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Squaw Valley is the #1 ski resort

By November 12, 2012

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We already knew that some of our Lake Tahoe area ski resorts were among the best in North America, but it's nice when that fact is acknowledged by a popular publication.

Squaw Valley USA ski resort near Lake Tahoe Squaw Valley USA ski resort near Lake Tahoe.
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In a recent article in Outside Magazine, Squaw Valley was selected as #1 among the top 40 ski resorts in a survey that spanned the continent from California to Maine in the U.S. and from British Columbia to Quebec in Canada. Squaw Valley wasn't the only Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada resort in the top 40. Here are the others...

  • #5 - Mammoth Mountain
  • #13 - Heavenly
  • #25 - Sugar Bowl
  • #27 - Kirkwood
  • #34 - Sierra-at-Tahoe
  • #37 - Alpine Meadows

The criteria used for selection leaned heavily on amenities as a destination resort. That left out local favorite Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, which has no overnight accommodation and doesn't really need them since it's so close to Reno.

Opening dates can be iffy (if there is enough snow, if it is cold enough, etc.). Here is what the resorts are telling us at this point... Update: Some resorts, including Squaw Valley, have moved up their opening dates. The new dates are included in this list.

  • Alpine Meadows - December 7
  • Boreal - November 11
  • Diamond Peak - December 13
  • Donner Ski Ranch - no announcement at this time
  • Granlibakken - no announcement at this time
  • Heavenly - November 14
  • Homewood - December 14
  • Kirkwood - November 16
  • Mt. Rose - November 21
  • Northstar California - November 14
  • Squaw Valley - November 16
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe - no announcement at this time
  • Sugar Bowl - November 17
  • Tahoe Donner - December 7

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