The Resort at Squaw Creek located in Olympic Valley USA, California, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics is a dream year-round destination offering diverse amenities and activities, and is conveniently located 42 miles west of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 200 miles east of San Francisco, and 100 miles east of Sacramento.
Edward and I stayed at the luxurious 405-room and suite ski-in, ski-out Resort at Squaw Creek in late February 2012, when the resort was transformed into a winter wonderland blanketed under a deep layer of pristine snow.
Resort at Squaw Creek
The reception area at the Resort at Squaw Creek was inviting with a fire brightly burning in the immense stone fireplace with intimate and comfortable seating areas to relax and gaze out the wall of the windows overlooking the mountains, chat with friends, read a book or a complimentary newspaper, play a game of chess or a board game at one of the games tables, or use the Business Center.
Inviting Fireplace in Reception Area
From fine dining to casual dining, the resort has a restaurant for every palate including their fine dining restaurant Six Peaks Grille, Cascades, Sweet Potatoes Deli, Chuck Wagon, and Sandy's Pub.
We started each day with a hearty breakfast at the resort's Six Peaks Grille before heading out for a day skiing at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, where a wall of windows overlooking the snow covered mountains provided the perfect backdrop to get us mentally prepared and exhilarated for the day.
Six Peaks Grille
Over the course of our stay we enjoyed the Six Peaks Grille Sierra Breakfast consisting of two eggs any style, breakfast potatoes, toast, and a choice of applewood-smoked bacon, sausage, or ham; fluffy and golden Blueberry Griddle Cakes; Belgian Waffle with fresh strawberries; Cinnamon Dusted French Toast with maple pecan butter, fresh sliced bananas, cinnamon, and powdered sugar, and the Ultimate Fruit Bowl which was a delicious mixture of honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and was served with yogurt.
We also had wonderful dinners at Six Peaks Grille, the resort's fine dining restaurant, where a few of the many highlights of our dinners included Filet Mignon, elegantly presented and paired with asparagus, whipped potatoes, and a rich pool of port wine demi glaze; Wild Salmon paired with asparagus, fingerling potatoes, and a classic béarnaise sauce; Heritage Farm Pork served with wild fruit chutney, bacon potato hash, and bourbon glaze; and Brazini Sea Bass, served with gnocchi, olives, caper berries, and hot house tomato relish.
Six Peaks Grille is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Telephone: +1-530-581-6621
We enjoyed a casual evening dining at Sandy's Pub, a sports bar featuring American pub cuisine where we watched the large screen televisions filled with images of skiing and riding (snowboarding) to excite our sense of adventure.
A few of the highlights of our dinner included Taffy Apple Salad, made with Braeburn apples, taffy glazed almonds, blue cheese, sundried cranberries, and spinach with a roasted shallot vinaigrette; Buffalo Wings with "Joey's" Award Winning Sauce; and "Mac" It Your Way, which was organic aged white cheddar, elbow macaroni, topped with Ritz cracker crumbs.
Taffy Apple Salad
Sandy's Pub is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Hours of operation are typically 11:00 am until 11:00 pm, and until 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday. Food is served until 10:00 pm. Telephone: 1-530-581-6617
As skiers, we appreciated the ease of not having to fly with our ski equipment and rented state-of-the-art new ski equipment at the on-property Squaw Creek Sports where they had professional and knowledgeable staff, complimentary ski lockers and complimentary ski valet service. They also sell lift tickets valid for use at either Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows Ski Resort as the two mountains are now under the same ownership, something which was new for the 2011-2012 ski season.
Edward at Squaw Creek
Especially attractive was the resort's Ski-in/Ski-out facility, where we simply walked down the steps leading from the building of our suite, and skied up to the Squaw Creek chair lift that whisked us away to ski Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Riding the Chair Lift to Squaw Valley
We found the resort's shuttle service to The Village at Squaw Valley to be very convenient. The shuttle provides access to Squaw Valley for those who do not want to ride the Squaw Creek chair lift and ski to The Village, as well as we found the resort shuttle service to the village provides access to the Squaw Valley Ski School, and interesting boutiques and restaurants. We also appreciated the Resort at Squaw Creek's shuttle service to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort providing us with the opportunity to easily ski at both mountains.
The Spa at Squaw Creek was perfect for après-ski massage treatments where our therapists Kim and Sarah worked magic on our tired muscles. The attractive Spa at Squaw Creek features 10 treatment rooms equipped with memory foam treatment beds, a diverse treatment menu, and a salon.
Other Spa amenities which we indulged included their dry saunas and steam rooms, 3 outdoor hot tubs, year-round heated swimming pool, bright and airy fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, welcoming relaxation room called the Sanctuary, and their interesting boutique to help bring the Spa experience home.
Spa at Squaw Creek Outdoor Heated Hot Tubs and Pool
The Spa at Squaw Creek is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Hours may vary according to the season.
Spa at Squaw Creek
Our spacious suite featured an open floor plan with a coat closet that held an iron and ironing board, a well-equipped kitchen with Wolf stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, china, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans, coffeemaker with a selection of coffees and Harney & Sons teas, and a toaster.
There was a wood table with four leather chairs in the dining area, that connected with the living room, which had a bay window overlooking the mountains and the Squaw Creek Chair Lift, a queen-size sleeper sofa, two comfortable arm chairs flanking a round wood table with a large lamp, a gas fireplace that added ambience and warmth, scenic paintings on the walls, a rectangular wood coffee table with an assortment of magazines, and a LCD flat-screen television.
Suite Living Room
The separate bedroom featured a king "Deep Powder" pillow top bed dressed with a plethora of decorative pillows set against the high wood headboard, nightstands on either side of the bed, one of which held a telephone and the other, a Sony Dream Machine, a wood desk with lamp and chair set beside the window, a LCD flat-screen television over the dresser, and a closet equipped with robes.
The spacious slate floor bathroom featured a soaking tub and a walk-in glass shower with two showerheads, a full-length mirror on the wall, a wood vanity and sink with a large mirror and a nice selection of amenities, a vanity mirror, and a hairdryer.
We enjoyed browsing and shopping after a day of skiing at the Resort at Squaw Creek's diverse selection of boutiques including Sweet Potatoes Deli where we were able to take home a taste of the Tahoe area with products from local artisans.
Although we visited in winter when alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, horse-drawn carriage rides, sledding, snowmobiling, skating, and more were all possible, the Resort at Squaw Creek is a year-round vacation destination.
Jonny Moseley and Debra Argen
Summer visitors will appreciate the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, three outdoor swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs, hiking and biking trails, on-site fly fishing, boating, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing on Lake Tahoe, which is North America's largest alpine lake and is the second-deepest lake in the United States, and horseback riding in neighboring Alpine Meadows.
Families traveling with children will appreciate the year-round Resort at Squaw Creek's Mountain BuddiesTM supervised children's program for ages 4-12. Make reservations at least one day ahead for an all day, half day, or evening program.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is conveniently located 42 miles west of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 200 miles east of San Francisco, and 100 miles east of Sacramento.
Resort at Squaw Creek
P.O. Box 3333
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley USA, CA 96146
Toll-Free: +1-800-327-3353 (1-800-3CREEK3)
Read more about the Resort at Squaw Creek in the Destinations, Restaurants: Six Peaks Grille, Restaurants: Rockers at Squaw, Chefs' Recipes, Spas, and Adventures sections.
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