Squaw Valley is reporting its highest season snowfall on record (which dates back to 1970) this year as the resort nears the 700-inch milestone (they're at around 690 inches now). The last season that was this snowy was 1994-1995, which weighed in at 662 inches. To herald the snow gods, Squaw Valley is extending its 2011 ski season through Memorial Day Weekend (May 30) and offering a Spring Pass for $199, valid from April 4 through the end of the season. If you've already purchased a 2011-2012 season pass, you can add on the Spring pass for $129.
Though the weather may say otherwise, spring skiing season is officially around the corner. Take advantage of all that powder and ski for free at Squaw Valley when you book an April package at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Rates start as low as $100 per person, per night for a two night stay, and includes breakfast.
The typical Tahoe weekend plan goes like this: Scramble to get as much work done by noon on Friday as is humanly possible, then load up the car, cross the Bay Bridge, and pray you'll make it to Truckee in less than six hours. If there's snow, chains, or an accident anywhere along the route, settle in for the long haul. Spend Saturday skiing and drinking, wake up Sunday with an altitude-hangover headache, and reverse the trek on Sunday.
But what if you've got kids in tow—and not the kind of superhuman toddlers who can whiz down a blue slope in their baby skis at 30 mph, but regular, old-school carpet crawlers who just want some snow angels and sleds?
For those who thought all that new-fallen powder was gift enough, here's another Tahoe treat: 20% off a midweek stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, two complimentary drinks at the PlumpJack Bar and a complimentary breakfast each morning you stay.
Perhaps you should play hookey from work and make it an extended weekend after the Squaw Valley Prom? Just sayin.'
Winter is back. Snow has returned to the Sierras with a vengeance—the mountains are expected to be blasted with 3 to 5 feet by Friday. All that new-fallen powder has got the Bay Area thinking skiing, and us turning our attention once again to Squaw Valley, which changed management this season after being owned by the founding Cushing family for nearly 60 years.
This North Tahoe resort is nicknamed Squallywood for a reason: Many ski films have been shot here, and the place has a bustling, party vibe. In November, the resort was sold to a private equity firm that plans to invest $50 million in on-site improvements, so expect the glam level to increase. 800-403-0206.
Though I’m not knocking a good double cheeseburger, if you’re headed up to Tahoe for a snowy three-day getaway, there’s better eating to be done along the way than at the In-n-Out in Auburn. In fact, if you stop in Sacramento—which is just about halfway there—you have some great options just five minutes off the freeway in the historical neighborhood of Land Park.
Here, are very trustworthy options, all within walking distance of each other.
While the road-snack offerings on the way to Tahoe are some of the best around (Ikeda's and In-n-Out, I'm looking at you), sometimes the whole traffic, ice, and chains situation tips the scales into the "not worth it" zone. Such was the case over New Years, which is why I opted to venture up there by train.
Bemoan this rain all you want, but Tahoe-philes know it means sweet, powdery snow. Our Jetsetter Trip of the Week is a shout-out to all that new-fallen fun: a flash sale at the oh-so-luxurious Ritz-Carlton Club at Northstar. The sale only lasts 9 more hours, so hop on over there and enjoy a $50 credit for 7x7 readers for your stay. Book here for the credit.
If your New Years plans include some South Lake Tahoe action (lil' skiing, lil' gambling), yet staying on the strip is not necessarily your speed, we'd suggest booking a cabin at Zephyr Cove Resort. It's located just a few miles up the highway, minutes way from the tables and the slopes of Heavenly, yet secluded enough to get a slice of Tahoe cozy.