Ski on Independence Day
Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley spans 3600 acres, has 30 chairlifts and the only funitel in the United States. 2019 marked only the fifth time in the last 50 years that the ski resort was open for skiing on July 4th and we were not going to miss the opportunity to ski the 12 runs that remained open for the 2018-2019 season.
Resort at Squaw Creek
At the base of Squaw Valley, the AAA Four Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek offers something for everybody with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the backdrop to this spectacular resort.
The entrance to the resort is impressive. As the resort boasts, “Modern meets Mountain” in design, the lobby does not disappoint. Floor to ceiling windows provide views that an architect could not design, but certainly could and did make the focal point of the grand room. Use of stone and wood, track lighting and decorative pillows provide the “ski lodge” feel, but the high ceilings give a sense of grandeur. And those snow capped mountains…stunning!
After a quick check-in, we exited the main building, walked through the shopping promenade and entered another building, where our room was located. Our room with mountain view, also overlooked a play area with basketball hoops, soccer nets and extra large size chess. Beyond the gaming area were turquoise swimming pools, one with a 150-foot water slide. To the right of the play area, a waterfall.
The room itself was engaging, although not the highlight. We had a suite with a kitchenette and fireplace. We spent very little time in the room. The property was calling to us to get outside.
On our first exploration, we discovered a fire pit, more areas to lounge, and a man-made beach by the pool. The golf course, surrounds the area with acres of lush green. The private ice rink, now closed for the season, gym and full service spa are just a few of the amenities on the 195 acres that make up this resort.
The resort has plenty of on site dining options.
Six Peaks Grille is a steak house that is very well known in the Tahoe area.
Montagna, an Italian restaurant, was not of choice for us because New York City Italian is really challenging to beat, and we were not up for the taste test.
We decided to dine at Sandy’s Pub, a casual sports bar, named for Sandy Poulsen of “The Poulsens” who founded Squaw Valley and whose children became Olympic skiers. My most favorite part of Sandy’s and why I visited is because it overlooks the playground, so my son could go play and I could have dinner and watch him.
Ahi Tuna Salad, became my “go-to” with seared ahi tuna, cucumber, edamame and wakame salad. They will put the dressing on the side at request.
Adobe Chicken Tacos with cabbage lime slaw and Pico de Gallo was also a home run.
Cascades, open daily for breakfast offers a buffet (we were skiing early morning and did not make this).
Sweet Potatoes Deli, a coffee house in the promenade, was an excellent stop early morning for a cup of coffee and a quick bite pre-ski.
The Oasis, the poolside bar, was a delight. The last ski runs were at 1pm, so après ski we would head to the room, change and swim. I could not get my child off of the water slide. He spent many hours making friends and using the slide. While he did that, I was able to secure a lounge chair, enjoy some sun and order a cocktail. That was my most favorite part of this trip!
The Village at Squaw Valley is not to be upstaged by the resort. Spruced, a clever shop with kitchenware, gifts and glassware is lovely for a walk through. The ‘Northface’, of course helps should you need outerwear and the clever shop ‘Lather and Fizz’ is a store devoted entirely to bath products. I love a good village at a mountain, because some people do not ski and need something to do outside of waiting in the lodge. This Village provides that luxury.
Just 42 miles West of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, without a doubt, we will be back. Whether you love to hike, mountain bike, or ski, year round Squaw has something for everyone!
To plan your next Squaw getaway visit https://www.destinationhotels.com/squawcreek
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with AlphaLuxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.