How To Get There

Where is the Squaw Valley Ski Resort?

Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe is located between Truckee and Tahoe City, which sits on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe in California.

Flying

The closest airport is the Reno Tahoe International Airport, which is 49 miles to the northeast; about a one hour drive away. There are frequent shuttle services between the Reno Airport and Squaw Valley which can be organized as part of a Squaw Valley ski package.

Squaw Valley Tahoe is 208 miles northeast of the San Francisco International Airport via Interstate-80.

Driving

By rental car, Squaw Valley is an easy one hour drive from Reno down the I80 interstate and Highway 89. From San Francisco it is about a 3.5 hour drive, again along the I80, but from the opposite direction. If the weather is snowy, check road conditions because the I80 is sometimes closed.

Buses to Squaw Valley

There are a few companies that run bus trips from San Francisco and Sacramento to the Tahoe area including Squaw Valley.

Getting Around Lake Tahoe

The public transport systems around Tahoe are pretty well developed, particularly along the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. The local transport in the valley and surrounding areas includes the wide range of bus shuttles between the towns and the resorts provided by TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit). This includes transportation from Tahoe City and Truckee to get to Squaw.

There is also the Free Ski Shuttle North Tahoe that runs skiers on weekends and holidays along the north shore of Lake Tahoe with drop off and pick up at Squaw and Alpine Meadows.

Tahoe Ski Shuttles run round trip buses from designated Reno hotels to Squaw Valley.

If you have a car and intend travelling to other ski hills or attractions, we recommend driving a 4WD given the heavy snowfalls that can occur in the Lake Tahoe area. Be aware that standard vehicles rented in San Francisco may not be winterised and skierised.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Squaw Valley is close to several other Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Alpine Meadows is just over the back of Squaw, but by road it’s 6 miles from Squaw Valley. There are very regular complimentary buses between Squaw and Alpine and they’re on a shared lift ticket, so if you get bored of one during the day (which isn’t likely!) you can pop over to the other.

Homewood, the place to go when the storms are at their most ferocious, is 14 miles (20 minutes) away along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. It has cracking tree skiing when the snow is puking down.

Northstar is another top spot for tree skiing when it’s stormy and a place to escape the powder day craziness of Squaw. It is located past Truckee, about 30 minutes drive away. Sugar Bowl is also near Truckee, 20 miles away from Squaw Valley.

Heavenly Ski Resort, the place to ski and party, is 40 miles away at the southern end of Lake Tahoe.

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