Squaw Valley USA

Squaw Valley USA

1960 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, California 96146
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Squaw Valley USA is an all-season resort near Lake Tahoe. In summer, dogs ride free on scenic cable-car rides to High Camp, a sports complex at 8,200 feet that includes an ice rink, swimming pool complex, umbrella bar, restaurant and access to many hiking trails.

The base-area Village at Squaw offers many dog-friendly outdoor dining options. Pet-friendly lodging is available at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn and elsewhere in the area, but not at the Village at Squaw, where only owner's dogs are allowed in condominiums.

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Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall
Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall
Lake Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, but you have to be a very early riser to get a parking spot at a dog-friendly beach on weekends. Our advice: Sleep in, then head for High Camp, the high-altitude recreation complex at Squaw Valley USA, where a pool, hot tub, roller rink, limitless hiking options and plenty of free parking await. There are two ways up: the dog-friendly Shirley Lake Trail or the iconic (and dog-friendly) aerial trammore »
As anyone coming up to Lake Tahoe from sea level knows, that first day of hiking above 6,500 feet is a pant-inducing endeavor. But did you know that you (and your dog) can “cheat?” more »
Tessa & Jax hike Tahoe. Photo Credit: Julie Wetzel
Tessa & Jax hike Tahoe. Photo Credit: Julie Wetzel
Scenery is what it’s all about at North Lake Tahoe, and there are so many ways to fill your eyes that we can mention only a few (more hikes here). If a casual stroll will satisfy, check out the new Tahoe City Lakeside Trail, a paved, multiuse path joining two segments of the 19-mile bike path hugging the Truckee River all the way to Squaw Valley USA, where a new parking area with restrooms has been established. Also on the easy side is Page Meadow (sometimes spelled “Paige”), where you’ll encounter beautiful mid-summer wildflower displays along with glorious views of the lake and the snow-dappled Sierra crest.   more »

Each March, just as high-season crowds start to dwindle, North Lake Tahoe throws a 10-day, family-friendly party called SnowFest. It's the favorite winter week of the year for many locals, and chock-full of activities ranging from the tame (pancake breakfasts, snow-queen pageant) to the just plain wacky. (Human bowling, anyone?)

"Family-friendly" includes Fido of course, and this year's 30th annual fest, which kicked off last weekend and continues through Sunday, features many events that you and your pooch can enjoy together.

On Saturday, Kings Beach is the place to be for an 11:30 a.m. parade followed by a Dress Up Your Dog Contest sure to keep you in stitches. If your tastes run a little more to the, er, extreme, head over to the Village at Squaw Valley, where a SnowFest Decompression Party starts at noon and continues to the wee hours. The free outdoor event features Purgatory Cruiser, which bills itself as a "flame-throwing, space-pod moon-rover of doom." (We think that translates to "loud.") You won't know until you get there how your dog will respond to fire dancers and down beatz, but it might be worth showing up around 9 p.m. for the first ever "snowman burn" featuring a 25-foot "man" going up in flames. Or not.

On Sunday, hope for sunny skies and take your pick of winter entertainment. On tap are the Quicksilver Ta-Hoe-Nalu Stand Up Arctic Paddle Race in Tahoe City; a snowman building contest at the Kings Beach Library; and a snow sculpture contest at River Ranch on Highway 89. More offbeat, if a little out of the way, is the Tahoe Donner Association's Ididarun, a Donner-Party themed (hmmm) dog-pull race in which canine competitors pull sleds gussied up to look like covered wagons. The event benefits the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, and there will absolutely be no flame-throwing allowed.

Squaw Valley USA's iconic cable car offers what is perhaps the most dramatically scenic mechanized mountain high at Lake Tahoe. Many passengers in the stand-up conveyance experience vertigo as dizzying panoramas pass before and beneath them during the 2,000-foot vertical ascent. more »
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