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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.

Ultimate Guide to Tahoe: Essay

Ultimate Guide to Tahoe: Essay
Squaw Valley: Essay
With some 24,000 acres of lift-serviced terrain, 160 lifts and 15 ski areas overall, the Tahoe Basin is the stuff that skiers' dreams are made of.

This article appeared in the December 2009 issue of SKI.

[ Mon, 2009-09-28 16:09 ]
KT-22 Express at Squaw Valley USA
We all ride them, but which are the tops in views, speed, vert and elevation? Here's one list. Do you agree?

All chairlifts are not created equal. Some fly you to the summit before you've had a chance to rest your burning quads. Others reveal such epic views you wouldn't care if you ever got to the top. A few have some serious historical cred—you feel part of an exclusive club just riding on them. Chairlifts may be the mechanics that make our turns possible, but they're also a crucial part of the ski experience. Can they be rated, quantified? Good question.

Bear Naked Freebies at Tahoe Resorts

Bear Naked Foods will be giving away free samples of their all-natural granola and trail mixes at various Tahoe resorts this March.



LAKE TAHOE, CA - March 12, 2009 - Bear Naked, the natural foods innovator and maker of all-natural granolas and trail mixes, will be setting up tents at Tahoe ski resorts throughout the remainder of March to give skiers, snowboarders and local residents a chance to try free samples of Bear Naked foods:

- March 14-15, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe

- March 21-22, Squaw Valley

- March 28-29, Alpine Meadows

Spring Skiing Deals Near You

Join the students around the country and head to the nearest hill. There are deals to score and events to see all over the country in March, but you have to check here to see them.

Squaw Valley's the hot spot for spring with the highest swimming pool in California.



Deals around North America


Slopes on Sale

Winter's Basecamp: Reno-Tahoe

Highest Concentration of Ski Resorts and All Within Reach

RENO, Nev. With an abundance of deals and transportation options, Reno-Tahoe is one of the most convenient and cost effective winter escapes. Aptly coined America’s Adventure Place, the region is home to the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, which, coupled with gaming and a lively entertainment scene, makes this High Sierra ski destination this winter’s hottest ticket.


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