Squaw Valley takes home the 2013 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the West. Iconic lifts like KT-22 access some of the most challenging in-bounds terrain in North America, and hike-to terrain such as the Palisades can strike fear into the most aggressive skiers and riders. Squaw also has a wide variety of beginner and intermediate terrain served up by the Exhibition and Squaw One Express lifts. Squaw Valley is a truly deserving winner of the 2013 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the West.
WHERE TO GO FOR BEGINNER TERRAIN: Squaw Valley may be known for it’s extreme skiing, but there is still plenty of beginner terrain to go around. Take a ride on the Gold Coast Funitel and access the East Broadway, Links, Belmont and Bailey’s Beach lifts in the High Camp to Gold Coast area. The area is home to great terrain for beginners, and High Camp, located at 8,200 feet, has a variety of dining options and even a swimming pool.
WHERE TO GO FOR INTERMEDIATE TERRAIN: The Squaw One Express chair accesses a ton of intermediate terrain, and more advanced and ambitious intermediate riders can take the Siberia Express to ski steeper, wide-open bowls on the upper mountain. Families will love taking laps on the Emigrant lift, where the terrain ranges from beginner to intermediate.
WHERE TO GO FOR EXPERT TERRAIN: Squaw Valley is no stranger to extreme terrain. The KT-22 Express Lift is a favorite of expert skiers and snowboarders, and accesses some of Squaw’s most-challenging terrain: The Fingers. Advanced skiers and riders can also test their mettle on runs like Johnny Moseley’s Run and Chute 75. For skiers and riders who fancy themselves “huckers,” head to Siberia Express and make the short hike up to the Palisades, where the entire lift can watch you hit the Chimney, or Main and Extra Chutes.