Warren Miller Travel 411: Squaw Valley, CA

Because “awesome terrain attracts awesome people.”

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows used to be rival mountains, but over time they’ve evolved into sister slopes. Now combined, the 3,600 skiable acres are hard to beat. A lot of years, the ski season doesn’t end until May in Tahoe and when it does finally wrap up, the hiking and biking terrain is equally as endless.

Photo: Hank De Vré

What the Pros and Locals say:

“When the snow is falling from the sky and refilling the tracks on every single run, and you’re just bombing through the forest with your friends, it’s by far my favorite conditions for Squaw.” – JT Holmes

“I think I’ve only skied probably 70 to 75 percent of the mountain. There are so many lines and areas I haven’t gotten to. The other thing is that with every snowfall, every year, it resets so often the lines look different. You find stuff you may have thought you skied, and you go back to it, and it’s totally different.” – Jonny Moseley

“Awesome terrain attracts awesome people.” – Zach Fenn

“I’ve ridden this mountain more than any other mountain in the world and I’m still a little kid out there, every day. It’s so invigorating. I see my kids learn something and I get the same high that I got when I first learned that.” – Jeremy Jones

“My home, my teacher, my church, and my friend. That’s Squaw Valley.” – Jeremy Jones

Lodging: Stay slopeside at the Village at Squaw Valley for easy access to some of the best runs in the country.

Getting There: Fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, just over 40 miles from the resort. Or, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sacramento. 

Don’t Miss: Top expert terrain, including that off the KT-22 lift. There you’ll be deep in black diamond territory, surrounded by chutes, moguls, cliffs and more. It’s a guaranteed adrenaline rush for all who dare to venture there. 

Hurry Up! Get there this season and catch top-notch musicians at the annual Winter Wondergrass Music Festival in Tahoe March 31 through April 2, 2017. Get your tickets now!

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