Swimming, zip lining, mountain climbing, rock climbing and roller skating—if you want to check off your summer fun bucket list in one epic swoop, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is your place. And even if school has started back up, Tahoe will be basking in summer vibes (and sunny weather) for at least another month. We got to play for a week at Tahoe’s most family friendly resort—Squaw Valley—and we have the whole scoop for you right here.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Any NorCal outdoor family knows that summer is when Tahoe really shines. And Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (and neighboring Squaw Creek) have made sure every single warm weather adventure is right at your fingertips. From scenic, winding biking trails for all ages and skill levels to a roller rink at 8,200 feet, there is no such thing as a lazy day in these mountains.
For fun in the village, kids can get strapped in for a treetops ropes course and zipline adventure (for ages 5 and up) while younger thrill seekers can buckle in for a high-flying Sky Jump trampoline experience (20 lbs. and heavier), all hosted by the Squaw Valley Adventure Center.
Miles and miles of trails traverse the mountains, so make sure to find time for a hike and some bug hunting. Perfect for little legs is the half mile trail from Squaw Valley to Squaw Creek. Stronger hikers can make an icy waterfall and sublime swimming hole their destination. Pick up a trail map from the village and pick your journey.
What’s a summer vacation without a dip in the pool? Squaw Valley offers the pool with arguably the very best view, as it sits at High Camp, a mini resort set 8,200 feet up on the mountainside. Getting there is an adventure in itself. Take the Aerial Tram, which isn’t for those with a fear of heights.
Also at High Camp is an epic outdoor roller skating rink and the Olympic Museum (Tahoe hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics) where you can take a trip back in time, and even stand on a real Olympic podium. And when you are ready to decompress, sign up for a family yoga class at Wanderlust Yoga Studio in the Village, or do a spa double date: while the parents indulge in a facial or massage, the kids can get pampered at the Kids’ Chillax Spa at Squaw Creek, which includes a mini massage, cucumbers for their eyes, and a yoga session.
Stay Where the Action Is
The best part for families is setting up camp right in the village. And by camp, we mean fully outfitted rooms and suites designed with families in mind. Most feature kitchens, either functional kitchenettes or full kitchens complete with stove, oven, microwave, full-size fridge and plenty of storage.
The multi bedroom suites are laid out like a spacious apartment, with large living rooms, two bathrooms, plenty of closet space and even decks for mountainside views (and star gazing) whenever you want ’em. Walk downstairs and your right in the Village, where everything from your morning coffee to spa services to shopping is right at your fingertips. There is even an 18-hole mini golf course scattered throughout the Village, so you can play from one stop to another!
Don’t Forget to Fuel Up
From loaded pizza to farm fresh salads to sushi to almost everything in between—the Village at Squaw Valley offers nearly a dozen places to eat. Gulp smoothies in the morning at Mountain Nectar, indulge in burgers and fries in the afternoon at the Poolside Cafe at High Camp then dive into a farm to table dinner hosted by Executive Chef Tiffany Swan (can be arranged for groups and special events) set out in a grassy meadow at the Olympic Village Lodge for dinner.
Pick your poison for dessert: there’s a dreamy make-your-own sundae gelato shop that also serves up frozen yogurt, or pick up a s’mores pack and roast them over one of the many fire pits scattered throughout the village. For mom and dad, Uncorked the the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine after a long day.
Families Are First a Squaw
What really makes this a true vacation is all the thought the folks at Squaw have put into making sure every member of the family is catered to. The restaurants offer sophisticated, healthy choices and there is always a kids menu, crayons and other small treats for little ones. The village is full of kids, and fast friends are made over ice cream or rounds of mini golf. And best of all, the Squaw Kids offers summer day camps, so kids can get busy with any of the above adventures with a qualified counselor, so adults can do with their day what they please. Now THAT’S vacation.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow
1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Olympic Valley, CA
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