Let¡¯s face it. When you¡¯re looking for a ski resort it¡¯s all about location. And when it comes to location, it¡¯s hard to beat the Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe. If you can¡¯t beat them, stay with them, I say.
Wending your way down the Resort¡¯s long, private access road, one gets a sense of what awaits you. With Squaw Mountain as a backdrop, and with the Snow King peak looming literally on the property¡¯s back doorstep, the Resort at Squaw Creek leaves an impression well before you¡¯ve walked through its front doors.
Yes, the entrance to Squaw Creek is impressive, with its grand driveway, its courteous and professional staff, its elegant yet unpretentious lobby space, its crackling fireplaces and its massive windows, with those views. But it's the resort¡¯s location that really wins you over. And over. And over.
Situated across the long meadow from the Village at Squaw Valley, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers guests the best of both worlds: seclusion, tranquility and relaxation all within a snowball¡¯s throw of lively Squaw Valley Base Camp.
That¡¯s not to say though, that the Resort itself lacks vibrancy, with the property home to some of the Valley¡¯s best dining and entertainment. From the fancy Six Peaks Grille to friendly Sandy¡¯s Pub; cozy Sweet Potatoes Deli to the Chuck Wagon bistro (open during winter), you¡¯ll be sure to find the perfect before, during and apr¨¨s ski spot within arm¡¯s reach.
And if relaxing is more your thing, the Spa at Squaw Creek offers guests North Lake Tahoe¡¯s most luxurious spa retreat. Promising to ¡°bring the outside in¡±, the Spa does just that, gracefully combining Birch tree trunks and green slate flooring with cascading water features and natural scents.
With a heated pool complex, an ice-skating rink, horse-drawn sleigh rides and even shopping on offer at the Resort at Squaw Creek, you¡¯d be forgiven for perhaps overlooking the rest of the valley. But for those who can¡¯t resist the allure of the ¡®big smoke¡¯, the Resort offers complimentary shuttle rides ¡®downtown¡¯ to all guests, running skiers and non-skiers alike back and forth every fifteen minutes - sharp.
Or better yet, you could ski yourself across. Boasting its very own chairlift connecting the Creek to Squaw Valley proper, the Resort at Squaw Creek provides skiers and snowboarders with what matters most: a ski in and ski out property. And with the Squaw Creek Triple Chair providing access to some of the Valley¡¯s best kept secrets (read snow stashes), skiers will be hitting the Snow King runs long after other trails have bumped out.
Boasting 405 remodeled guest rooms and suites, most with sweeping views of the valley and surrounding mountains, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers the perfect base from which to ski. Or not ski.
And with the resort home to its own championship golf course, tennis courts, hiking and biking, I¡¯ll be sure to be back in summer.
Read on for more of e-Travel Blackboard¡¯s recent exploits in North Lake Tahoe.
All images courtesy of the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Resort at Squaw Creek
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Mark Harada