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Squaw Valley — Squaw Valley is nestled in the mountains eight miles northwest of Lake Tahoe, and is thought by many to be the birthplace of extreme skiing. Known for its challenging terrain (cliffs, chutes, and straight-drop pitches), this area first attracted acclaim by hosting the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.  Squaw boasts 4,000 acres of skiing terrain serviced by over 30 chairlifts and an average of 300 days of sunny weather.  The area is often called “Squallywood” in reference to the many ski movies, magazine covers and ads that have been shot in Squaw Valley. Our Squaw Valley Travel Guide covers the best of the winter-sports haven.

Why Go

For consistent deep powder and views of startlingly blue Lake Tahoe waters in the free riding capital of the U.S.

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December 21, 2012 by Blane Bachelor

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