Squaw Valley (California), USA

Resort height:

 1890m

 

Slopes:

 1890-2760m

 

Pistes:

 4000 acres

 

General snow cover

 

4/5

 

Snow quality (upper)

4/5

 

Snow quality (lower)

3.5/5

 

Resort level snow

4/5

 

Powder potential

4/5

Squaw Valley is famed for its steep terrain which needs a lot of snow to become operational.

 

Fortunately Squaw Valley's snowfall average is high but the Tahoe area (as a whole) is prone to occasional droughts, and it sometimes takes a while for things to get going early in the season.

 

In most years, however, there is plenty of snow and the resort is a magnet for powder-hounds, even if many of the top lifts remain closed during a big storm.

 

As with other Tahoe resorts, snow quality can be inconsistent at times, especially lower down.

Squaw Valley is one of our:

 

* Top 10 snowiest ski resorts - North America