Posted March 11, 2010 by Jamie Moore
Get a natural high and soak up some California sunshine at Squaw Valley ski resort. After navigating 4,000 acres of skiable terrain, plot your way to great deals on non-skiing adventures. And don't miss uncorking boutique bottles at a hip wine bar or the Olympic Inn, which puts you in the heart of Squaw's nonstop action.
Squaw Valley: Sure, 450 inches of annual snowfall, 300 days of sun, and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe could make any ski resort spectacular. But forgo the slopes and you'll unearth lots of other winter fun. Take the cable car 2,000 feet up and try out your skating moves on the high-altitude rink ($29 for both). Or, zoom down the mountain on a snow-tube ($16). You can even leave the mountaintops behind and explore the resort's namesake valley on a snowshoe adventure.
Uncorked at Squaw Valley: Sample fine wines and delectable cheese plates at Uncorked, located in the Village at Squaw Valley. This hip wine bar is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Come learn more about winemaking and listen to live music at the weekend tastings, or simply purchase a bottle of boutique wine to take back to your room.
Olympic Village Inn: This homey inn offers easy access to Squaw Valley's chairlifts. When the slopes close, soak off skiing aches in the five outdoor spas. In the outdoor heated pool, you can marvel at panoramic views of the valley and mountains. Or, spend a free afternoon sledding or snowshoeing with the inn's complimentary equipment.
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(Photo: Squaw Valley USA)