Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe, Ca)

Squaw Vally Trail Map, click to expand.

I visited Squaw Valley (host of the 1960 Winter Olympics Game) on March 2, 2013.

 

Squaw Valley Factoids;

Vertical 2,850 ft (870 m)
Top elevation 9,050 ft (2,760 m)
Base elevation 6,200 ft (1,890 m)
Skiable area 4,000 acres (16.2 km2)
Runs 177+
: 15% beginner
: 35% intermediate
: 50% advanced
Longest run 3.2 miles (5.1 km)
Mountain Run
Lift system 30 (7 High Speed)

Snow coverage was not great due to the drought.  Some lifts/runs were closed due to lack of snow.

View from top of Snow King looking toward Gold Coast Area and Emigrant Peak.

I had very high expectations as I’d never skied here before. I was disappointed.  Part of my disappointment was that the snow was thin due to the drought.  The problem was that for many lifts on the main mountain all the runs feed into the same run that goes from the upper area to the base.  This puts skiers of all abilities on the same run.  The place was crowded and I was spending a lot of time avoiding people skiing beyond their ability.

I did find good skiing on the backside (Shirley Lake Express,  Granite Lake and Solitude) and the black diamond runs really are black diamond.

After grabing a quick lunch I decided to go over to Alpine Meadows as the lift ticket covers both places.

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