Lake Tahoe / Squaw Valley Attractions & Activities
Squaw Valley High Camp.Enjoy views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra, ice skate at Olympic Ice Pavilion, learn about the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Museum, slip and slide at the Snowtubing Arena, relax at the Poolside Umbrella Bar and soak up the Sierra sun in the Swimming Lagoon & Spa.
Ride Squaw Valley's aerial Cable Car up 2,000 vertical feet to High Camp, the gateway to Squaw Valley's beginner terrain, where skiers and snowboarders find wide open gentle slopes. High Camp’s professional Ski & Snowboard school offers group lessons through the innovative "Ski Your Pro" program. At night, High Camp is your night skiing base, offering access to the 3.2 mile mountain run, Riviera terrain park, and a half pipe. Ice skating continues into the evening and Alexander's Cafe offers mountain top dining.
Lake Tahoe Rafting & Kayaking.From the serene beauty of Emerald Bay to the gentle flow of the Upper Truckee as it leaves the lake to the rough class IV whitewater rapids of the tunnel chute, there are numerous opportunities for rafting and kayak adventures in Lake Tahoe. Ride the numerous rivers that run on the east and west sides of the Sierra. Many ski rental shops turn into bike/kayak rental shops in the summer.
Lake Tahoe Paddle Boarding.The newest activity to appear on Lake Tahoe is the very popular paddle board. Gorgeous stand up paddle spots are available all over Lake Tahoe. Rentals are available on the North Shore in Tahoe City, West Shore (Sunnyside), Carnelian Bay and Kings Beach. [Top]
Truckee River Rafting.The Truckee River springs from the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe on a 110-mile journey to Pyramid Lake, the home of trout and endangered cui-ui fish. Truckee River offers outstanding recreation, such as river rafting, bird watching, fly fishing and trail hiking. Enjoy a scenic, 5 mile, self-guided whitewater rafting adventure down the Truckee River - one of Northern California’s family friendly Class I rivers. Stop for a picnic or swim at great areas along the river. Visit www.truckeeriver.org.
Lake Tahoe Beaches.Relax or party on Lake Tahoe’s fabulous beaches, which offer excellent swimming, sunning, fishing, hiking and camping. Check out King’s Beach, Meeks Bay, Chamber’s Landing, Sunnyside, D.L. Bliss State Park, Camp Richardson, Pope Beach, Zephyr Cove, Sand Harbor, Incline Village, Baldwin, Nevada Beach, Round Hill Pines Beach, Skunk Harbor, Lester Beach, Lakeside Beach and Marina, Zephyr Cove, Regan Beach, Kiva Beach, Tahoe City Commons Beach Park, and Sugar Pine Point. [Top]
Mountain Biking.Mountain biking at Lake Tahoe is not a just a sport, it's a lifestyle! Bike paths, dirt roads, single tracks and bike parks abound around the lake. There are many scenic and mellow rides and plenty of steep, rocky precipices. Some ski resorts have bike parks and tour companies that offer guided backcountry tours ranging from hours to days. Check out the following trails: The Flume Trail, Paige Meadows, The Emigrant Trail, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Western States Trail and so many more!! Our Front Desk can direct you to one of the many fine bike shops around the lake that offer rentals, demos and sales. These shops are great resources for expert tips, local lore, trail maps, guide books, accessories and repairs. Keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly in Tahoe. Be prepared with the proper clothing, wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. For safety, always wear a helmet.
Emerald Bay State Park.A National Natural Landmark, Emerald Park is known for its brilliant panorama and glacier carved granite. The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of the Lake Tahoe area. The park features Vikingsholm, a fine example of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere, the Tea House on Fannette Island, the only island on Lake Tahoe, and several hiking trails. Emerald Bay is an underwater state park and the resting place for boats, launches and turn-of-the-century barges. [Top]
Squaw Valley Hiking.Explore Squaw Valley's beautiful wilderness on foot alone or on one of many guided hikes. Ride the Cable Car to High Camp and choose from a variety of trails. Climb to the weathered buttresses atop Squaw Peak, visit the historic Watson Monument at Emigrant Peak, meander through the meadows covered with wildflowers, and enjoy the panoramic views from Squaw's spacious upper mountain.
Lake Tahoe Hiking & Backcountry Skiing.The Tahoe Basin offers some of the best hiking in the world. High Sierra peaks are surrounded by beautiful lakes and waterfalls that dot the landscape.
You’ll find popular hikes at: Round Top/Carson Pass, Mt. Tallac, Jakes Peak, Pyramid Peak, Ralston Peak, Maggies Peaks, Stevens Peak, Red Lake Peak, Life on the Edge, Hawkins Peak, Jobs Sister, Monument Peak to Gardnerville, Trimmer Peak, Waterhouse Peak, Emigrant Basin/Melissa Coray Peak, Thunder Bowl to Silver Lake, Angora Lakes, Potholes, Taylor Creek, Fallen Leaf Lake, Upper Truckee River, Horsetail Falls, Eagle Falls, Emerald Bay, Skunk Harbor, Glen Alpine Falls, Echo Peak, Mount Rose, Rubicon Peak, and Mount Dana. [Top]