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Squaw-Valley is a sprawling mountain village in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California that evolved as a direct consequence of hosting the 1960 Olympics (and not to be confused with the town of Squaw Valley further south near the city of Fresno.) The Reno Tahoe International Airport is 42 miles away, and Squaw Valley is just 6 miles from the north shore of Lake Tahoe and 8 miles to the mountain town of Truckee. There are several services and shops in the village, along with an assortment of restaurants and cafes. Of course, Squaw Valley is most well known for being the home of a championship ski resort with 4,000 acres of world famous terrain. Squaw Valley USA is situated at the end of a spectacular alpine valley cradled by six High Sierra peaks, and has become one of the most visited winter sports destinations in the country. Squaw Valley offers miles of groomed trails; some of the most advanced lift network in the U.S, including North America's only Funitel and an aerial cable car. It has 2,850 vertical feet of terrain, and sunshine every 3 days out of 4 (which is remarkable considering Squaw Valley receives some of the deepest snow in the world.) Of course, there is more to do in the area than skiing. South Lake Tahoe is only a few miles away and offers much to do, such as a night of gambling and entertainment. It is rare to find an area that is so full of natural beauty, outdoor activities, history and entertainment all within a few miles. Squaw Valley is approximately 96 miles north of Sacramento, and 196 miles from San Francisco along all-weather Interstate 80.

Surrounding areas: Olympic Valley, California (1.5 mi), Alpine Meadows, California (1.6 mi), Tahoe City, California (5.2 mi), Tahoe Park, California (5.5 mi), Northstar, California (5.6 mi), Dollar Point, California (6.9 mi), Tahoe Pines, California (7.6 mi)

Squaw Valley Vacation Rentals

Squaw Valley Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA1.0 mi.(530) 583-6300
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA1.5 mi.(530) 583-1576
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA5.2 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA5.2 mi.(916) 583-3766
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA5.6 mi.(530) 583-7200
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA8.0 mi.(530) 546-3133
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA8.3 mi.(530) 587-8888
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA8.9 mi.(530) 587-3773
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA9.1 mi.(530) 233-4111
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA9.1 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA9.1 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA9.1 mi.(530) 582-1073
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA10.7 mi.(916) 525-4411
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV12.1 mi.(775) 832-4000
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV14.1 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV14.1 mi.(775) 831-1052
Rodeway Inn4127 Pine BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.4 mi.(530) 541-7150
Caesar's Tahoe55 Hwy 50Stateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-3515
Harrah's Tahoe Hotel & CasinoHwy 50 & Stateline Pobox 8Stateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-6611
Harveys Resort & CasinoStateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-2411
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino ResortHwy 50Stateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-6211
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino/reso50 Hwy 50Stateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-6211
Ridge ResortsStateline, NV22.6 mi.(775) 588-3553
Casino Area Travelodge4003 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 541-5000
Days Inn3530 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 544-3445
El Dorado Motel4139 Lake TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(415) 731-7793
Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort4130 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 544-5400
Forest Inn SuitesOne LK PkwySouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(916) 541-6655
Holiday Inn Express3961 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(800) 544-5900
Holiday Lodge4095 Layrel AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 544-4101
Howard Johnson Express Inn3489 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 541-4000
Inn By The Lake3300 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 542-0330
Marriott Vacation Club Timber Lodge4100 Lake Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 542-6600
Motel 6 #2502375 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 542-1400
Quality Inn & Suites3838 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 541-5400
Rodeway Inn4082 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(916) 541-7900
Stateline Travelodge4011 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 544-6000
Super 8 Motel3600 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(530) 544-3476
Tahoe Valley Motel2241 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.7 mi.(916) 541-0353
Marriott Vacation Club Grand Residence Lake Tahoe1001 Park AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA22.8 mi.(530) 542-8400

Squaw Valley Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line has an alpine mountain climate. This high mountain region is known as one of the chilliest spots in the country, which comes as a big surprise to many that visit California. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada peaks, the towns of Truckee and Graeagle, and the Donner Lake region, often gets an inversion, whereby cold air is trapped overnight, thus the reason for the extreme cold temperatures in the very early morning hours - even in summertime. As the sun comes up, the temperature begins to rise and daytime highs are usually quite pleasant. Large amounts of snow are received in the higher elevations of the Sierras - up to 40 feet. Rain is possible any month of the year, although most occurs October through April. Mountain weather conditions can change quickly, and rain in the lower elevations can mean snow, sleet or ice in the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 6.01 in. -
February 42°F 21°F 5.71 in. -
March 45°F 24°F 4.57 in. -
April 51°F 27°F 1.82 in. -
May 60°F 33°F 1.21 in. -
June 69°F 39°F 0.77 in. -
July 77°F 44°F 0.33 in. -
August 77°F 44°F 0.46 in. -
September 70°F 39°F 0.90 in. -
October 60°F 32°F 1.95 in. -
November 47°F 25°F 4.25 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 4.68 in. -

Squaw Valley Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located about 24 miles south of Squaw Valley in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 32 miles northeast of Squaw Valley in Reno, Nevada, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 72 miles southwest of Squaw Valley in Sacramento, California, and finally the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located around 73 miles west of Squaw Valley in Sacramento, California.

Squaw Valley Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA22.7 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV31.7 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV34.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA80.5 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV34.3 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA80.5 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA111.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA4.9 mi.
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA9.1 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA9.1 mi.
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA9.2 mi.
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA11.1 mi.
Bijou Municipal Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA22.7 mi.
Golf Club at Genoa LakesGenoaNV25.0 mi.
Sierra Nevada Golf RanchGenoaNV25.0 mi.
Eagle Valley Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.2 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.2 mi.
Silver Oak Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.2 mi.
Lake Tahoe Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA25.6 mi.
Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA26.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA2.5 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA5.2 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA8.7 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA9.1 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA9.1 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA10.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA10.6 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV14.1 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA23.0 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA27.5 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV31.7 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA35.5 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA51.9 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA64.7 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA116.3 mi.
State Parks
Burton Creek State ParkCA4.7 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA5.6 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA8.2 mi. 
Kings Beach State ParkCA11.3 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA11.9 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA17.0 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV18.2 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA18.9 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV21.7 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV24.1 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV34.7 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA9.1 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV24.5 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV24.8 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV24.8 mi.(Technology)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV31.3 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV31.7 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV31.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV31.7 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV31.7 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV31.7 mi.(Art)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV34.1 mi.(Art)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA44.0 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA80.5 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA93.0 mi.

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