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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
1920 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
530-583-1576, 800-323-7666

Robust Living
Not Your Average Ski Resort

The entrance to PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation.

Forget rustic log beam ceilings and antlers mounted on the walls. From the outside, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn may look like your typical lodge-style ski resort, but within it's another world entirely. One in which whimsical urban-esque touches are showcased throughout, from the sculpted copper wall hangings to the playful, royal purple harlequin bedding.

The inn is housed in a building that was originally constructed in 1959 for the delegation of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It was completely renovated and revitalized by PlumpJack in 1995, and while its charisma stands on its own, it is almost impossible to describe without mentioning its parent company, whose philosophy strongly informs its mood. PlumpJack is a mini empire devoted to robust living. It began in San Francisco in 1992 with the PlumpJack Wine Store; restaurants, a nightclub, a Napa Valley winery known for its Cabernets and the inn followed. As for the name, it was inspired by the irreverent, fun-loving spirit of Shakespeare's Falstaff, who was nicknamed Plump Jack by Queen Elizabeth. It is this spirit that shaped the inn.

The inn's rooms are noted for their earth tones and mountain views The pool area boasts a one-of-a-kind outdoor pizza oven

With just 61 rooms, the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn can't compete in scale with the major resorts. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in artistry. Metal is used dramatically, reflecting the warm lighting and setting a cozy, genial tone. The rooms emphasize soft earth tones, lots of texture and mountain views that are to die for. Among the amenities, you'll find everything you need to settle in-thick hooded robes, slippers and beds swathed in down comforters.

Not only is PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn one of the area's premier lodgings, it houses one of the area's premier restaurants. It is home to the PlumpJack Café, whose highly acclaimed forerunner of the same name resides in San Francisco.

Distracted by the intriguing interiors, it's sometimes easy to forget what is right outside the front door. The inn sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, whose evergreens embrace the two-story Conference Center and the pool area, which boasts a one-of-a-kind, outdoor pizza oven. The inn is also just a few steps from the terminal for the Squaw Valley cable car, which is an attraction in and of itself.

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn has redefined this region, turning it into more than just a day skiing destination. Now, travelers with a penchant for style have a reason to hang their hats (and prop up their skis) and stay awhile. For the ultimate experience, spend the day on the slopes, have dinner at the café and then head back out for one last ski down a floodlit trail to your room.

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