Hotel at a Glance: Squaw Valley Lodge
Spread across the California side of the lake, Squaw Valley lodge gives you easy access to the area’s outdoor recreation. The Lodge is just minutes from beaches if you’re into paddleboarding and kayaking, or head inland to be near hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada mountains.Four seasons of fun: In the winter, Squaw Valley is awash with soft, powdery snow for skiers and snowboarders; in the summer, hiking trails and water sports at the lake await. Soak and unwind in one of the hotel’s six indoor and outdoor hot tubs. Head to high ground with the tram to High Camp, which stop right next door to the hotel. An Alpine adventure: Though the Alps are thousands of miles away, the Village at Squaw Valley is designed to look just like a ski village there; head into town for a taste of its European charm. Golf in the mountains at the 18-hole championship Squaw Creek Golf Course. North Lake Tahoe, California: Ski Haven, Historic Sites, and Year-Round Outdoor Activities
Surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line. But for locals, the real division comes down to the North Shore versus the South Shore. The big-ticket nightlife is down below, including major casinos where the show rooms host everything from live bands to standup comics. In the winter, the north side reigns with one of North America’s largest concentrations of ski resorts. Most of the action is split between two of them. Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, has 4,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across six peaks. Some prefer the more low-key atmosphere of Alpine Meadows, which has about half the acreage but a little more elbowroom.
Many of the resorts stay open year-round, with hiking as a popular summertime activity. The Village at Squaw Valley, designed to look like a European Alpine town, has a variety of shops and galleries as well as a museum dedicated to the 1960 Olympic Games. You can get in free with a cable-car ride and tour the collection of memorabilia and historic news clips.
Crowds of all ages gather for North Lake Tahoe’s special events, which range from wine and food festivals to rock concerts and mountain-lifting competitions. Historic sites in the area pay homage to Tahoe’s past as a Native American settlement. In the nearby historic town of Truckee, trendy boutiques and fine-dining establishments sit beside local dive bars and souvenir shops along the town’s main drag.
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased. 7-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable. No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate. Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in. No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at check-in. $21 daily resort fee plus tax added at purchase.