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Condo-style rooms and multiple Jacuzzis in a ski-in/ski-out location
The Squaw Valley Lodge isn't a full-service resort but it offers everything needed to enjoy an extended stay, including kitchenettes in the spacious condo-style rooms. Coupled with ski-in/ski-out convenience, the dine-in option makes it easy to be here several days without needing to drive. There's no restaurant at the Lodge, but many restaurants are within easy walking distance at the Village at Squaw Valley, the bustling center of operations for the ski resort. And barbecue grills offer guests another on-site dining option during the summer months (or winter if chefs are willing to bear the cold).
The Lodge is smaller (150 rooms) than many of its nearby competitors, so guests can expect a quieter and more intimate experience than elsewhere. Several amenities -- such as free covered parking, six Jacuzzis, and a heated pool (seasonal) -- help make the Lodge a good value.
With spectacular mountains all around, the Lodge is also popular in summer when hiking and mountain biking become the main forms of recreation. Guests can walk to a nearby trailhead that leads up to Shirley Lake, passing several waterfalls along the way. There's also a pair of tennis courts on-site. The Squaw Valley Lodge isn't the newest property in town, but it remains popular and has a price point competitive with its larger neighbors.
Located 10 miles from Tahoe City and 47 miles from Reno/Tahoe Airport in Squaw Valley
The Squaw Valley Lodge is located 10 miles from Tahoe City in Squaw Valley, between Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Many restaurants and shops are within walking distance at the Village at Squaw Valley.
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 condo-style rooms with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and ski-wax tables
Squaw Valley Lodge offers 150 condominium-style rooms in seven cream-and-gray buildings with elevators and ski storage. All rooms with the exception of standard rooms offer kitchenettes and sofa sleeper beds. Decor is clean and light with framed photos of area scenery, brushed silver lamps, and recessed lighting. Blond wood furniture and large sofas can be found in most rooms, with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings in the larger suites. A folding ski table and ski racks are included with each room.
Ski-in/ski-out access, a heated pool, Jacuzzis, tennis, and more
With an unbeatable location at the foot of Squaw Valley, ski-in/ski-out convenience, free covered parking, and big condo-style rooms with kitchenettes, the upper-to-mid-range Squaw Valley Lodge enjoys a dedicated fan base. The attentive service and informal atmosphere make the Lodge more intimate than nearby megaresorts, though room decor (including old tube TVs) is nothing to get excited about.
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