Truckee and Lake Tahoe are home to some of the greatest skiing in North America. The area has 10 major ski resorts to choose from including Northstar, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Heavenly and Kirkwood to name a few. The two most popular resorts happen to be the closest to Schaffer’s Mill; Squaw Valley is a short 20-minute drive and Northstar is just six miles to the south of Schaffer’s Mill, and are accessed via our Schaffer’s Mill private shuttle service throughout the winter.
The Village at Northstar, just minutes from Schaffer’s Mill and home to the Schaffer’s Mill Basecamp ski-lounge, adds a variety of fun and adventure to your Tahoe lifestyle. In the winter, the resort offers 3,180 acres of skiing for all skill levels, with a vertical drop of 2,280 feet. At the center of the village is the iconic skating rink, which bustles with activity all winter long. There’s a great variety of restaurants, cafes and apres-ski venues that add to your ski-village experience.
In the summer, Northstar transforms into a world of outdoor mountain adventure. The Village offers rock climbing, trampoline sessions, bungee jumping, and more – all surrounded by a great mix of village shops and restaurants that remain open year-round. Northstar has some of the best hiking and biking trails in the area, and there’s chairlift access to many of the mountain trails. Hikers can explore the whole mountain on their own or can take part in guided hikes throughout the summer.
While the nearby ski villages add great variety to your Tahoe lifestyle, what adds even more is the ease of access provided by our Basecamp and shuttle service. Located across from Starbucks in Northstar Village, Basecamp provides member-access to ski and snowboard storage, boot dryers, day lockers, drinks, snacks and entertainment. Add in the convenience of the Schaffer’s Mill Shuttle Service, which provides transportation to and from Northstar, and you have an incredible ski-in, ski-out-like experience.
Unique to Squaw Valley is their dog sledding experience that takes place through the beautiful Squaw Valley meadow. Wilderness Adventurers offer 1 hour, 2.5-mile guided tours with a racing guide leading 10 Alaskan Huskies. The dog sled fits four people and doesn’t exceed speeds over 15 MPH, so small children are welcome to join.
The Squaw Valley Aerial Tram is a memorable way to get all the panoramic views that Squaw has to offer. The 10-minute tram reaches 8,200 feet in elevation, where you can depart for High Camp, where visitors can enjoy food, drinks and one of the most unique pool and hot tub settings you’ll ever see.
The setting for the 1960 Olympics, Squaw Valley is home to 6,000 acres of skiing, with 42 lifts and 236 runs, including KT-22, voted best chairlift in North America. KT-22 is an expert’s nirvana and an iconic chairlift—not just at Squaw Valley, but in the world of skiing and snowboarding. The zone is 2,000 vertical feet of steeps, chutes and cliffs, and hands-down the best expert terrain in Tahoe. After a day of skiing, there’s an iconic Olympic village filled with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.
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