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The Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Rd.
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Phone: 800-403-4434 or 530-583-6300
Fax: 530-581-6632

Ski and Après Ski Heaven
By Rubin Carson

The Resort at Squaw Creek is located 42 miles west of Reno/Tahoe International Airport and six miles from Lake Tahoe's shoreline. A resort shuttle collects you at baggage claim and in less than an hour you're snugly sitting in a room mesmerized by vistas of Squaw Valley's snow-covered peakshome of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Two minutes is all it takes for ski-buffs to reach the on-property ski lift and ski-in/ski out access to 4000 acres of Switzerland-class terrain. Après skiers (dedicated couch potatoes) can imagine they're on a luxury liner surrounded by five restaurants and full-service spa. Instead of shore excursions, a call to concierge provides exciting-but-sedentary experiences right out of Jack London's "Call of the Wild". Think sleigh rides drawn by Blond Belgium horses and dog sled tours pulled by yelping teams of Siberian Huskies (don't forget to yell "mush!").

Some things are definitely not Jack Londonesque. 403 luxury accommodations include deluxe rooms, oversized suites and bi-level penthouse units. Panoramic windows in guest rooms frame majestic backdrops of surrounding granite-peaked mountains. All guest rooms have full baths, in-room coffee, large TVs, and honor bars. The young staff, all of whom look like recruits from extreme snowboarding teams are super-friendly. They appear grateful (even surprised) when being tipped.

Belgium-born and trained chef Jacques supervises the five on-property restaurants, which range from prize-winning gourmet, northern Italian,
California buffet, deli and pub. One signature dish sampled was Colorado rack of lamb cooked Moroccan style with couscous, roasted garlic mascarpone, and natural lamb jus
succulent and wonderful. Another was classic French: pan-fried breast of squab with duck leg in crispy confit, savory corn, and foie gras tartette. As good as anything in Dordogne. Not to be missed are the pub's French fries which arrive piping hot and woven in a basket-weave design. Accompanied by a flagon of whatever they pour from Lake Tahoe's endless microbreweries, this combination provides an exquisitely degenerate pig-out that you'll long remember.

Non-skiers have more than dining, dogsleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides to delight them. These include three heated swimming pools, two outdoor Jacuzzis and one indoor, an executive fitness center, on-property boutiques, fully supervised children's programs dubbed Mountain Buddies, shuttles to Nevada's shoreline for year-round gambling and a luxury spa fit for a queen that features treatments like hot stone massages perfect for every ache and pain.

Resort at Squaw Creek is heaven because you can sit in your room 24 hours and day and enjoy piping hot room service. And you can boast to your friends what an exciting time you had. Why? Because for confirmed après skiers all the activities you see outside your picture window can be counted as adventure travel.



(Updated: 06/27/08 HC)

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