Resort at Squaw Creek – Destination Hotels & Resorts
What We Love
- Activities include ski-in/ski-out mountain access in the winter and hiking in the summer
- Heated outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs open year-round
- Large spa with 10 treatment rooms
- The family-friendly resort has a kids club and a golf course for children
What To Know
- A free shuttle takes guests to the base of Squaw Valley USA during the ski season
- Ski season generally starts in late November and goes into April
- A resort fee of $25 (plus tax) per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A year-round destination, Resort at Squaw Creek brings an elegant vibe to Tahoe. It’s an ideal base when the epic Sierra Nevada winters set in and skiers and snowboarders flock to Squaw Valley’s world-famous slopes. And it transitions seamlessly into sunny summers for mountain adventures and golf getaways at the championship course. Its funky wooden entryway, which has signs for the 1960 Olympic Village still intact, as well as historical plaques and photos throughout, all nod to this mountain town’s roots.
Bed & Bath
The resort’s 405 guestrooms and suites have a relaxed vibe, done up in natural woods and earth tones. All rooms have either views of the Sierra Nevada range or verdant meadows; Fireplace Forest View Suites are fitted with a gas fireplace, kitchen (with dishwasher), ceramic-tiled bathroom and flat-screen TVs. But with all the activities on hand, a stay here is not about the indoors. It’s about proximity. And here, you get ski-in/ski-out access in the winter and great golf and hiking come summer.
Open late spring through mid-October, the Resort at Squaw Creek’s 18-hole championship golf course offers gorgeous views, and family tees are available 150 yards from the green for kids who want to play with their parents. The resort also has a year-round kids program, Mountain Buddies, for children four to 12. Activities include nature hikes, tennis, snowshoeing and sledding. The panoramic mountain views at Six Peaks Grille (our favorite of the five on-site restaurants) rival the fresh food, and its outdoor seating area is warmed with heaters and a firepit in the winter. The heated pool makes it easy to swim in any weather, and the hot tub is within safe sprinting distance. The spa can nurse your skin back into shape after a few days in the great outdoors; book the Yonka Hydrating Facial and return home with an all-natural glow.
In the Area
Squaw Valley’s superb slopes are stretched over five peaks, with sprawling views of North Lake Tahoe. Take off on one of the countless trails that wind down to the main base and quaint town center, or in the summer, drive 15 minutes to pristine Lake Tahoe for all things aquatic: swimming, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and more. Those looking to relax can get a fresh, made-to-order smoothie at Mountain Nectar in the pedestrian village. Or, take the aerial tram up to High Camp on the weekends for a delicious dinner and 360-degree views of the pine-dotted range from the mountaintop pool. PlumpJack Cafe & Bar is an oenophile’s oasis thanks to an impressive cellar stocked with many hard-to-find California vintages.
How to Get There
I’ve always been a huge fan of this resort and rank it up there with my other top fav’s (Cheeca, LaQuinta, etc). Beautiful views, location, great rooms, amenities and the rest. A trip there is something we look forward to.
Until this last time.
While the actual resort is still awesome (albeit showing its age), the service has slid right off into the gutter. I think in the three days we were there not a single thing went right. This ranged from housekeeping issues to servers screwing up orders (repeatedly) to staff unclear on using the cash registers or basic functions.
It’s really clear this place has staffing/turnover issues and one person told me “everyone here is new and we can’t get help”. This is nothing new to the seasonal resort gig but it’s clearly impacting the level of service. Part of the problem is these resorts are now bringing over interns on J1 VISA’s that have zero customer service experience. That’s all fine but when I’m at +4 star property, I would prefer that it not be “training day” every time I order something.
I’m really hoping they get this situation straightened out as it’s a truly fine property.
My wife and I escaped to the resort at Squaw Valley. It was a perfect stay. The staff was excellent, the room was great and we had a great time. Located a few miles outside of Lake Tahoe. We will be back.
What should have been great was just "ok". Self parking was a hike from the lobby. Rooms were another hike from the lobby. Many of the stairs were out of service for repairs (not a big deal, just FYI).
Attended a wedding that was well executed, but the serving staff during dinner were not experience, or were tired, or...just not that impressed.
Room was expensive for September $330/night, but had a small kitchenette which would be nice if you were staying longer.
What was really a surprise was the note under our door suggesting checkout before 10am as the electricity would be out for much of the day...so no elevators, no dining, no checkout receipts, etc. Definitely changed our plans for the day since we were on the 9th floor. And, no discount, credit, or refund for that.
Asked the valet if I could leave my car in the circle for 15 mins while I went to carry my sick kid to the car (I had self parked and the walk with her in my arms was too far). Would have thought I asked for the moon to be delivered. Felt obligated to tip him for just leaving my car in 1 place for 15 mins.