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Immense offering of on-site activities draws guests of all ages and types, from families to conference attendees
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.
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.
Big, modern rooms, some with deep soaking tubs and great views
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.
The most extensive list of on-site amenities in Tahoe
A plethora of on-site dining, both inside and out
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.