The Resort At Squaw Creek (Palisades Tahoe) Review: Luxury Living In Lake Tahoe

The Resort At Squaw Creek is the best place to vacation in Lake Tahoe
Dumping snow at The Resort At Squaw Creek!

The Resort At Squaw Creek is the best place to vacation in Lake Tahoe. This is my Resort At Squaw Creek review. The Resort is also called The Resort At Palisades Tahoe now.

Lake Tahoe, California is one of my favorite places to vacation in America. Lake Tahoe is situated roughly 205 miles away from San Francisco and 35 minutes from the Reno, Nevada airport. I've been coming to The Resort at Squaw creek since 2001 for snowboarding, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking, swimming, biking, fishing and more!

Lake Tahoe Is A Great Vacation Spot

Most people think of Lake Tahoe as a winter destination given the 1960 Winter Olympics were hosted in Squaw Valley USA. Squaw is one of the largest mountains with a 2,850 foot vertical; a top elevation of 9,050; 4,000 acres of skiable area and 270 trails after joining forces with Alpine Meadows in 2012.

The mountain is so big that even during peak holiday weekends, there's hardly ever a wait for the lifts when they are all open. Squaw has seen a record 700 inches of snow for the 2017 season so far. It's great for beginners and advanced skiers alike.

But if you're a summer lover, summer in Lake Tahoe can be even more beautiful! Every year I spend 4-5 weeks up at my place during the summer and fall for a writing retreat. I love to hike and there are scenic trails all around. 

With the desire by more people to leave heavily populated cities like San Francisco after the pandemic, Lake Tahoe is also attracting a lot more interested buyers and visitors.

The Resort At Squaw Creek (Palisades Tahoe) Review

I fell in love with The Resort At Squaw Creek when I first moved to San Francisco in 2001. I was 24 years old and just relocated from New York City for a new job in finance. The closest thing New York City has to skiable mountains is the Catskills, which are puny in comparison to the mountains of Lake Tahoe, Colorado, and Utah.

When I first began fantasizing about my ideal life I planned to create, I told myself I wanted to live and work in San Francisco and vacation in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii. I made it a goal to save as much money as I could to be able to buy a primary residence in San Francisco first and then seek out a vacation property in Tahoe later.

It wasn't until five years after I bought my primary residence in SF in 2003 that I saved up enough to buy a place in Tahoe at The Resort at Squaw Creek. The Resort sold its initial wave of condos in 2006-2007, and a couple were up for resale.

Owning a vacation property isn't for everyone. However, from a lifestyle perspective, I've enjoyed owning a place at The Resort At Squaw Creek, especially now that I have two children.

Snowboarding In Squaw, The Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe
The top of the exclusive ski-in/ski-out Squaw Creek Run overlooking the lake

Amenities At The Resort At Squaw Creek Review

  • Two pools, a water slide, and three hot tubs.
Pools and Hot tubs Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe - The Resort At Squaw Creek is the best place to vacation in Lake Tahoe
  • A world class restaurant, Six Peaks Grill, where I've never had a bad meal.
  • A deli that's always open, two more restaurants that are open depending on the season, and plenty of patio seating.
Food at Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe
  • Ski-in/Ski-out access to a blue mountain run called Squaw Creek. The run attaches to the rest of Squaw Mountain through a blue or black run called Red Dog, which goes down to The Village at Squaw Creek.
  • Valet service for your skis and snowboards. After you're done, just leave them on the rack and the valet will take away your gear and bring them outside the next morning.
Winter at The Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe
  • An on-site golf course, where they will also valet and clean your clubs for free. The course is challenging, and you will probably lose some balls because it's tight. I'd focus on using a 3 wood instead of a driver, unless you are incredibly accurate!
  • Multiple hiking trails
Golf and Hiking, Squaw, Lake Tahoe

* Dog sledding during the winter.

* Onsite fly-fishing training pond.

* A world-class spa with incredible different types of massages and other body treatments.

* Great gym with locker rooms that contain steam and sauna rooms.

* Onsite ice skating in the winter.

* Mountain bike rentals during the summer.

* Tennis, outdoor chess/checkers and lawn games in the summer.

The Resort At Squaw Creek Is The Best Place To Vacation In Lake Tahoe

I've vacationed everywhere around America and the world, and I definitely pick Lake Tahoe as one of the 10 best places to relax any time of the year. Squaw Valley is just three miles away from the lake where you can kayak, rent jet skis, go parasailing, or swimming. It's awesome to eat lunch on a sun-soaked deck overlooking the lake afterward.

If you want to try your luck on the tables, you can drive 35 minutes to Reno or 10-15 minutes to the California / Nevada border right off Lake Tahoe's west side.

It's much more adult-like and peaceful in the North and Western Lake Tahoe region. If you'd like more clubs, gambling, and rowdy times, South Lake Tahoe is the place for you.

Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe Panorama Winter Time
Snowboarding at Siberia Bowl, Squaw Valley

If You Want To Rent My Condo At The Resort At Squaw Creek

Want to check out The Resort At Squaw Creek and see for yourself why it's such a magical place to vacation? You can rent my luxury condo! For all you bargain hunters, the best deals and the quietest times are in April, May, September, October, early November (Resort shuts down for cleaning second half), and the first half of December before the holidays start.

The best times for winter skiing/snowboarding are December, January, February, March, and April, often through spring break. Prices tend to be more expensive during peak holidays, but my unit is 25% cheaper than other units on average. You can book via the links below.

The best times for warmer weather are end of May, June, July, August, September, and October.

Here are the details of my Lake Tahoe vacation rental for those interested.

The two bedroom, two bathroom condo has the following features:

* One king size bed, two queen size beds, and a pull out bed that occupies 1,025 square feet of space.

The Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Taho Rooms

* Two full bathrooms

The Resort At Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe Bathrooms

* Kitchenette and Dining table

Kitchen and Dining Rooms, Squaw, Lake Tahoe

* Gas fireplace and comfortable living room

* Three TVs

* Two desks

* Three closets

* Wifi included in the Resort Fee which goes to the Resort and not me.

* Peaceful forest view

Three Different Arrangments

My 2/2 condo can be rented in three different, private configurations. Click the links to check availability, make a reservation and bookmark!

1) A one bedroom suite with a living room (two rooms), king size bed, pull out queen bed, dining room, kitchenette (microwave, dishwasher, dishes, silverware, two electric cooktops, refrigerator, coffeemaker). Can comfortably sleep 4.

2) A studio with two queen beds, desk, and full bathroom. This is a stand-alone unit separated by a double door lockout. Can comfortably sleep 2-4.

3) The entire two bedroom, two bathroom which offers around 1,020 square feet and sleeps up to 8 comfortably. You get the entire unit you see in the picture.

Resort At Squaw Creek Two Bedroom Layout
Rent the entire two bedroom, reserve the left hand side private one bedroom suite, or the right hand side studio.

Using the links above, select check-in and check-out dates on the calendar and then click “Book Now.” You don't actually book anything yet after you press the button. The page just shows the total cost, including The Resort fee the Resort gets, and the one time cleaning fee upon departure.

Cleaning And Resort Fees To Be Aware Of

One thing to note is that The Resort At Squaw Creek chargers a reasonable $80 cleaning fee for the one-bedroom or studio. For the entire two-bedroom arrangement, the cleaning fee is $150 I believe. There is no intra-stay cleaning fee. Cleaners come after you check out for the next guest.

There is also a $40 a day resort fee, which is paid to The Resort upon checkout. This is standard for all resorts and is independent of room type.

Kayaking On Lake Tahoe
Kayaking On Lake Tahoe during the wonderful summer

Here are the links again to book!

Please BOOKMARK this page if you plan to vacation in Lake Tahoe in the future. I'm going to keep my Resort At Squaw Creek properties forever. Check back for availability anytime you want to head to the mountains. Even if you don't rent my place, I hope you'll have a chance to enjoy Lake Tahoe.

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