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last update on 18 Oct 2017
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Mountain Stats

Elevation1,890 m - 2,758 m
SeasonNovember - July
Opening Day17 Nov 2017
Closing Day14 Jul 2018
Capacity 53595 Persons/Hr.


Total 29
Hours09:00 - 16:00

Skiable Terrain

Green Circle
Blue Squared
Black Diamond
Double Diamond
Overall Slope Area 1,456 ha
Number of Slopes 270

Interesting facts

  • Elevated between 1,890 m and 2,758 m, the Ski Resort is among the 5 highest elevated Ski Resorts in California. The vertical drop from summit to base is 869 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 362 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
  • Squaw Valley is among the 3 best rated Ski Resorts in California.
  • Season starts on 17 Nov and ends on 14 Jul (239 days). Average season duration in the USA is 117 days.
  • Average snow depth during the season (17 Nov to 14 Jul) is 355 cm at summit elevation and 106 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during Oktober, offering an average snow depth of 28 cm at summit elevation and 1,447 cm at the base. Therefore Squaw Valley is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in California.
  • Squaw Valley features 160 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 134 sunny days. June is the sunniest month with an average of 30 sunny days.
  • Offering 2,427 ha of slopes and terrain, Squaw Valley is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in the USA.


News 2017/2018 Winter Season

  • High Camp remodel
  • Alpine Meadows Lodge improvements
  • new snowmaking, grooming & snow removal machines
  • Mobile App updates allow users to connect and compete with friends

The Ski Resort

© Trevor Clark / Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley USA is tucked at the end of a Sierra Valley and one of the most famous ski resorts in California. In fact, Squaw Valley USA is legendary! Not only because it was site of the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 but mostly because it offers unequaled opportunities. There is no ski resort quite like Squaw Valley USA! Its vast terrain seems to be endless as it stretches over nothing less than 6 mountains. This means 6 peaks to be conquered, plenty of trails for everyone from novice to expert, scenic gondola rides and, above all, unmeasurable fun! Squaw Valley USA features more than 170 trails. Mountain Run is the longest of them measuring 8.2 km. It is also open for night skiing making Squaw Valley USA the ski resort with most extensive night skiing in the Tahoe region. Yet, not only alpine skiers and snowboarders will enjoy this resort of superlatives. Squaw Valley USA also features two terrain parks with one super pipe that don´t leave any desires unsatisfied. The resort´s staff is dedicated to providing most innovative features for all ability levels. Ford Belmont Park has small-range and mid-range jump lines, funboxes rails, a huge wall ride and much more. Riviera Park offers features for upper level park riders seeking for a challenge. It also features Squaw Valley USA´s superpipe with 5.5 meter walls. Of course, there is also a Snowsports School available. It´s the school´s  aim to recognize each individual´s special needs and unique style. You can choose from a great variety of programs that range from special children´s programs to Advanced Ski Clinics as the Snowsports School understands itself not only as a place for beginners. Advanced skiers and riders have the opportunity to be guided around Squaw Valley´s backcountry. Let an expert instructor show you the secret nooks and stashes! Furthermore, there is also a snowtubing hill available. It´s a blast! Hop on your tube and cruise the white stuff! Yet, that´s still not it. At Squaw Valley  hosts of fun winter activities are waiting for you! Skate on the ice skating rink, go on a snowshoe tour or enjoy a picturesque Cable Car ride!

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

Snowmaking Share
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
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Must-Ski Runs

Most Difficult Runs

Headwall Face
Length: km
Vertical Drop: 535 m

Longest Runs

High Camp - Squaw Valley
Length: km
Vertical Drop: 868 m


Nightskiing possible


Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley
Phone+1 530-583-6985
Fax+1 530-583-7106
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