Squaw Valley differs from almost any other North American ski area in the range of dining choice on-mountain, with more than 20 establishments to choose from compared to the normal handful. Many of the on-mountain restaurants are located at the High Camp complex, 8,200 feet / 2,500m up, from where there are spectacular views (as there are from those other eateries not at High Camp too!).
Alexander’s Cafe (+1 (530) 452 7278) has huge floor-to-ceiling windows from which to make the most of the views. The Terrace Restaurant (+1 (530) 452 7122) has a cafeteria service for soup, sandwiches and similar allowing for a fast turnaround if you’re in a hurry to get back on the slopes. Wildflour Too is the option if you just have a craving for good coffee and cakes.
A second base at Gold Coast has three options, the large Arc cafeteria has all you’d expect and some asian dishes; the newer 39° North is rather more upscale with an onus on service and imaginative cuisine and there’s also the Crossroads Cafe for lighter meals including wraps, plus a good coffee.
Over at the far east lift you have a choice of an outdoor crepe or an indoor Mexican.
Restaurants In Town
There are now more than 50 places to eat in and around Squaw Valley, providing a wide range of culinary experiences with flavours from all around the world and everything from a simple burger to gourmet fine dining available.
Many of the establishments mentioned as après ski venues are also good for dinner, and vice versa, for example Mamaske is as famed for its sushi as for its saki bombs, and the Blue Coyote Sports Grill is great for its all American food like buffalo wings and burgers as well as for its sports TV.
The Zenbu Tapas Lounge serves organic Mediterranean Asian fusion food or for pizza try the Fireside Pizza Company (+1 (530) 584 6150).
The PlumpJack Cafe and Graham’s are options for higher calibre cuisine.
The main spot for grocery buying in The Village at Squaw Valley is Alice's Mountain Market (+1 (530) 581 2014) which has a good selection of groceries as well as snacks, DVDs, books and newspapers, beers and wines.