follow to the end of the road. The resort is located at 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, California.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Destination Earth, a series of eco-friendly initiatives, guides the operations of this resort. In addition, the resort features an Audubon-certified golf course.

Pet Friendly Notes

The resort is currently not pet friendly.

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