It might not be the first thing you think of, but dogs are a big feature of Squaw Valley and most of the locals share their love of the outdoors with their canine companions. So much so that a dog lover’s shop, Squaw Dogs, opened in The Village in summer 2010. This not only provides all doggy essentials and plenty of those over-the-top extras for which American dog lovers are famed, including life vests for dogs going on a big adventure trip. Apart from picking up souvenirs to take home for your own pooch, Squaw Dogs organises “meet and greets” with Squaw Valley’s avalanche rescue dogs and Doggie Date Nights at the Slot Grille on Monday evenings. Apart from the shopping you can also try dog sledding (+1 (530) 583 6300) with a wide range of tours available.
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The arrival of The Village at Squaw Valley has more than doubled the number of retail outlets available at the resort so that you now have 20 or so shops, and quite an eclectic collection at that with lots of good browsing potential!
There are half a dozen ski shops in the base area including North Face and Patagonia brand stores, a kids specialist and a Squaw Valley company shop.
The widest range of shops is in The Village at Squaw Valley Gallery where you’ll find another half dozen sports and clothing stores including social conscious clothing store Blue Sky (+1 (530) 584 6074), Edin Boutique (+1 (530) 584 6145) for funky fashion and First Street Leather (+1 (530) 584 6065), a business established for more than 30 years in the area selling fine leather products including handbags, shoes, boots, coats and jackets.
Gift options include the Keoki gallery (+1 (530) 583 1404) which features local and international work across most mediums from photography through glass, ceramics and sculptures, while Mind Play (+1 (530) 584 6133) has a good selection of toys, books and gifts. The Rainbow Bridge (+1 (530) 584 6100) describes itself as a “cosmic store for the soul,” and sells crystals, jewellery, local art, uplifting books and similar.
There are also specialist soaps, shoes and sunglasses stores and if you’re feeling creative, Waxen Mood (+1 (530) 584 6006) sells candles and lets you make your own, while at All Fired Up (+1 (530) 583 2468) you paint your own pottery.