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Squaw Valley

Every time I ski Squaw, I bump into the same people on the KT Express chair. I never have to wait long to find diehard ski buddies who begin, spend and end each winter day lapping this one lift and its expert terrain. But a good day at Squaw for CEO emeritus Nancy Wendt Cushing—who just passed the reins of this brawny and historic mountain to someone outside the Cushing clan—involves covering a lot more ground on skis. It’s an easy thing to do: While this California classic may be best known for its signature steeps, Squaw’s six summits offer abundant options for literally all levels of skiers.

“Follow the sun,” Cushing advises with a knowing smile. She likes to start by zooming up the Funitel (a key component in a lift network capable of moving more bodies uphill per hour than any other ski area in the U.S.), then warming up on the easy, open meadow at the summit. From there she heads to the broad, rolling boulevards of forested Shirley Lake—a sunny day favorite with intermediates and families.

Back at the top, breeze down the sinuous folds of Silverado, a favorite hidden stash for Squaw skiers in the know. Each run gets more challenging. Next, angle down Headwall’s steeps then swing through the bumps of Sun Bowl. Nancy does it all wearing a ball cap, sunglasses and a happy look. With Squaw’s new efforts to improve the on- and off-hill customer experience, you and your family will have the same happy grin—even if you don’t meet your buddies at the KT chair. —S.R.

What’s New: Finally: Olympic House gets a renovation; new family features include a kids’ fun zone and trail map, and upgrades at the Children’s Center; new lighting will keep the terrain park open at night.

Mandatory Run: Did we mention KT Express? Easy way down: The Saddle.

Don’t Miss: High Camp, and its grab bag of non-ski diversions with lake views.

G.N.A.R. The Movie

Has the sport of skiing become to serious? A crew of rowdy skiers in Squaw, Mammoth, Kirkwood and Snowbird find out.

Last March, Dr. Rob Gaffney manipulated 20 innocent freeriders into playing Shane McConkey's highly inappropriate game of G.N.A.R. (Gaffney's Numerical Assessment of Radness) for a 25,000, winner-takes-all prize. The result was utter debauchery slathered all over Squaw, Mammoth, Kirkwood, Snowbird, and every road in between. Has skiing become too serious? G.N.A.R. says yes and kicks skiing's seriousness in the balls. Here's the trailer.

Village at Squaw Valley USA

Village at Squaw Valley USA
Village at Squaw Valley USA
The village at Squaw Valley has restaurants, shops, a spa, and a variety of suite-style accommodations.

This slope side, suite-style hotel has accommodations that range from single hotel rooms to three-bedroom condos. The Village has shops, restaurants, and a range of events and activities in both the summer and the winter. Stop into the Trilogy spa after a day on the slopes, and hit the Lava Lounge for a glass of wine and mini-treatments before heading back to your room. The resort also offers ski and stay packages each winter.
Squaw Valley, California | 866.818.6963 | thevillageatsquaw.com

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