Resort at Squaw Creek Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California

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Pros

  • Ski-in/ski-out location with lift to Squaw Valley
  • Spacious pool area, 3 Jacuzzis, and 120-foot water slide
  • Exquisite spa with male/female saunas and steam rooms
  • Homey rooms with flat-screen TVs, and some with deep soaking tubs or gas fireplaces
  • Modern, well-lit fitness center
  • 5 on-site dining options
  • Championship golf course, and 2 tennis courts lit for night play
  • Excellent kids' club year-round
  • On-site activities include an ice-skating rink, cross-country skiing terrain, a sledding hill, and snowmobiling
  • Resort-run summer fly fishing, boating, and rafting excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking

Cons

  • Pricey valet parking fee
  • Guests under 18 are not allowed in the fitness center or spa (a pro for some!)

Bottom Line

The Resort at Squaw Creek is one of the biggest resorts in Squaw Valley, with more than 400 rooms and a services and amenity offering that is easily among the most comprehensive in all of Tahoe. Its beautiful location means fine views of the mountains and valley, whether guests are playing golf, swimming, dog-sledding, ice skating, eating at one of the five restaurants, or simply gazing from the spacious rooms. A ski lift transports guests to Squaw Valley for hitting the slopes, and the extensive list of amenities and dining options on-site means guests won't have to venture far from the resort -- in fact, they're like to return year after year just to experience all the property has to offer.

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 Scene

Immense offering of on-site activities draws guests of all ages and types, from families to conference attendees

The Resort at Squaw Creek
The Resort at Squaw Creek

The four-pearl Resort at Squaw Creek offers 405 lovely rooms and a full-service resort set within the stunning surroundings of Squaw Valley. It's a sprawling property with numerous activities for both summer and winter seasons, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, sleigh riding, ice skating, and of course skiing -- with an on-site lift to ferry guests to and from Squaw Valley USA. There's also an 18-hole golf course and two tennis courts on-site.

The hotel's exterior is easily seen from a distance: a tall black-glass building that veers from the typical lodge architecture with a more urban look. Inside, the huge lobby benefits from a stunning view of the mountains and valley. The restaurants also take advantage of the scenery, especially the The Six Peaks Grille and The Chuckwagon. At the far end of the lobby, a row of meeting rooms and ballrooms makes the hotel a popular choice for conferences.

An expansive deck outside offers more views and access to the three pools, waterslide, Jacuzzis, and ice-skating rink. At least one pool remains open in winter, offering guests a chance to swim in a snowstorm. A row of pricey high-end shops leads toward the black tower and its 405 rooms. The large spa offers a complete menu of treatments -- though guests under age 18 are not permitted. There's much more to do here than anyone could accomplish in one visit, which may explain why many guests return again and again.

 Location

Nine miles from Lake Tahoe, in Squaw Valley

The Resort at Squaw Creek is located in Squaw Valley, nine miles west of Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is one of the premier four-season destinations in the country, offering a beautiful combination of clear skies, heavy winter snows, and the blue lake waters backed by the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tahoe is an outdoor-lover's paradise offering activities such as camping, fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, rock-climbing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

With winter snow often measuring 300 to 500 inches annually, the ski resorts at Tahoe are among the most reliable and exciting in the country. Known for steep vertical drops, open bowls, and some challenging terrain (along with family-friendly runs), Tahoe's collection of ski resorts draws thousands each winter. Despite the snowy conditions, the area usually gets more than 300 sunny days a year. But because of the snow, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended here in winter.

Lake Tahoe is divided across California and Nevada, with 70 percent in California. Because of this, Tahoe is generally spoken of as two distinct areas, North and South Lake Tahoe. South Tahoe is known for its gambling (which is legal in Nevada) and nightlife, while North Tahoe is generally quieter with more of a " mountain personality."

When traveling to the area there are some things to keep in mind: The elevation of the lake is more than 6,000 feet, and the ski resorts surrounding the lake have runs that begin at 10,000 feet. Be careful when engaging in physical activity before acclimating, which usually takes a couple days, as the thin air means the body will need to work harder.

Also, black bears have become a persistent problem around Lake Tahoe. They often break into parked cars and empty buildings looking for food, and are even sophisticated enough to recognize coolers and other signs of food by peering into windows. It's best to remove all food, toiletries, and anything else that may stimulate a bear's keen sense of smell from your vehicle while staying overnight at Tahoe. No locked door or window will stand up to a hungry bear looking for free Cheetos or a sandwich.

  • 1-hour drive to the Reno/Tahoe Airport
  • 2-hour drive to Sacramento Airport
  • 15-minute drive to Tahoe City at Lake Tahoe
  • 15-minute drive to Alpine Meadows ski resort
  • 20-minute drive to Truckee
  • 35-minute drive to Incline Village
  • 40-minute drive to Northstar-at-Tahoe resort
  • 50-minute drive to Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe
  • 1-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe

 Rooms

Big, modern rooms, some with deep soaking tubs and great views

The Deluxe Fireplace Suite at the Resort at Squaw Creek
The Deluxe Fireplace Suite at the Resort at Squaw Creek

The Resort at Squaw Creek offers 405 luxurious rooms that were updated during a $53 million renovation. The updates includes stone tile floors, stone fireplaces, granite counters, new furniture and decor, flat-screen TVs, and iPod-docking alarm clocks. Bathrooms are spacious, and some contain deep soaking tubs. Decor is a nice but basic lodge-style, and some rooms (but not all) have beautiful views of the mountain surroundings.

  • Ceramic-tiled bathrooms with granite vanities, and some with deep soaking tubs
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • "Deep Powder" pillow-top beds for the ultimate comfort
  • Dual showerheads
  • Microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges
  • Kitchenettes or full kitchens in some rooms
  • Some rooms have gas fireplaces, balconies, and/or washer/dryer units.

 Features

The most extensive list of on-site amenities in Tahoe

Pool at the Resort at Squaw Creek
Pool at the Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Spacious year-round pool area, with three Jacuzzis, and 120-foot water slide (seasonal)
  • Spa with various treatments, outdoor Jacuzzis, and plunge pool
  • Championship golf course
  • Two tennis courts lit for night play
  • Ski-in/ski-out with lift to Squaw Valley USA
  • Modern, well-lit fitness center
  • Excellent kids' club year round
  • Fun Zone arcade with video games and pinball
  • On-site activities include a private ice-skating rink, 18k of cross-country skiing terrain, a sledding hill, snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and dog-sled tours
  • Resort-run fly fishing, boating, and rafting excursions in the summer
  • Expansive meeting rooms
  • Pricey high-end shops on-site
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
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 Food

A plethora of on-site dining, both inside and out

Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Creek
Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Six Peaks Grille is a fine dining restaurant that serves eclectic cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant features excellent views of the six peaks of Squaw Valley and meadows, and has outdoor dining with a large fire pit.
  • The Chuckwagon is an outdoor barbecue spot during ski season on a stone deck above the pool complex.
  • Sandy's Pub is a bar with a pool table, flat-screen TVs, and an huge big-screen TV. It serves casual food and a children's menu for lunch and dinner.
  • The Ristorante Montagna serves casual Italian cuisine with ingredients from the Napa, Sonoma, and San Joaquin valleys. Open seasonally.
  • The Sweet Potatoes Deli serves salads and sandwiches all day.
  • The Pool Bar serves drinks and light fare in season.

 Bottom Line

The Resort at Squaw Creek is one of the biggest resorts in Squaw Valley, with more than 400 rooms and a services and amenity offering that is easily among the most comprehensive in all of Tahoe. Its beautiful location means fine views of the mountains and valley, whether guests are playing golf, swimming, dog-sledding, ice skating, eating at one of the five restaurants, or simply gazing from the spacious rooms. A ski lift transports guests to Squaw Valley for hitting the slopes, and the extensive list of amenities and dining options on-site means guests won't have to venture far from the resort -- in fact, they're like to return year after year just to experience all the property has to offer.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 405
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe
Address: 400 Squaw Creek Road
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