Northern California December 04, 2016
This Scenic Tram Ride In Northern California Will Take You To The Top Of The World
There’s nothing quite like a scenic tram ride at Squaw Valley Ski Resort. It runs year round and takes you up out of the quaint village of Squaw, above condos and over skiers sliding on the slopes, and finally to the top of the mountain.
Your scenic tram ride at Squaw Valley starts far below in the charming and fun village. It features plenty of boutiques and outdoorsy shops as well as some delicious places to grab a bite to eat.
From the bottom of the mountain, you won't be able to see your final destination at the top. The view is obscured by this ridgeline, called "tram face."
Hop in the tram, however, and you will quickly crest this peak and see your final destination, known as Tram Face. To ride in the tram, it costs about $30 a person. You can ski into the resort from this spot in the winter, but be sure to purchase your lift tickets if you want to explore other runs down at the base.
This view of the Squaw Valley village was taken from the tram at about 1200 feet above the valley.
It's pretty cozy and stable in the tram, but you might want to hold on to something. It does tend to sway a bit when it passes over the supporting posts that hold it up in the air.
The view of the surrounding ski area and all the folks below you will entertain and delight you as you ride. Skiers and snowboarders who know Squaw Valley well can even scope out their favorite runs.
Whether you are interested in skiing or merely taking a gander at all the winter sports enthusiasts, you'll definitely get a kick out of the experience.
The sight of the 1960 winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is known for being a world class ski destination. You might even spot a few professional athletes who call this resort home!
It's also strikingly beautiful, and the best way to see it is from the tram. Keep an eye out for Lake Tahoe just over a few peaks.
It's especially fun to ride in the winter because you can really appreciate the snow capped peaks and the fun skiing culture this resort is known for.
When you reach the top, get out and walk around before riding back down. There's an amazing observation deck that is ideal for a group photo.
If the weather is nice, it also makes for an amazing place to picnic or have a coffee. Bring an extra layer, though. When you reach the top you'll be over 8,000 feet above sea level. The winds are fierce and the temperatures chilly up at these elevations.
If you feel like taking a dip, you can also swim in the pool or splash around in the hot tub at high camp. I bet you never thought you would be able to do that at the top of the world!
The pool is open year round, winter and summer. It's fun to see the ski hill when the snow melts because you can better understand the steepness of the slopes.
Many folks will hike up the mountainside in the summer and then ride the tram down. It's free to ride it down once you make it to the top.
Despite the fun opportunities for summer recreation, winter is a truly spectacular time at Squaw Valley.
One visit here and you'll be hooked. Whether you crave the winter views or the fun and challenging skiing, nothing beats Squaw Valley.
The tram ride definitely is the icing on the cake here, however. It's the only tram of this size in the North Tahoe area and is thoroughly exciting for all visitors.
Have you ridden the tram at Squaw Valley? It’s an exhilarating experience and a must see for any Northern Californian who loves the mountains.