Located in one of Squaw Valley's earliest homes, they have Swiss cheese fondue during happy hour.
A mix of Mediterranean and California-inspired food, Graham’s has been serving Squaw Valley in the historic Paulsen home—the original Squaw Valley family, who moved there in the 1930’s— for 20 years. Stop in around 4 p.m for their après-ski Swiss cheese fondue and choose from their 700-bottle wine list. In the winter, they’re open everyday, but if you’re in Squaw during the summer you can still catch them from Wednesday to Sunday. Squaw Valley, California | 530.581.0454 | dinewine.com
Check out this on-mountain restaurant for unique apres-ski options.
This on-mountain restaurant focuses on New American cuisine served on small plates, as well as large entrées and a substantial wine list. At the end of the day, head down for their daily food and drink special, and share a social plate with your ski crew. Try the Tower 16 Tuna: a triple-decker of crisp-friend won tons, fresh ahi, mango, and avocado with wasabi cream sauce alongside a Sunrise Mojito. Squaw Valley, California |530.584.6170 | squaw.com
Nestled among towering pine trees, Evan’s has a home-y, cozy feeling. Try the grilled filet of beef with foie gras butter and syrah reduction, served with white cheddar gratin potatoes and broccolini. An extensive wine and dessert menu complete the gourmet experience. Call for reservations: 530-542-1990.
This fine dining restaurant on the 19th floor of Harvey's offers exquisite American cuisine and spectacular lake views.
Stunning views of the lake and multi-course meals deliver a truly enjoyable fine dining experience. Try the Fresh Chilean Sea Bass with a delicious side of creamy Risotto. Call 775-586-6777 for reservations.
Stop in for lunch, and be surprised at the better-than-cafeteria food.
This on mountain restaurant was completely renvoated in 2009. The new menu consists of Asian stir-fry bowls, fresh salads, soups and bread bowls, pizza, and Squaw's famous Kobe beef burgers. Try the Orange Chicken Asian Stir-fry Bowl and stop by the bar for a two-dollar Coors Light before heading back to the slopes.
from $139 per room, per night
Described as a “rustic Zen Oasis,” 968 brings an entirely different experience to the table by being a truly green hotel. Not only do its operations hinge on energy efficiency (low-flow toilets, organic spa products, and organic linens), its very walls are eco-friendly, too. The building was created from 100% natural and sustainable materials, and uses recycled-paper wall coverings and energy-saving windows. It doesn’t hurt that the hotel also has a heated pool, Jacuzzi, and spa with a sauna. Oh, and the infamous casinos of Southern Nevada are nearby, too.
Receive a world-class massage from the specialists in the 968 Park Hotel spa (in a Leeds certified green building). Try the Skier Massage- for $100, you’ll get a head-to-toe treatment that focuses on sore areas and improves flexibility. Vegan and organic lotions, an indoor Jacuzzi, and dry sauna complete the experience. Book your service when you reserve your room, or call (877) 544-0968 to make a reservation; 968ParkHotel.com.
Ski-in to enjoy a relaxing massage after a long day on the hill.
In the winter, the spa offers a number of packages including their most popular treatments: the Olympic Sports Massage and the Tahoe Hot Stone Massage. After a long day on the slopes, you can ski-in to this spa located at the Resort at Squaw Creek. They also have a health and fitness center where you can soak in one of the outdoor whirlpools or relax in one of the steam rooms after your spa treatment.
The resort's serene spa and fitness center is a singular presence in the Eastern Sierra, offering more than 40 body treatments, whirlpools, steam rooms, a juice bar, a full-service salon, a serious fitness center and a 60-foot indoor lap pool in a solarium. If natural waters are more your style, Double Eagle also has access to private fishing claims, jumping with trophy-sized trout. 760-648-7004; www.double-eagle-resort.com.
After skiing at Northstar-at-Tahoe or Alpine Meadows save your appetite for sushi at Dragonfly, where the menu blends Japanese, Thai and Indian influences. This is Asian fusion at its best. Try the plantain-and-panko-encrusted basa fish with a little sake.
Baxter's is run by Mark Estee and JJ Morgan, the owners of the popular Truckee-based Moody’s Bistro Lounge. They serve up food that focuses on hyper-regional ingredients. “This type of cooking requires more legwork, but it’s healthier and it feels better,” says chef Estee, who serves regional duck, grass-fed beef and seasonal produce. “You get what’s being harvested now.”