I went to Squaw Valley on Feb 16. We were planning to start about 9:30. We arrived at the Squaw Valley turnoff off of Highway 89 at about 9:15. It was bumper to bumper from Tahoe City North to the turnoff, we came from Truckee and buzzed right to the turnoff. We did not make the turn as we decided to wait until half day to avoid the traffic.We went to Tahoe City and goofed off for 2.5 hours. We started to head North on 89 from Tahoe City at about 11:10, we got about a mile north where we again ran into bumper to bumper traffic, I don't do traffic well, we returned to Tahoe City. At about 1150 we headed north once again. We drove straight to Squaw Valley traffic free and we parked about 100 feet from the Eastern? Express! Half day went on sale at 1230 so we had twenty minutes to get ready.
As we had expected we skied KT-22, Headwall, Big Red, and Squaw Creek all afternoon with little more than a 3-minute wait. People said there were lines at Shirley Lake, Granite Chief, and the runs out of Gold Coast. I've never seen a mountain move so many people so well as the lower lifts at Squaw Valley.
You either have to be there before 0900 or at half day to avoid the traffic. Leaving is another ordeal unless you leave before 4:00. We were on the road at 4:PM at I was at my house in Reno in 48 minutes.
I went to Alpine Mdws on the Sunday of Martin Luther weekend and we were in the parking lot at 0855, we never saw any traffic.