Winter in Squaw Valley, California

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How About a Road Trip to Winter Wonderland

I received two emails this morning saying that the first snow of 2017 has arrived in Squaw Valley.  They brought a smile to my face and memories of the magical time our family had at Squaw Valley in Tahoe, California.  If you are thinking of a winter holiday in the US but haven’t decided where, do read on.  Squaw Valley could just be what you’re looking for.  Take a look at our travel diary here.


Our road trip to Tahoe started at Sacramento and was mostly on Interstate-80.  We stayed at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek.   A brief review of the resort can be found in my Squaw Valley (1) blog.  Click here.


We were at Squaw Valley for 4 days and 3 nights.  We realised that 5 days would have been better since there were so much to do.

Our original itinerary was the one below, but because of stomach flu, we had to change it up quite drastically.

Day 1
Road trip from Sacramento (or San Francisco if you want) to Squaw Valley (2.5hrs)
Check-in at Resort at Squaw Creek
Aerial tram to Upper Mountain, sightseeing
Explore The Village
Day 2
Breakfast with Santa
Morning private family ski lesson at Squaw Valley (book this in advance)
Afternoon snowmobile tour
Christmas Eve Dinner at Six Peaks Grille
Day 3
Morning Private family ski lesson at Squaw Valley
Christmas market and dinner at Tahoe City
Day 4
Sledding and snow play at Resort at Squaw Creek
Say bye-bye to Squaw Valley and drive back to San Francisco

Our family had a memorable time at Squaw Valley and it will always be one of our favourite holidays.   I hope you’ll find some inspiration from our experiences that could be useful in your planning for that wonderful winter holiday.  xoxo

Click here for our Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 posts on Squaw Valley.






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  1. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas Day! It’s a pity your son was ill but seems you all had fun in the end. It reminds me of our first family ski holiday, when we had to visit the doctor for a different reason. My blog about it is called “Split Decision”

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    1. Hi! Thank you. That was one Christmas we will never forget. And the irony of it all was that we were in a perfect place, had a reservation in a great restaurant for our first ever Christmas Eve dinner outside our home, ready to take in all the fine wine… but couldn’t. We ended up having leftover chicken and salted porridge for dinner but it still felt good and perfect. What a way to remind us what Christmas is all about. 🙂

      I’m so happy that you mentioned about your ‘Split Decision’. Apart from the injury, it’s such an inspiring story for us, esp how your daughter went from ‘don’t like’ to ‘let’s go again!’

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    1. Thanks! I’m also looking forward to the Christmas season already 🙂
      I know exactly what you mean by falling on your faces a few times and yet have the time of your lives hahaha!
      And yeah you should go skiing again and when you do, I will be looking forward to reading your blog about it. 🙂

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  2. Lovely photos and memories of Squaw Valley! I prefer snow in pictures rather than real life! I do love snow falling on Christmas Eve and everything looks magical, but I would love if it all melted away by New Year’s Eve and then winter is over. Awwww that would be great. 🙂

    ❤ carmen

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    1. Hahaha that would be too quick for me Carmen 😦 but I totally understand you. I heard from my friend in Canada that winter lasts very long in there and it could be totally brutal and painful. Anyway, I introduced your blog to my friend yesterday. I told her yours is fun and cool and really inspiring.

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  3. “Painful” is the word alright! I’ve said that often. Hot weather can be uncomfortable but the cold is painful. Thank you for telling your friend about my blog, it a fun hobby and you meet interesting people from all over the world. 🙂

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