#10 Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley, Calif.) from Top 10 Ski Resorts in the West

Top 10 Ski Resorts in the West

Squaw Valley
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#10 Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley, Calif.)

The biggest resort in Tahoe in terms of skiable acreage, Squaw Valley (which now shares a lift ticket with nearby Alpine Meadows) goes toe to toe with Northstar and Heavenly in terms of popularity. This freeriding and freeskiing mecca is the home resort for many of the sports’ biggest names, including Jeremy Jones, Tim Dutton and J.T. Holmes. The KT-22 lift leads to hucking heaven, which is why air lovers line up at the crack of dawn on powder days and weekends. Not to say beginners or intermediate skiers can’t have a good time here: the greens and blues are high up on the mountain, affording wow-worthy views of the lake below.
—Mark Lebetkin