Friday, July 2, 2010
Squaw Valley, California
Squaw Valley is best known as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Fifty years later, it's a huge ski complex. Emphasis on huge. How about 4,000 acres of skiing area? No wonder there's a guarantee that you won't have to wait more than 10 minutes to get on your slope.
The valley itself is filled with housing of all sorts and stores. It's become something of a year-round destination, although when we were there in June it seemed a little sleepy. (The golf course looked pretty empty.) Can't imagine what it would be like in January, though. It has to be one of the great places around for skiing, if only to look out on Lake Tahoe from the top of the hill.
There's not too much left of the Olympic facilities. The Olympic Village is now the main administrative center. A small museum to honor the Games is located on top of the mountain (it's in the building where the gondola stops).
If you do visit in the summer, be sure to check the Web site to see what's open. The gondola ride is worthwhile for the fine views, but the dates of operation vary.
This is expensive territory, but definitely worth at least a short visit.