Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is in the Sierra Nevada Range and is the second-largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area. In 2012, Squaw Valley joined with Alpine Meadows to offer joint access to both resorts on one lift ticket -- over 6,000 acres across both.
What Makes It Great
Squaw also faces east, so it gets snow first and is -- by many -- considered fresher powder. As a resort, Squaw also provides a large base camp facility and village. In the summer, the village hosts a number of concerts and events and the area is popular for mountain biking, swimming and hiking. Check the snow conditions online before you go.
Who is Going to Love It
Squaw Valley is something of a locals' mountain and the terrain favors intermediate and expert skiers. The hardest terrain here is serious stuff but if you're into extreme skiing and riding, it's going to be exactly what you are looking for.