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.