Letís face it. When youíre looking for a ski resort itís all about location. And when it comes to location, itís hard to beat the Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe. If you canít beat them, stay with them, I say.
Wending your way down the Resortís 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 propertyís back doorstep, the Resort at Squaw Creek leaves an impression well before youíve 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 resortís 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 snowballís throw of lively Squaw Valley Base Camp.
Thatís not to say though, that the Resort itself lacks vibrancy, with the property home to some of the Valleyís best dining and entertainment. From the fancy Six Peaks Grille to friendly Sandyís Pub; cozy Sweet Potatoes Deli to the Chuck Wagon bistro (open during winter), youíll be sure to find the perfect before, during and aprŤs ski spot within armís reach.
And if relaxing is more your thing, the Spa at Squaw Creek offers guests North Lake Tahoeís most luxurious spa retreat. Promising to ďbring the outside inĒ, 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, youíd be forgiven for perhaps overlooking the rest of the valley. But for those who canít resist the allure of the Ďbig smokeí, the Resort offers complimentary shuttle rides Ďdowntowní 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 Valleyís 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, Iíll be sure to be back in summer.
Read on for more of e-Travel Blackboardís recent exploits in North Lake Tahoe.
All images courtesy of the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Monday, 16 April 2012
The Resort at Squaw Creek
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Mark Harada