The scenic snow-clad slopes of Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley ski resort lies on the Californian side of the mountains and if you are not familiar with these parts, let me tell you that the ski slopes here are very popular among ski enthusiasts. It even has some Olympic history associated with it.
High Camp, Squaw Valley

Tipsy from the trip to Squaw Valley

Interstate 80 passing through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Over the Spring Break when the winter storms were almost winding up for the season, we decided to hit the road, and make our way towards the snow-clad mountain range aptly named the Sierra Nevada. Sierra in Spanish means mountains and Nevada means, snow-covered. This chain of mountains lies along the eastern part of Califonia with a part of it in Nevada. Our destination for the break was Reno on the other side of the mountains and in the neighbouring state of Nevada. But on the way, we had planned to stop at Squaw Valley, a ski resort on the top of the Sierras.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort lies on the Californian side of the mountains and if you are not familiar with these parts, let me tell you that the ski slopes here are very popular among ski enthusiasts. It even has some Olympic history associated with it.

Squaw Valley, Sierra Nevada

Squaw Valley’s Olympic fame

Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics of 1960. Today, it is a full fledged Ski Resort with many ski slopes, a village that has rooms-to-let and ample shopping and dining options. In winter and early spring, a host of snow-related activities like tubing and ski lessons to name a few, attract people to these slopes.

Squaw Valley - the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

The Village, Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley ski slopes, California

High Camp, Squaw Valley

What gave me a high that day was the trip to the top of Squaw Valley’s High Camp that stands tall, at a height of 8,200 ft. The way to the top is through an aerial sky-tram that travels at a speed of 12 miles and reaches the other end of the almost-3-mile line in roughly 10 minutes.

High Camp has some ski slopes, too. It also has some places where you can grab something to eat or have a nice sit-down meal. We had our lunch there at the poolside Cafe. The pool that they talk of here was not exactly in a condition to be used. It was buried in snow and there were people working at removing the white winter cover.

The best part of that trip to was the views from up there. While the kids got to get their hands dirty, or should I say ‘got their hands freezing-cold,’ playing in the snow, I stared out at the panorama spread out in front of me. From that vantage point, I could see a few ski slopes, the tram going to and fro, several mountain tops and also a part of Lake Tahoe. [Now, if Lake Tahoe doesn’t, sound familiar to you, I have to tell you that it is one of the lakes on the Sierra Nevada mountains. Situated at height of 5000-odd ft, Tahoe’s claim to fame is its rich blue waters and the fact that it is the largest alpine lake in the United States. Or is it the largest Alpine lake in the whole of North America? That too.]

Aerial sky-tram at Squaw Valley Ski Resort

The aerial sky-tram that takes skiers and visitors to ‘High Camp.’

Squaw Valley Ski Resort on the Sierra Nevada Mountains in CA

Squaw Valley Ski Resort on the Sierra Nevada Mountains in CA

High Camp, Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe from Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe from High Camp (Squaw Valley Ski Resort)

High Camp at Squaw Valley Ski resort

High Camp (8,200 ft.)

You might also want to visit these posts on Lake Tahoe:

Pristine Lake Tahoe
See Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Mountain

If you would like to plan a trip to Squaw Valley here’s the official site

 

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28 Comments on this post.
  • magiceye
    8 August 2017 at 12:57 am

    Magnificent landscapes!

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2017 at 6:03 am

      Aren’t they?
      The beautiful slopes of the Sierra Nevada. 🙂

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    8 August 2017 at 1:21 am

    Super Wow!

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2017 at 6:04 am

      🙂
      Hi Shrinidhi.

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    8 August 2017 at 2:26 am

    Amazing pics. Loved the beautiful post.

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2017 at 6:05 am

      Thank you, Rupam. 🙂
      I’m glad.

  • Indrani
    8 August 2017 at 7:17 am

    I saw something like this in Greece last! Mesmerizing views!
    I long to get to those mountains!

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:16 am

      Winter’ll soon her here. Put some snow-receiving mountains on the travel list. 😉
      That white is beautiful, right? 🙂

  • KaJo
    8 August 2017 at 8:30 am

    Wow!! C’est magnifique

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:19 am

      Isn’t it?
      There was so much snow around here this year, that they say the snow on the higher elevations is going to be there all summer. 🙂

      Thank you for coming this way, Kaustubh. 🙂

  • ladyfi
    8 August 2017 at 8:30 am

    Simply gorgeous!

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:20 am

      It sure is.
      Thank you for your visit and comment, Ladyfi. 🙂

  • Purba
    8 August 2017 at 10:00 am

    Stunning pictures 🙂

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:20 am

      Thank you, dear Purba.
      How is the book doing?

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    8 August 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Spectacular pics!

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:21 am

      Thank you so much, Rajeev. 🙂

  • Mridula
    8 August 2017 at 1:28 pm

    The place looks truly magical!

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 12:24 am

      Hi Mridula,
      I’m guessing it’s because of the whiteness of the landscape. 🙂

  • Molly
    8 August 2017 at 9:16 pm

    What a beautiful series of images

    Mollyx

    • dNambiar
      9 August 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Molly,
      Welcome back.
      And Thank You so much. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    10 August 2017 at 12:46 am

    Breathtaking. I would love to be here.

    • dNambiar
      11 August 2017 at 5:06 am

      The next time you are here, Rajesh.
      It’s not very far from the Bay Area. 🙂

  • Rahul
    11 August 2017 at 5:05 am

    Very beautiful pictures! They say it all:)

    • dNambiar
      11 August 2017 at 5:08 am

      Thank you so much, Mr. Bhatia.
      The place looked heavenly around the time we were visiting. These areas got a lot of snow in winter. 🙂

  • Maitreni Mishra
    11 August 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Such picturesque landscapes! Loved you post 🙂

    • dNambiar
      15 August 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Isn’t it?
      Squaw Valley was such a pretty picture in the winter.
      Thank you, dear Maitreni. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    12 August 2017 at 12:00 pm

    So gorgeous 🙂

    • dNambiar
      15 August 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I agree with you, Joshi. 🙂
      The place did look gorgeous. 🙂

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