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Squaw Valley USA Reviews

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SquawBrat

The Downhill Slide Continues

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Pros: Best Chair (KT) in North America

Cons: Worst Management in North America

Skiing here is really extreme; it has "extremely" good terrain if your an expert or beginner (not so much for intermediates), but the mountain experience can be "extremely" bad many days. I've been skiing here since 1972 and have seen the highs and lows. Right now it is the lows with an ownership/management team that sucks you into buying a pass then doesn't run lifts and seems to use the first excuse possible to lay off staff and shut down terrain (and no, I don't and have never worked there).  The mountain has great terrain, but you realize after spending time at other big mountains such as Mammoth, Alta and Jackson just how poorly this place is run. Squaw survives on its expert...
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andiforker

Best in Tahoe

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Pros: GREAT mountain, Close to 80/The Summit, Diversity of terrain, Awesome village at bottom of mountain

Cons: None

I have skied all of the mountains in Tahoe over the past 25 years and I never tire of Squaw. It has  terrain that challenges the very advanced skiers--that's a given. But what I really love about it is that it has a TON of challenging terrain for the intermediate - advanced skier, which is where most skiers classify, myself included.  I was at Squaw last weekend in the middle of a big storm. It was raining at the bottom of the mountain, but sure enough when I got off the gondola mid-mountain, it was pure snow. At the top it was a literal white out. That weekend I did some of the best skiing of my life in knee-high powder. The wind was pelting us on the front sie of the mountain, but on...
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veteran

Reno-Squaw shuttle $45 one way

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Pros: easy peasy

Cons: none

The North Lake Tahoe Express shuttle from Reno Tahoe Airport to Squaw are excellent. After a very long trip from half a world away and a bit to drink in LA, I landed at Reno Airport at 6pm, was on the shuttle at 7pm (last ride for the day) to Squaw and it was $45. The guy even came outside to tell me the shuttle arrived. It was just so easy. I can highly recommend it. 
Dan Gill

Went with a big group - all were satisfied

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Pros: Lots of runs to progress on

Cons: gets over-crowded

I had only skied once in my life (I was 10), then skied at Squaw as a beginner when I was 24. It's a completely reasonable drive from San Francisco. I got a lesson in the morning on some bunnies, then ended up skiing blue greens for the rest of the day after that.  There are a ton of blue and green runs so I was thoroughly entertained, but the mountain is so huge that the very advanced skiers I was with just did their own thing all day and had a blast as well.  I have been back since, still an intermediate, and messed around the terrain park a bit, but I don't know enough about terrain parks to leave a review for that. I'll definitely hit Squaw again.
alexzn

Tahoe legend

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Pros: Legendary terrain, big mountain, nice views...

Cons: Need to be an expert to really enjoy it

Squaw's reputation is built on its expert terrain and for a good reason- if you ski Squaw, you can ski anywhere.  The mountian is huge and has tons of nooks and crannies that you learn only in several years of skiing there (and then yuo keep discovering new places long time after that).  Snow is Sierra sticky cement, which makes a lot of very steep runs actually skiable, which is one of the reasons why Squaw is a magnet for ski stars.  On a sunny powder day the mountian looks like a Warren Miller movie- skiers ripping huge air and huge turns everywhere (on a second thought, some of those guys ARE in the Warren Miller movies, so no wonder).  On the other side of the spectrum, the bunny...
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lola

great mountain

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Pros: amazing terrain

Cons: not much of a town around it

this is a great mountain.  it's so huge -- feels like the biggest in tahoe, to me -- so it's got almost any type of terrain imaginable.  it particularly has a lot of runs for the intermediate/advanced (myself included).  feels like you could ski all day and never repeat a run. only drawback is that there isn't much of a town around it, so if you make a trip out to tahoe you're likely going to stay at least a bit of a drive from the mountain.  last time we hit up squaw, we stayed a 15 min drive away (which feels like an eternity if you're a spoiled californian and are used to skiing mammoth, where there is lodging abound within a short shuttle ride away).  but i can live with the...
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Rich Larow

An amazing Mountain and skiing experience

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Pros: Snow amounts, Sun, huge chutes, the best above tree line skiing ive done anywhere

Cons: Not 1 single complaint

This mountain was perfect for me, i finally found a place where i could unwind, and be a skier to the fullest extent. I was invited to come and play at Squaw by a couple friends. When i got to the lift, i met up with 5 people from Stowe, who i had no idea were there. They knew where all the good stuff was. All i can say is if Shane Mconkey was still around, he'd admit that i found the largest jump on that mountain, he sat and watched. Theres something to be said about KT22 and Broken Arrow and Granite Chief in general. The best of anywhere id been out west, still. I was lucky enough to ski granite chief as they blasted the avalanche zones after a 5 day, 10+ feet snowfall. Theres nothing...
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DanLassen

Mother Church of the Sierra

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Pros: History, steeps, variety, lift network

Cons: 140 miles away

I first skied Squaw in 1962 and haven't been there since 1989, but the season pass prices have gotten ridiculously cheap.  Prohibitively expensive by the day, it has now become a bargain if one commits to a season.  $429 for a Bronze pass, blacked out between Christmas and New Years, MLK and Presidents weekends, and Saturdays in Jan-Feb.  I DO NOT want to be anywhere near the place at those crowded times, and that limited pass costs just a bit more than four days at the daily rate.  Insane.   It is the Mother Church of the High Sierra ski resorts, hands down.  Heavenly and Mammoth may have big numbers, but Squaw has what is to me the perfect bunch of...
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jadedj

Massive Place

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Pros: Lots of terrain

Cons: Getting anywhere

I've skied here many times and for the money, I'd go next door to Alpine, just less pretension, less crowds, more skiing. 
ExWanabe

Best terrain in CA

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Pros: Huge area, challenge and variety of terrain

Cons: Naviating across can take a few lifts

Squaw Valley is a huge resort with many different areas and terrain ranging from heart-stopping steeps to friendly intermediates and green slopes.  Skiers of all levels will find some part of the mountain they love.  Expert terrain includes bowl skiing, trees and cliffs.  Navigating the resort takes some getting used to, and there are many hidden areas for advanced and expert skiing.  The hot pool on top of the cable-car building is a great way to end the day, soaking with great views.  If you miss the last cable car down the mountain you have to ski down home run which can get a little crowded and dangerous with tired skiers.  Advanced skiers can bypass...
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