The Lake Tahoe region attracts a very large number of tourists every year, and many ski resorts operate in the area. Some of these California Ski Resorts have become very well known as among the best places to ski in the nation, and the quality of the snow on the slopes is often truly phenomenal. Some resorts typically get snowfall amounts well in excess of 400 inches per year, which is the equivalent to more than 30 feet of snow. Furthermore, the snow that falls typically is quite dry, which is great for skiers and snowboarders.
There is one part of the Lake Tahoe region that is especially well known for it’s iconic ski resorts. The Olympic Valley is located in the northern part of the Lake Tahoe region, slightly to the west of the northern part of the lake. In this region, there are two very large and well known resorts. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are both in this region. The area gets it’s name, because Squaw Valley has been used for the winter Olympics. In addition to the great skiing, the area is also very well known for excellent amenities at the ski resorts.
The base of Squaw Valley is located at 6,200 feet, and the highest peak is located at over 9,000 feet. However, what sets Squaw Valley apart from many other mountains is the location of the ski area’s village. In fact, the ski area’s main village is not located anywhere near the base. Instead, the main village is around two thousand feet up the slope, at a high altitude of more than eight thousand feet. This high elevation makes it so there are incredibly stunning views from the ski village. In addition to great views, there are also great options for lodging and dining in the ski village. Furthermore, there are many other things to do, such as swimming, a hot tub, many great places for shopping, a yoga studio, and a number of different options for bars and restaurants.
The other resort that is located in the Olympic Valley region is Alpine Meadows. This resort also has become very well known, although it is somewhat smaller in terms of vertical drop, compared to Squaw Valley. Alpine Meadows is great in terms of it’s off trail skiing, and there are two sides to the mountain. While Alpine Meadows is a great place to ski, it is somewhat less popular than Squaw Valley. For this reason, the crowds are somewhat lower.