If there was ever a winter to get a condo at the base of the mountain, this is it.
Picture this: You wake up to fresh snow outside the window. But instead of bolting out of bed, searching for your gear all over the place, and shoveling out your buried car in an effort to hurry to the mountain, you leisurely make a cup of coffee. You check the snow report. When it’s time to go, you suit up, grab your skis or board, and walk out your door. Just like that, you’re at the lifts. No traffic. No parking. No hustle. No headache. That’s what it’s like when you’re staying slopeside at the Village at Squaw Valley. Need more reasons to stay at the mountain this winter? We’ve got seven of them.
1. You Can’t Beat the Convenience
With a crash pad at the base of the ski area, you aren’t hauling all of your gear across an icy parking lot to and from the lifts. You aren’t hoofing it back across that parking lot when you realize you forgot a glove or your season pass in the back of the car. And you’re not carrying your kids’ gear while luring them to walk just a little bit farther in their ski boots. Instead, you’re right there. Convenience is key when you stay steps from the lifts.
2. Easy Access to First Chair
You can sleep in longer than everyone else—and still nab first chair. Because you’re that close. You get to eliminate the commute, the parking. You don’t even have to warm up your car. Do you need more reasons than that? Time, especially these days, is so valuable, so give yourself the gift of a little extra time in the morning.
3. Get Your Own Private Space
Maybe you used to rent a ski lease with a big group of friends or another family. Or maybe you carpooled to Tahoe for the day with friends, or stayed with friends who live locally in the area. Unfortunately, those things are all a little tougher in the age of COVID-19. When we need to stick with our own household, staying with others can be risky. The Village at Squaw Valley has accommodations of all sizes, ranging from standard rooms to one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos. You can have your own private dwelling with a contact-free check-in and increased cleaning and sanitation efforts.
4. A Place to Retreat Midday
With lodges and restaurants having reduced capacity this year due to the virus, you won’t be able to pile into the lodge for lunch like you used to. Many people will be taking their hot chocolate breaks and lunch stops outside or back at their cars. But if you have a place in the Village at Squaw, you can pick up food to go from the many dining options (including many with online ordering) and bring it back to your place. All of the condos come with fully-equipped kitchens, too, so you can also whip up a hot lunch on your own.
5. You Can Work Remote
If you’re bringing your remote job for a midweek ski trip, good for you. Book lodging at the Village at Squaw Valley and you’ll get fast Wifi and quiet spaces to get work done or join a conference call. We won’t tell your boss you’ve been out skiing powder all morning.
6. Après Ski At Your Place
Don’t let a pandemic stop you from enjoying one of the best parts of ski culture: après ski. Just because you won’t be stepping into a crowded bar doesn’t mean you can’t pick up loaded tater tots and cocktails to go at the Auld Dubliner or a bottle of wine from Uncorked and bring it back to your place. If you happen to be staying right in the Village, then even better.
7. You Know What’s Happening at the Mountain
Staying in the Village at Squaw Valley means you’ll see what the weather, snow, and lifts are doing in real time. If the mountain operations teams are still working to get the lifts open on a storm day, you can hang out in your cozy studio until it’s go time. If the wind picks up and shuts down the upper mountain, you can pass the time in style. And you’ll have shops, restaurants, and all the amenities of Squaw Valley just outside your door.