Living in Squaw Valley

A guide for moving to the Squaw Valley area of Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking to live near Lake Tahoe but prefer privacy to tourism and want to avoid the immediacy of lakeside traffic, you may want to explore properties in Squaw Valley. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just across the California state line, Squaw offers the best of both worlds- an amazing natural playground, and a local mountain community. Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley was developed out of a need to host the events and participants, and has evolved in the decades since to provide world-class skiing, picturesque golf courses, relaxing day spas, and all the modern shopping and dining amenities you’d expect. 

Resort at Squaw Creek

  • The Resort at Squaw Creek was established in 2011, becoming one of the largest ski resorts in the USA. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities, 30 ski lifts, miles of trails, and year-round outdoor leisure opportunities to meet your mountain lifestyle needs. The resort is at the heart of Squaw Valley, where residents and weekend visitors go to meet, shop, and dine between runs up the ski lifts. 

  • Squaw Mountain itself is one of the best natural features. Squaw is one of the largest mountains in the area with 4,000 acres of skiable area and an elevation of 9,050 ft; a vertical drop of over 2,400 ft that also features roughly 270 trails for hiking or snowshoeing.


  • Housing in Squaw Valley continues to hold strong despite the challenges of the year. Homes here vary considerably, anything from custom luxury builds with spectacular mountain views, to cozy timber cabins nestled in the trees, to modern condos situated closer to the action. Squaw Valley properties start around $700,000 for smaller cabins, and go into eight-figure territory for larger homes. If you’re considering a condo, those start more reasonably around $200,000 but can also go above $2,000,000. You can find anything from luxury homes with panoramic views to more classic mountain cabins.

Lake Tahoe

  • Nearby destinations make for plenty of additional dining, shopping, and activities. With Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe only a few minutes south, and Truckee a few minutes north, Squaw Valley is close to it all. A quick 45-minute drive to Reno gets you to the nearest major airport.

When you’re ready to get serious about the search for a home or vacation property in Squaw Valley, contact Classic Tahoe Properties to guide you through the journey.