Family Trip Itinerary Ideas
Tram ride and family hike:
Squaw's scenic Aerial Tram offers incredible hiking opportunities for even the littlest of legs. The Tram ascends 2,000 feet, allowing families to hike on the upper mountain amidst wildflowers and amazing views of Lake Tahoe – without tackling the 2,000 vertical climb otherwise needed to get there. Families can also ride the Tram up and then hike down Squaw’s Shirley Canyon with cascading waterfalls – or hike up Shirley Canyon and ride the Tram down for free, cutting the hike in half without giving up any of the sites and views. Family pets are also allowed on the Tram in the summer (with leashes). Click here for pricing and details.
Family bike ride to Lake Tahoe:
A great activity for families with kids of all ages is a leisurely bike ride to Lake Tahoe from Squaw Valley. Starting at The Village at Squaw Valley, a paved bike path runs the length of the Truckee River until it meets Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City. The approximately seven mile bike ride is set completely apart from the road, allowing for safe biking in addition to great views of the Truckee River and surrounding wildlife. Squaw rents bicycles in The Village at Squaw Valley – including trail-a-bikes for kids and mesh trailers for little ones who would rather relax for the bike ride. Once in Tahoe City, families can enjoy lunch and an ice cream or go for a dip in Lake Tahoe. (Note: The bike path has little incline or decline, making it an easy ride for athletic families). Click here for more information.
For families with older kids (10 and up) and teens, Squaw’s mountaintop paintball makes for a great family activity. Squaw offers two paintball courses – a Woodsball course stretching out on a mountaintop ridgeline with trees and boulders as natural obstacles, and a smaller Speedball course made of hay bales. Squaw rents all the gear needed including paintball guns, paint and all the mandatory safety gear. Even reluctant moms will inevitably have a blast playing with paintball with their families. Click here for pricing and details.
With Squaw’s new addition of a sizable zipline for the 2012 summer season – Squaw offers two mountaintop ziplining experiences for families and kids of all ages. Whether suspended high in the sky – or slightly lower to the ground for the kids zip-line, families can soar through the air and take in incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Click here for pricing and details.
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Click here for full 2012 summer operations calendar.
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