Squaw Valley

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Ironman Lake Tahoe Canceled Due To Smoke

King Fire Smoke Over Lake Tahoe

Smoke from the King Fire billows across Lake Tahoe. Photo Credit: Steve Ellsworth

This was a really tough year for Ironman athletes. Tough because after months of endurance training they were unable to compete.

Ironman competitors lined up at 6:30am this morning at Kings Beach State Recreation Area where they were turned away last minute. At the eleventh hour race officials made a tough call to cancel the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

On September 13 a fire began in Pollock Pines, California that has since burned 81,000 acres, and still only 10 percent contained. As smoke from the wildfire descended on Lake Tahoe all week, athletes arrived in the area, gearing up for the big race. Ultimately, officials pulled the plug this morning due to unsafe and unhealthy air quality.

Competitors would have swam the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, cycled through Tahoe City, past Squaw Valley, up and over Brockway Summit at 7,200′ elevation, and completed miles upon miles on foot along Truckee River, down to Homewood and back to Squaw Valley for the big finish (right next to Squaw Valley Lodge!).

The heartbreaking turn of events has thousands of athletes defeated, but with the air quality at dangerously poor levels, officials felt this decision was the safest for competitors and spectators alike. With the course taking place at 6,000′+ elevation, Ironman athletes would have needed every bit of oxygen they could get—and this was a risk officials were not willing to take. Sadly, Tahoe with its clean mountain air is generally the perfect place to train and race.

Despite today’s change of events, we have enjoyed serving the Ironman community this weekend at Squaw Valley, and we look to next year with high hopes!


Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley: Drink In The Autumn Season!

Oktoberfest beer steins and Bavarian dancers at Squaw Valley

Grab your stein of beer and enjoy Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley!

This time of year at Lake Tahoe seems to sneak up on us. We’re in the thick of summer and all its glorious events, and in one fell swoop summer suddenly collapses in fall. With the crisp, cooling temperatures and leaves rapidly changing colors, it’s time to ring in the season with Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley on September 27, 2014! Taking down a large stein of beer will get you ready for those long winter nights of cozying up by the fire after an epic powder day on the slopes. Sure winter is on the horizon, but let’s be sure to enjoy fall first!

What to expect at Squaw’s Oktoberfest? All the standard greats: Traditional Bavarian music and folk dances, Benefit Beer Garten, Brats & Kraut, and games from 2-6pm. Your $10 admission includes a specialty glass and first beer (choose wisely). After that it’s only $5 for additional beers in your stein!

Don’t worry, wine is also available if you’re not a beer lover. (We’ll forgive you for that one at Oktoberfest.)

Click here for more info, and be sure to check our site for the Manager’s Special rates during Oktoberfest. No drinking and driving, folks!


Fall Into Autumn Around Lake Tahoe

Autumn Leaves in Truckee

The Truckee River aspens on fire on a cozy, fall day.

Tahoe locals like to talk about the three seasons you’ll find here: winter, summer, and construction. Although it may seem like Mother Nature skips over fall and spring, we’d like to reveal one of Lake Tahoe’s best kept secrets: autumn.

The aspen trees are ablaze in yellow–endless meadows and vistas of orange. The days are still long enough to hit the trails after work. Highway 89 isn’t a parking lot. Local restaurants and grocery stores are not zoos. There is a slight chill in the air, the Tahoe sky is on fire with cotton candy sunsets, and the hopeful anticipation of an epic winter is palpable. The animals are preparing to hunker down while you sip spiced lattes or mulled wine by the fire.

Here are some fun family activities and events to check out in Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee!

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine, September 5-7

Lake Mary Cabin Dinner Series, September 7

“Trattoria” Opening Event for Tahoe Art Haus + Cinema, September 5-6

Ironman Lake Tahoe, September 21

Cadillac Ball, September 27

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley, September 27

Donner Party Hike, October 4-6

Tahoe City Oktoberfest, October 4

Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, October 4

Foothill Farmer’s’ Market: Truckee Location, Tuesdays through October 14

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, October 16

Truckee River Day, October 19

Gatekeeper’s Museum Spooky Ghost Walk, October 31

Remember, this is a great time of year to take advantage of low rates at Squaw Valley Lodge! Let our Reservation Agents help you book your fall respite today.


New Snow and Lodging Deals! January 30, 2014 Storm

Ending a 34 day dry spell, Mother Nature dumped over 10 inches of snow in the Truckee-Tahoe area, Wednesday evening into Friday morning. Today, skiers and snowboarders enjoyed some sunny runs with fresh powder. If you haven’t dusted off your skis or boards and booked a winter getaway yet, now’s the time!

Browse accommodations at Squaw Valley Lodge and book reservations (at our reduced rate, $159/night) here!

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Squaw Valley Lodge Wine Series Reception on January 11

Please join us for a wine reception on Saturday, January 11 at Squaw Valley Lodge from 4:30PM to 6PM.

Truckee River Winery will serve their local and delicious wines. Taste a delicious array of wines and appetizers to wrap up your day of top-to-bottom skiing at Squaw Valley and/or Alpine Meadows. The wine tasting is a gift for Squaw Valley Lodge guests and owners!

Go ahead, treat yourself!

Check out what Truckee River Winery will be serving!

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Powder Day! December 7, 2013 Snowfall

If photos speak a thousand words, than we don’t have to say much. Except there’s two feet of new snow at Squaw Valley! What are you waiting for?

Book our 2-night/3rd-night free special.

Purchase your Tahoe Super Pass before prices go up.

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December Snow: This Week at Squaw Valley

Mother Nature kicked off December right with fresh snow at Squaw Valley on December 3, 2013 — though not a large storm it was just another reminder that winter is here! Time to do your snow dances for an epic year like the winter of 2010/11!

Check out our photos from the storm here!

With really cold temperatures (we’re talking in the negatives!) Squaw did a great job of blowing about 18-24 inches of snow for its base. Talk about cold winter riding out there this week.

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Squaw Valley’s High Camp webcam is also a highlight, where you can watch the daylight take shape at 8,200 feet and get powder stoke from your desk chair. Our favorite is watching the sunset over Squaw: here are a couple snippets from tonight’s winter sunset before the storm!

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As of tonight (December 7) a winter storm warning is in effect until tomorrow morning at 10am PST. The area should receive 1-2 feet of new snowfall. Did someone say powder day? Get ready for more photos coming your way!

If you haven’t purchased your Tahoe Super Pass yet, you have until December 15 to save before prices go up on December 16!


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