AAA Four Diamond resort near Lake Tahoe features skiing, on-site spa, and award-winning dining options
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Property at a Glance: Resort at Squaw Creek
Step outside at Resort at Squaw Creek and you’ll find yourself in the midst of Tahoe National Forest. The AAA Four Diamond resort offers outdoor activities including hiking, biking, ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley, cross-country skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling amidst scenic surroundings. You can rent bikes and skis and snowboards on site and hike miles of trails. Resort at Squaw Creek is just five miles from Lake Tahoe, an outdoor lover’s paradise complete with paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, and swimming. The resort has five on-site restaurants as well as additional dining and nightlife in the Tahoe Truckee area.
- Warm waters: Guests can splash in the outdoor heated pools and hot tubs all year round or do a beach day at Lake Tahoe.
- Bike and Hike: Rent bikes at the resort and ride the bike path that runs along the Truckee River to Tahoe City, or hike one of the many trails around the resort.
- Play in the snow: Olympic Valley offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating.
- A room with a view: Fireplace suites have picture windows overlooking Tahoe National Forest or Aquaw Valley and feature amenities such as a pillow-top bed, flat-screen TV, and a gas fireplace.
North Lake Tahoe, California: Ski Haven, Historic Sites, and Year-Round Outdoor Activities
The 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line. But for locals, the real division comes down to the North Shore versus the South Shore. The big-ticket nightlife is down below, including major casinos with live bands and standup comics. In the winter, the north side reigns with one of North America’s largest concentrations of ski resorts. Most of the action is split between two of them. Squaw Valley has 3,600 acres of skiable terrain spread across six Sierra Nevada peaks. Some prefer the more low-key atmosphere of Alpine Meadows, which has about two-thirds the acreage but a little more elbowroom.
Many of the resorts stay open year-round, with hiking as a popular summertime activity. The Village at Squaw Valley, designed to look like a European Alpine town, has a variety of shops and galleries as well as a sports museum. You can get in free with a cable-car ride and tour the collection of memorabilia and historic news clips. Crowds gather for North Lake Tahoe’s special events, which range from wine and food festivals to rock concerts.