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Most of the campsites located near a freeway are often also located near train tracks. Depending on how sound travels, I hear freeway traffic and/or train whistles at night.
I had to laugh the night I stayed at the Best Western when, snuggled into a comfy king size bed with six marshmallow-soft pillows,I heard a train ...
... in July things get, shall we say, a little toasty. When we decided to bypass Winnemucca (seriously, a one-horse town) and to travel on I got got the web to see when we could park for the night. Of course, Walmart was always an option...according to Tim! GOD BLESS SMART PHONES! As I was looking up KOA parks along the way I perused Orbitz to see ...
... this area is know for river rafting as well as hiking and biking. Truckee was an interesting old western town built on the transcontinental railway. We checked out the train station and apparently there's a passenger train that still goes all the way from Sacramento to Chicago. If you take this train, you can only go one way and must stay the night before returning to your original destination. On the way home, we stopped in ...
Today, the Wallers learned to ski. The kids think it's great, Caragh used the word "palava" once or twice. Granted there was a good deal of lugging gear, and getting on and off various transportation devices. The ski school close to our lodge isn't yet open due thin snow cover, so we had to get a bus, second bus, monorail, and gondola to the start of our lessons. Snow is average for this early in the season by local standards (so not all runs are open), but was fantastic by ...
... the Lake.
On the Friday, our last day, we went on the 5 Lake trail. To cut a long story short we saw only two lakes (I think the others were dry) and we got lost on the way back, which was kind of scary since we were in the middle of nowhere. We then took a dip in a nearby river (like the Corsican torrents) before heading back home. Next time I would do the white-water rafting on the river, since it looks like a great time. Camping isn't SO Bad.
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Just got back from Squaw...booked thru Expedia, flew on America West, very good airline, on time and friendly...Stayed in Village at Squaw Valley from March 21 to 25th 2005...No need for car..we took Stretch Limo from Reno airport for $120 for 4 people, with stocked bar!!, Awesome Limo Company, Cecil our driver was there and waiting at baggage claim..ride was about one hour...North Tahoe Limo, -------...Do not!!, repeat Do not!! use the shuttle service that Village at Squaw Valley reccomends..North Tahoe Executive Shuttle. ------...you will have to share a shuttle van for the same amount $120.
I spent hours researching the best Squaw lodging. After reading all the reviews, and being blown away by the rates everywhere in the valley, I chose the Village. Go with calling and booking directly because I had problems dealing with the online people when I had a travel glitch later on.
I really liked the idea of being close to the ski resort and thought the Village would be a great upscale place to stay. The rooms were expensive and so I had high expectations. We choose a one bedroom condo as suggested by our reservationist. When we got there the room was so small and overcroweded with furniture my family could not even walk around. When one person got up the others had to sit so they could get by. Every night was a new noise to keep us awake. The place was just dirty. I purposely placed a piece of plastic outside our room to see if anyone was cleaning the hall. It was there for 3 days along with other bits of trash that accumulated. I called down to the front desk for information about ice skating and the gal told me she just didn't know how much it cost. I had to find out for myself. At $400 a night, I want the front desk to work a little harder to have information about services at their resort! The gate for the underground parking was malfunctioning. It ripped the license plate off the front of my car one day and the next day as we were leaving, it was completely out of service and had obiously crashed down on someone's car. Save you money for the great food at the Village and stay at a condo across the street!!!!!
Snow, Snow, Snow,
Stayed at the Village while visiting squaw over the first weekend of January. Must have had about 15 feet of snow.
Village has come a long way since our last visit when they were still building half of it, the rooms were great and the retail has filled in nicely. Service was good and we liked the underground parking and proximity to KT and the other lifts.
Once the snow stopped, you couldn't beat the skiing!
The grocery store (Alice's) was a great addition for shopping and DVD's. Also liked the new shops and restaurants.
Will be back.
A Winter Wonderland!
Last week, we enjoyed a great 7 night visit to the Village at Squaw Valley. Our 2 bedroom condo was immaculate and very comfortable. The location is perfect-- slopeside and surrounded by shops and restaurants. Our two children (ages 2 and 6) did not want to leave and neither did we!
I stayed with my wife and two kids ( 10 & 13) at the Village at Squaw Valley from Sunday 12/19/05 till Thursday 12/23/05. We rented a 1 bedroom unit on the 4th floor. We stayed at the 1st Ascent building that
Best Hotel I've Ever Been To
I stayed at this hotel recently for two nights, this is the most amazing hotel I have ever been to. The rooms are spacious and come with ever possible feature, fully-stocked kitchens, and comfy beds. The village at the hotel is also amazing, ever store you could possibly need. If you are in any doubt about picking a hotel in Squaw Valley, go for this one, you will not be disappointed in this reviewer's eyes.
New but Noisy
We stayed for four nights (July 2004) with our children in a two-bedroom condo that was new and clean, but better equipped for winter holiday than summer fun. Since we were gone during the day and the nights are cool in Tahoe, we wouldn't have minded the lack of a/c, but the area surrounding the hotel was so noisy that keeping windows open at night meant that we heard every late-night conversation and carousing in the surrounding parking lot. There were also multiple alarms that sounded in nearby rooms early in the mornings that the management had a hard time turning off. So our only complaint was the noise, and that was significant enough that we will not be returning to this hotel. Other than those concerns the hotel was very clean and comfortable.
I stayed at the Village at Squaw Valley during New Years. The most striking feature of the Village at Squaw Valley is the location. It's the ultimate ski-in ski-out location. I was able to walk with my family to the lifts or gondola in minutes, ski all morning, come back for lunch and hot chocolate, get back on the runs and ski all afternoon with ease. The village is Intrawest's latest attempt to recreate a mountain village, dinning, shopping experience. Overall they've accomplished that goal. The Village has a heavy stone/wood feel to the buildings whch contrast the older Olympic buildings of Squaw valley ski resort. The shops range in variety from selling tourist clothing to incense and soap stores. Needless to say, everything is a bit overpriced. (Do I really need to buy a $25 bottle of oil that smells like a High Sierra snowfall?) As high priced as the stores were, they were nothing compared to the restuarants in the village. The Plumpjack Balboa Cafe for takeout was selling hamburgers for $10! Thank goodness we had a kitchen in our room. The Village needs to install a grocery/deli on its grounds. Since we happened to be snowed in for two days, we ran out of milk and eggs. There was no place to buy these simple items without driving out of the resort. If you want to eat at a better price, I recommend one of the older resturaunts in the Olympic Village area. Our accomodations were a two bedroom cono unit overlooking the village with a nice view of the mountains behind. The room was clean and nicely furnished with a mountain Sierra motif. My only complaint about the room was a basic design flaw with the French doors to the balcony which you needed a degree in engineering to close and open. The heating was also uncontrollable due to a radiant heat in the floor design. I was told by the front desk to "heat the room to the temperature you like and then turn it off; otherwise it will continue to heat until it becomes too hot". (Huh?) The front desk staff was polite; but, reminded me of untrained college students on winter break when it came to providing general information about the resort. They need to have more knowledge of the resort. ski conditions, road closures etc. Overall my experience was very positive. I love the snow and granted I visited the resort at the busiest most expensive time of the year when Holiday rates are in effect; so I kind of expect to be taken over by high prices. I would recommend visiting at a time when you can get a better deal (early ski season or early spring). The beauty of the High Sierras in the winter was something I shall not forget. Six feet of snow fell when I was there, it was truly a winter wonderland.