Squaw Valley Opens for Summer on June 15
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] June 4, 2012 – As schools wind down for the year, things are just revving up at Squaw Valley. Families can look forward to a summer full of mountain adventures and incredible activities at Squaw. Guests can ride the scenic Aerial Tram up to elevation 8,200 feet and enjoy the resort’s open-air roller rink and pool and hot tub – both located on the top of the mountain with expansive views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Squaw’s Aerial Tram, roller rink and mountaintop pool will all be open daily starting June 15. Well-behaved and leashed family pets are also welcome on the Tram all summer long.
Down in the base area, families can test themselves on Squaw Valley Adventure Center’s ropes course or enjoy a round of mini-golf in The Village at Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley Adventure Center’s ropes course and Skyjump bungee trampoline are scheduled to open June 2, while the climbing wall and mini-golf course in The Village are schedule to open on June 9.
The remainder of Squaw Valley’s summer activities will open on June 29 including the resort’s new adult-size mountaintop zipline (to complement the existing kid-sized zipline) and mountaintop paintball. With incredible views of Lake Tahoe in a pristine alpine setting, Squaw Valley is the ultimate destination for this summer’s big adventures.
Summer Activity Information
This summer, guests can roller skate at elevation 8,200 feet at the High Camp Roller Rink (known as the Olympic Ice Pavilion in the resort’s winter months). Roller skating is $15 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under with all tickets including traditional quad roller skate rentals. Accessed via the resort’s Aerial Tram, the High Camp Roller Rink overlooks beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Guests can purchase Roller Skate and Tram combo packages for $38 for adults, $28 for youth (13-18) and $14 for children 12 and under. The High Camp Roller Rink will be open daily starting June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
Swimming Pool and Hot Tub
The High Camp Swimming Pool and Hot Tub allows guests to soak up the California sunshine amidst Squaw Valley’s majestic peaks. Swim and splash around with the whole family in the free-form pool or relax in the hot tub overlooking the brilliantly colored wildflowers and Lake Tahoe. Lunchtime is the perfect moment to enjoy a juicy burger or fresh salad from the Poolside Café or a cold drink from the Umbrella Bar. Pool entrance is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Pool and Tram combo packages can also be purchased for $38 for adults, $32 for youth (13-18) and $15 for kids 12 and under. The pool and hot tub will be open daily starting June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
Squaw offers two mountaintop paintball courses – a Woodsball course stretching out on a ridgeline with trees and boulders as natural obstacles, and a smaller Speedball course with obstacles made of hay bales. Semi-automatic paintball guns and mandatory safety equipment are all included. Open to kids ages 10 and up, paintball is $32 for adults/youth and $26 for kids (10-12). Squaw Valley’s paintball courses are also available for parties, corporate events and team building exercises. Paintball will be open daily starting June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
With Squaw’s new addition of a new, bigger zipline for the 2012 summer season – Squaw offers two mountaintop zipline experiences for families and kids of all ages. Whether suspended high in the sky – or slightly lower to the ground for the kids zip-line, guests can soar through the air and take in incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. The kids zipline (recommended for kids 12 and under) costs $15 for two rides or $20 for a four-zip punch card. The main zipline, open to all ages, is $18 for two rides or $35 for a five-zip lunch card. The zip-line will be open daily starting June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
Squaw Valley brings disc golf to a whole new level, offering 18-holes of fun at elevation 8,200’. Access to the disc golf course is free with an Aerial Tram ticket. The course is slated to open June 15 at High Camp pending snow melt conditions. Discs will be available for purchase at the High Camp retail store. Disc Golf will be open daily starting June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.
Squaw Valley offers two breathtaking mountaintop tennis courts at elevation 8200’. Access to the courts is free with an Aerial Tram ticket and players are encouraged to bring their own equipment and balls. Tennis racquets and special high altitude tennis balls are also available for purchase and rent (racquets only) at the High Camp retail store. The tennis courts will be open daily starting June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended operations on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.
Hikers can experience Squaw Valley’s pristine alpine beauty though the mountain’s vast trail network. The Aerial Tram allows families with young children (and little legs) and those looking for a mellower climb to start the hike at elevation 8200’ and have immediate access to views of Lake Tahoe and mountaintop hiking trails. Those looking for a moderate to difficult climb can hike Squaw Valley’s Shirley Canyon, where the hike leads through lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. Hikers can also ride the Tram up and then hike down through Shirley Canyon – or hike up Shirley Canyon and ride the Tram down for free, cutting the hike in half without giving up any of the sites and views. Well behaved and leashed dogs are also welcome on the Aerial Tram free of charge.
A great activity for families with kids of all ages is a leisurely bike ride to Lake Tahoe from Squaw Valley. Starting at The Village at Squaw Valley, a paved bike path runs the length of the Truckee River until it meets Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City. The approximately seven mile bike ride is set completely apart from the road, allowing for safe biking in addition to great views of the Truckee River and surrounding wildlife. Squaw rents bicycles in The Village at Squaw Valley – including trail-a-bikes for kids and mesh trailers for little ones who would rather relax for the bike ride. Once in Tahoe City, families can enjoy lunch and an ice cream or go for a dip in Lake Tahoe. (Note: The bike path has little incline or decline, making it an easy ride for athletic families).
All Access Passes
Guests can experience all the activities that Squaw Valley has to offer this summer with the All Access Pass. $63 for adults, $57 for youth and $30 for kids 12 and under provides day access to Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram, roller rink, ziplines, swimming pool and hot tub and miles of beautiful hiking trails. Please note that the All Access Pass excludes paintball.
Squaw Valley Adventure Center
The Squaw Valley Adventure Center offers an array of fun for the entire family. Activities include an extensive ropes course, Skyjump bungee trampoline, climbing wall and a miniature golf course that runs through The Village at Squaw Valley. The ropes course is open daily starting June 2 with two sessions daily or group reservations. The Skyjump bungee trampoline will be open daily from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. starting June 2. The climbing wall and the miniature golf course be open daily starting on June 9 – the climbing wall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the miniature golf course from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. In summer, Squaw’s scenic Aerial Tram transports guests to el. 8,200’ to experience an array of exciting activities in a spectacular mountain setting including swimming, hiking, roller skating, paintball and ziplining. At the base of the mountain, Squaw’s vibrant Village offers shopping, al fresco dining, and music festivals all summer long.
For great summer lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit squaw.com.
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