Honeymoon Week continues with a stop in the United States–Lake Tahoe. The lake itself is part of both California and Nevada. We’ll be heading to the northwest area of the lake in Squaw Valley (also known as Olympic Valley), California.
We’ve chosen the Resort at Squaw Creek for its amazing views and its ski-in, ski-out lodging. The resort was named as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 50 Ski Hotels. The hotel was recently renovated and all rooms have been modernized to include dual shower heads, wi-fi, and individual heat and cooling controls.
- Fireplace Suites are equipped with a gas fireplace, a soaking tub, and a mini kitchen area.
- Spa at Squaw Creek has saunas, water features, and outdoor whirlpools
- The hotel has a year-round heated pool and 3 whirlpools
- The nearby town offers ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, dog sled tours, and sleigh rides
- On-site ski rental shop
- There are 4 separate on-site restaurants: Six Peaks Grille (regional cuisine with prix fixe on weekends, TIP: make reservations via OpenTable), Sandy’s Pub (Sports Bar), Sweet Potatoes Deli (coffeehouse/deli/patisserie), and Chuck Wagon (outdoor Western BBQ)
- Enjoy skiing at Squaw Valley USA, where you can take lessons or experience the superpipe
- The Squaw Valley Ski Resort was home of the 1960 Winter Olympics
- Receives an average 450 inches of snow per year
- 34 chairlifts over 4000 acres
- 400 acres of land devoted to cross-country skiing
- All day tickets include free night skiing
If you’re looking for more privacy, a chance to have a kitchen to work with, or even the ability to make your honeymoon a family vacation for a newly-blended family, a cabin rental might be a good option for you. Most of the available cabins are on the South Shore, but there are options on the North Shore as well. TripAdvisor now features reviews on rental properties and we wanted to highlight two separate cabins: The Tash North Lake Tahoe Luxury Cabin and the Glacer Remodeled Lake Tahoe Cabin. Both cabins have hot tubs, wireless internet, the possibility of discount lift tickets, washers and dryers, and TVs with DVD players.
- Location: Northwest of the lake and northwest of Tahoe City, follow Hwy 89 to the lake and you can’t miss it. Fly in via the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
- Best for: People looking to stay in the states, people looking for cold or outdoor fun
- Not For: Those looking to explore exotic lands or lay out in the sun
- Notable: In the winter, this area receives heavy snow. Always carry snow chains or drive a 4-wheel vehicle with snow tires.
- Budget: Moderate. If you choose a cabin or the hotel, expect to pay between $2500 and $3000 for lodging and lift tickets. If you need to fly in instead of driving, or if you need to rent equipment, prices will be higher.
- Time to Visit: Winter and spring are the best time to take advantage of the ski season. The months November through May should allow for skiing but you might want to watch snow schedules in advance and plan activities accordingly.
- Time to Avoid: Summer and weekends. While it does warm up here in the summer, the crowds can be higher than even ski season crowds without as many activities to do. If you opt for the winter, try to come mid-week or at least plan your skiing days for weekdays to avoid peak crowds.