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!

Squaw Valley Holiday Events

Squaw Valley Village Christmas TreeAh, winter.

The slopes will be packed before you know it, and there’s nothing quite like the energy of bustling holidays at Squaw Valley … especially if there’s fresh snow. Regardless if it snows or not, adults and kids alike won’t be short on the jolly fun! Whether you prefer kicking back with hot cocoa by the Village fire pits and enjoying complimentary s’mores, bringing your little one to meet Buddy the Bear while ice-skating, or taking a snowshoe tour, the holidays at Lake Tahoe are the best time for Kodak winter moments.

Click on the following resorts for further details.

Squaw Valley Resort

Holidays at Squaw: 12/14/13 to 12/31/13

  • Santa on the Slopes
  • Great Basin Carolers
  • Complimentary S’mores
  • … and much more!

Resort at Squaw Creek

Gingerbread Village Unveiling & Grand Tree Lighting: 11/29, 5-8PM

  • Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Sleigh Rides in porte cochere 4:30-8:30PM

Resort at Squaw Creek

9th Annual Magical Memories: 11/18/13 to 1/4/14

  • Fun with Buddy the Bear on Ice Skating Rink
  • Winter Wonderland stories with Mrs. Claus
  • Snowshoe Tours
  • … and much more!

What’s your favorite holiday activity at Squaw Valley?


Early October Snow at Squaw Valley!

There is nothing better than waking up to fresh powder at Squaw Valley. Locals and visitors alike awoke on Monday, October 28th to 10-14 inches of snow around the Lake Tahoe area. Although no ski resorts were open at the time, it didn’t stop winter-lovers from playing in the snow! We’re looking forward to an epic winter!

Early October Snow 2

Early October Snow 3

Early October Snow 1

What are your predictions for snowfall for the 2013/2014 season? Please leave us your response below! We might even reward the best guess at the end of the season …

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October Snow SVL 2

Check out that mixture of autumn and winter: orange leaves on aspens, heavy with powder!


Squaw Valley Institute 2nd Annual Local Celebrity Golf Tournament

Squaw Creek

Event Location: Resort at Squaw Creek

When:

  • Monday, September 16, 2013
  • 10AM-8PM

Cost:

  • $125/single ticket
  • $400/foursome

It’s not just a day for a round of 18, but your chance to golf with local celebrities, such as Daron Rahlves, Tamara McKinney, Sherry McConkey and many others! It’s a great way to ring in fall (almost), enjoy a lunch and evening cocktail reception, and possibly win a prize from the evening’s auction as well! (Each celebrity brings their own prize to be auctioned … should be good ones, then!)

Click here to purchase your ticket, or save by purchasing a foursome, if you have friends who want to play as well!

All proceeds benefit the Squaw Valley Institute.

Are you a fan of golf tournaments?


Summer at Lake Tahoe: Artist Feature

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

There are some years when we see snow in June, but with temperatures rising into the upper 70′s and low 80′s this week, summer has truly arrived at Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley summer operations open June 14th, and we thought what better way to gear up for the summer season than a little Lake Tahoe eye candy? Since photographs speak a thousand words, we’ll just let the beauty of this region and season speak for itself. 

Alena Grace Photography has kindly shared some of her favorite summer shots, but if you’re itching for more, connect on Facebook, or check out her website! We sat down with landscape photographer, Alena Saporsky, for a local’s take on summer at Lake Tahoe:

1. What is your favorite thing about shooting in the summertime?

I love shooting ALL seasons at Tahoe. Summer provides more daylight for all shooting days, and warmth so you can be out in the early morning or late evening. The beaches’ 99% pure water is magical in summer. I soon plan to purchase an underwater camera and shoot at lake level/underwater images while I am actually in the lake!

2. What locations in the Tahoe region tend to photograph the best, or do your clients like the best?

I have found it funny over the years my favorite images and clients’ favorite images vary greatly. I am not sure why this is–simply preference? My best sellers have been reflection images (where the mountains/trees/etc. reflect in the lake on a glassy lake day), photos of piers, and wildflowers have been great sellers as both prints and greeting cards. Most of my revenue from summertime in Tahoe has been weddings. I photographed a small beach wedding on the South Shore in 2010 and the images turned out lovely–Nevada Beach at sunset did not disappoint!

3. Any tips for visitors who want to capture the beauty of Tahoe, or local spots people must see?

If you are visiting the Tahoe basin this summer and are not familiar with the area, I recommend taking a photo tour with a company such as Tahoe Photographic Tours (tahoephotographictours.com). The locations I recommend would be the top of the fire road above Crystal Bay, Nevada, Sand Harbor or Hidden Beach on the East Shore, Eagle Falls and Emerald Bay, and Shirley Canyon at Olympic Valley. If you’re willing to hike, take the trail at the top of Mount Rose Highway and go half way to the summit. There you will find a gorgeous valley with mountain lupine and a gorgeous waterfall. And if you’re willing to take a drive, Hope Valley, south of South Lake Tahoe, is the rugged side of  the Tahoe basin. Complete with sweeping meadows, the Carson River, and granite peaks; this area does not disappoint!

And as we promised: phenomenal Lake Tahoe region eye candy courtesy of Alena Grace Photography.

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

tahoe city surf (1024x671)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

tahoe city reflection (1024x762)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

spring squaw (683x1024)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

sand harbor pine (683x1024)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

purple sunset (1024x682)

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Summer’s just about here: come and get it! If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, we can help, and save you 30% off your stay! 


Chasing Ice Film Screening at Squaw Valley

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After enjoying a day of sunshine at Squaw Valley, come spend an evening “Chasing Ice” in support of the Squaw Valley Institute. Learn more about the reality of climate change and gain insight on what’s happening with unusual climate shifts (hey–whatever happened to long, powder packed winters?!) from a panel of experts.

Get your tickets today at Alpenglow for only $5, or $10 at the door! Click here for further details.


McConkey Movie: Premier at Tribeca Film Festival


The documentary trailer for McConkey opens with early video of Shane McConkey, “there he is: the man, the myth, not a legend yet–he’s too young.” Today, Shane McConkey has certainly obtained legendary status at Squaw Valley and within the international ski community as a whole. McConkey, a film by MSP Films and Red Bull Media House that examines Shane’s legacy as a pro-athlete, does not officially release until October 2013. However, it recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Read more about McConkey in the words of Ingrid Backstrom: http://bit.ly/15CGhLl

Stay tuned for more details on the kick-off film tour at Squaw Valley this fall.


St. Valentines Day Celebration in the HEART of Squaw Valley

 

Don’t forget to mark that day on your calendar. We’re not talking about Sweetest Day here. This is the one, real, holiday dedicated to love. In case you haven’t heard, it’s called Saint Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, and it found its romantic beginnings in the 15th century, a time when chivalry reigned supreme. It comes as no surprise that the population of Europe increased exponentially during this time. But before you buy two plane tickets to Europe and rent a chariot, why not just honor the occasion by expressing your love to someone special, right in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley. Celebrate the occasion by enjoying a glorious getaway to the mountains of Squaw Valley, overlooking the bright blue waters of Lake Tahoe. With its sunshine filled days, star-studded nights, and crisp mountain air, you will find more than enough reasons to get romantic. From your room at the Squaw Valley Lodge, you will be minutes away from the most famous slopes in the area. Experience some of the most breathtaking views after days spent rejuvenating in a spa massage room, or heating up in a soothing sauna. For more information on Squaw Valley, visit squaw.com.


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