Resort at Squaw Creek
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe
based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 7 nights, based on two adults sharing a deluxe room on a room only basis.
At a Glance
AAA Four-Diamond Resort, located at the base of Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics
Direct access to ski area via resort's exclusive chairlift
Extensive facilities including private ice rink, three outdoor pools and sledging hill
Excellent children's activity programme - Mountain Buddies Kids Kamp
Best time to Visit
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Lake Tahoe is an all-year round destination, but for skiing it is best between December and April when all the ski resorts are open for skiing and snow boarding. Squaw Valley averages around 450 inches of pristine powder each season and more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is a mountain resort hotel located at the base of Squaw Valley ski resort on the west side of Lake Tahoe. With direct ski in/ski out access via the Resort's own chairlift, access to the fantastic skiing could not be easier.
There aren't many places that boast their own ski lift, but The Resort at Squaw Creek is one such place. Each morning, the hotel's exclusive chairlift will whisk you straight up on to the mountain where the world class skiing at the resort of Squaw Valley awaits. As a former host of the Winter Olympics back in 1960, Squaw Valley was built to resemble a European ski resort with everyone's needs catered for both on and off the slopes. The skiing was further extended in 2011 when the resort joined forces with Alpine Meadows resulting in over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain. As a result, the resort averages around 450 inches of snow per year, making it one of the longest seasons in North America.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is essentially a combination of a mountain resort and hotel, with an incredible location at the base of the mountain, with direct access to its own ski lift and surrounded the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains and sapphire blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
With 405 rooms on offer, we would recommend taking a room on one of the top floors to get the very best views of the mountains. The room options are hugely flexible, with plenty of options for families. The staff are hugely friendly and keen to help you get the very best from your holiday. The Resort has a wealth of facilities on-site, including a spa, pools, ice rink, restaurants and shops. Children can be kept entertained in the Mountain Buddies Kids Klub with a great range of activities and dedicated facilities.
Operating as a full service luxury resort, there are 405 luxury accommodation types - half of these are deluxe rooms and half are fireplace suites and penthouses. Every room enjoys magnificent panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains from the large windows.
There are some good room options for families, with a few deluxe rooms connecting to suites or alternatively a two or three bedroom fireplace suite.
All rooms have flat screen tVs, Wi-Fi, fridges, coffee makers and en-suite bathrooms. In addition, the suites have a living room with gas fireplace, queen-sized sofa bed and kitchenettes. The Penthouses have all of the above plus a laundry room with washer/dryer.
You can choose from either a King or a Queen Deluxe room, the principle difference being that the King has one king-sized bed and then Queen has two Queen size beds.
These spacious suites benefit from separate bedrooms and living rooms making them ideal for families. Each bedroom has its own TV and the living room has a gas fireplace and kitchenette. Some suites can inter-connect with Deluxe King or Queen rooms for extra flexibility.
Choose from a one, two or three bedroom suite.
The finest of all the accommodation at the resort, and more like mountain homes than condos, the Penthouses are located on the upper two floors and are split over two levels with the option to take a one, two or three bedroom penthouse. Each penthouse has a kitchenette, living room with gas fireplace and sofabed and laundry facilities.
Mountain Buddies Kids Kamp is available for children aged 4 - 12 years and offers a safe and active place to play at Resort at Squaw Creek. Activities include sledging, ice skating on the Resort's private ice rink, snowshoeing, snowball fights, snowman making and other fun snow activities. Other indoor activities for children include rock climbing on an indoor climbing wall, Lego table, arts & crafts - in fact there is plenty on offer.
You can choose from morning, afternoon or fully day sessions giving parents plenty of time to spend time on the slopes or in the spa. In addition, the evening sessions include dinner and a movie giving parents the option to enjoy a relaxing meal together if they so wish.
There is a children's menu serving a great range of tasty dishes from the all-American mac and cheese to veggie sliders, pizza and hot dogs.
In addition to the wonderful service provided by the team at Resort at Squaw Creek, further services available include babysitting, children's services, concierge and laundry facilities.
As you would imagine, there is a plethora of facilities available at the Resort at Squaw Creek, including several dining options, a spa, health and fitness centre, conference centre and boutique shopping promenade.
When it comes to eating at the resort, there is something for everyone. The Six Peaks Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and specialises in fresh produce, seafood and steaks. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the stunning surroundings as you enjoy the delicious food.
Sandy's Pub is a more informal setting more akin to a sports bar, serving a great range of drink, snacks and casual meals. Sweet Potatoes Deli is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves great coffee, light breakfasts, deli sandwiches, salads and homemade soups. Cascades is the spot for breakfast, feast like a king from the fabulous breakfast buffet and you'll be more than ready for a day on the slopes.
The Spa at Squaw Creek is the largest in north Lake Tahoe offering a full range of spa treatments. There are two outdoor heated swimming pools and a Health and Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art equipment.
The Resort's very own boutique shopping promenade offer anything and everything from jewellery, fine art, designer clothes to sporting equipment, kids clothing and toys.
The winter season at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows extends from the end of November through into May and as a result, on average these two resorts offer more days on the snow than any other Tahoe resort.
Squaw Valley offers a fantastic range of ski terrain which was further extended in 2011, when it joined forces with neighbouring Alpine Meadow resulting in 42 lifts and over 6,000 acres of skiable terrain, covered by a single lift pass. The two resorts are connected by a free shuttle.
There are a host of activities available in addition to skiing, including snowshoeing, sledging, ice skating on the resort's own private rink, dog sledding, swimming and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Jenny James (Staff)
Resort at Squaw is in an ideal skiing location, with its own chairlift taking guests up to the large ski area from the base of the hotel. The hotel itself was built back around the time of the Olympics and is quite a striking property, glass fronted and contemporary, not everyone would agree that its an attractive looking building but it does offer some of the best views of the mountains. It's pretty lakeside location is an ideal place to start the day from, taking you up to the west side of the ski area. The Spa at Squaw Creek is the largest in Lake Tahoe offering a full range of facilities and treatments as well as two heated outdoor pools and fitness centre.
Location & directions
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe
Resort at Squaw Creek is located at the base of Squaw Creek Mountain, just five minutes drive from North Lake Tahoe.
How to get there
10-hour 30-minute flight from London to San Francisco followed by a 4 hour transfer. Or alternatively you can fly from San Francisco on a domestic flight to Reno Lake Tahoe airport. Squaw Valley is 42 miles from Reno.