About this listing
* Bright Great Room
* Vaulted Ceiling
* Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
* 3 bedrooms + Downstairs Studio Apartment
* Stairs to Sleeping Loft
* 3 full bathrooms
* 5 min to Squaw Valley's ski slopes
* 15 min to Lake Tahoe or Truckee
* 45 min to Reno
Easy to Find! Park Up to 6 Cars on This Level, Corner Property with 5 Rooms for Sleeping and 3 Full Bathrooms
SWIM, SKATE, OR SKI! Hike on the trails, fish in the river, fly down the slopes, or win big at the casino. Have a weeklong summer family reunion. Spend a weekend for some private time. Play in the snow all winter long.
SquawLodge™ is a wonderful 2600-square-foot, 3-story house with 5 rooms for sleeping and 3 full bathrooms on a quiet corner lot in Olympic Valley, home of top-rated Squaw Valley Ski Resort, site of the 1960 winter Olympics. This large Squaw Valley vacation rental is just 5 minutes to the ski lifts and a short drive to Truckee, Lake Tahoe or Reno for quick access to year-round activities. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a loft. Downstairs is a roomy studio apartment with its own kitchenette and bathroom. This house has a generous deck for all of your summer barbecues or to simply lay out under the sun with drink in hand. Enjoy wildflowers blooming beside your own creek in the spring. Breathe in the crisp autumn air scented by surrounding evergreens.
Brightly lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, the spacious and airy great room has a magnificent natural stone wood-burning fireplace to cozy up to in the winter. SquawLodge is furnished with comfortable beds that easily sleep up to 19 people (13 upstairs and 6 downstairs) with abundant floor area for sleeping bags. Snuggle under down comforters in the bedrooms. Stairs lead to the enclosed loft—a perfect hiding spot with its own TV and video player. An open kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, allowing you to easily socialize with your family and friends while they gather at the breakfast counter or large dining table. Peruse a book from our collection as you recline in an elegant wingback armchair. The snow room/laundry room with two dryers has ample capability to quickly dry your bathing suits or snow clothes. When you're not skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, sledding, skating, waterskiing, boating, fishing, swimming, jet-skiing, river-rafting, hiking, biking, golfing, clubbing, or gambling, you can play a board game or finish a puzzle with your loved ones. Stay connected with the rest of the world by watching DirectTV and surfing the wireless internet, or relish the solitude by quietly listening to soothing music and watching snowflakes fall while unwinding by a crackling fire.
Upstairs (Sleep up to 13):
Master Bedroom & Bath: 1 California King bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Queen Bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Non-standard King Bed (76 in X 75 in)
Loft: 2 Double Beds & 1 Twin Bed
Great Room: 1 Queen Sofa Bed
Downstairs Studio (Sleep up to 6):
2 California King Beds
1 Twin Daybed
1 Twin Trundle Bed
Bonus Sleeping Spaces:
1 Double Futon in Laundry Room
1 Twin Futon in Studio
Bed, table, kitchen, and bathroom linens; tablecloths; throw blankets; and pillows are provided.
We require a legible copy of your driver license (other forms of ID may be acceptable), a complete rental application, and a signed lease agreement.
Rate: Begins at $149/night (Varies due to seasonality and holidays) and does not include the 10% Placer County Transient Occupancy Tax which will need to be collected separately by check or money order.
Per Weeknight / Weekend Night
Spring -- $149 / $199
Summer -- $249 / $299
Winter -- $299 / $349
Holiday -- $499 / $499
Minimum Number of Nights: 2
[Varies due to holidays; Labor Day--3 night minimum***RESERVED***, Thanksgiving--4 night minimum, Christmas Period (Dec 18-27)--6 night minimum, New Year's Period (Dec 27-Jan 3)--6 night minimum, 2016 Ski Lease, Memorial Day--3 night minimum, Independence Day--3 night minimum )
Cleaning Fee: $275
Security Deposit: $800 (One month's rent for ski lease)
Pets not allowed.
Cancellation policy: Strict
Free amenities such as DirecTV and Internet access are not guaranteed. Although we strive to maintain these conveniences for our guests, weather and other reasons may make them unavailable during your stay. Please assist us by informing us of any problem and by working with technical support.
Rate calendar is up-to-date until 1/3/2016.
*****2016 Ski Rental*****
Standard four-month lease begins after the holidays on Friday, Jan 8th, 2016, 4 p.m. and ends Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 11 a.m. at $3895 per month. Utilities such as propane, electric, phone, internet, and satellite will be transferred to the renter. A one-month security deposit is required. Other rental periods will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The entire house is available to you, except for locked storage.
Move items and light furniture as you like, but please return them to the original location upon check-out or you may be charged for labor.
Interaction with Guests
You can reach us by message, phone or email. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns during your stay.
The neighborhood is very quiet. People enjoy taking daily strolls. Brush up on your astronomy by observing the many stars that are visible. Enjoy the chipmunks scampering around, but please keep your distance from other animals, domestic and wild.
We recommend that you have a vehicle to get to the myriad of Lake Tahoe and Reno destinations. However, you can always walk, bike or take the bus into The Village at Squaw Valley to enjoy the food and entertainment options there.
The Tahoe Area Rapid Transit Hwy 89 bus will also take you to Truckee and Tahoe City. To get to the bus stop, head toward Squaw Valley Road, then turn left. The bus stops are a couple of blocks away, close to the Resort at Squaw Creek. Allot 10-15 minutes for a leisurely walk there.
During ski season, the free Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley shuttle helps you experience both ski locations.
Other Things to Note
Please check out our recommended locations to visit by viewing our map/guidebook in this listing. A set of brochures of some popular activities are also available at SquawLodge.
SquawLodge™ is not a hotel. We offer our family home as a vacation rental. We expect you to do your part and learn about our amenities, follow the rules, and complete the check-out procedure in its entirety. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.
Check-in: 4 p.m.
Check-out: 11 a.m.
Failure to vacate on time may result in additional charges.
No smoking in the house or garage.
SquawLodge™ is in a quiet neighborhood where sound carries long distances. In consideration of our neighbors, please observe Quiet Time:
Weeknights: 10 p.m.
Weekends: 11 p.m.
Limit your water usage. California is in a prolonged severe drought and is under strict water conservation measures. Please limit showers to five (5) minutes. Wash full loads of dishes and laundry (or adjust the cycle/water level accordingly). Use one set of towels per person (one bath towel, one hand towel, one washcloth). You may be charged for using extra towels.
Supervise children at all times as there are stairs, wild animals, large boulders, and small rocks. The house is not child-proofed. You are welcome to move items to higher shelves to prevent accidental ingestion. Please return them to their original spots when leaving.
No camping or sleeping outside.
Do not use the toilets as garbage cans. Only bodily wastes and toilet paper should enter the toilets. A plunger is available for your use.
Tilt the shower head away from doors when turning on showers so that the spray does not flood the floors when doors are opened. Immediately wipe up any spills on the floors.
Be safe when working with open flames. One medium-sized portable charcoal grill is available, however neither charcoal nor lighter fluid are provided. Do NOT use on windy or high fire danger days. Do NOT use lighter fluid anywhere away from the grill. Do NOT use heat sources other than charcoal, due to the creation of hot ash that can disperse then set fire to surrounding areas.
One medium-sized electric grill is also available. When done, wash the lid, grill plate, and drip tray. The electric grill manual may be found here: (website hidden) Do NOT leave the electric grill outside. Do NOT submerge the grill plug. Use the orange extension cord located beside the central deck door to supply electricity to the grill.
You may grill either on the driveway or on the deck. Please barbecue away from the house and away from tree branches. Transfer the grills between floors by using the outside back stairs so as not to risk an accident inside the house. Fire extinguishers are located under kitchen sinks.
During periods of bear activity, please turn on the bear alarm and ensure that the radio is at a sufficient volume to be heard on the deck with the doors closed when leaving SquawLodge unattended. The timer is set to operate the white clock radio between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Please double check that the timer is set correctly when going out for the day. Do not leave food in your car as bears will break in. Wipe stove, kitchen counters and the dining table with Pine-Sol to mask odors so that bears do not break into the house.
As a courtesy, guests have access to a bear box for holding trash while at SquawLodge. Two garbage cans within are allotted for guest use. The third is reserved for the cleaners. To prevent odors from attracting bears, enclose your trash within bags before placing them in the garbage cans. Next, tightly seal the lids on each can. Please do not overfill the cans. Finally, check that the door and latch are firmly closed at all times.
Garbage pickup occurs Monday mornings (generally between 9 a.m. and noon). If you depart on Sunday, you may leave trash overnight in the bear box (two cans), for disposal the next day.
Remove all garbage from the premises upon check-out. Any trash that does not fit within the sealed guest usage garbage cans will be removed at a fee of $25 per bag. Additional cleaning time will also be charged at the cleaning company’s current hourly fee.
Free amenities such as DirecTV and internet access are not guaranteed. Although we strive to maintain these conveniences for our guests, weather and other reasons may make them unavailable during your stay. Please assist us by informing us of any problem and by working with repair support.
Please respect our home by treating it carefully and letting us know if anything is damaged or is missing so that we can remedy it before your next stay at SquawLodge.
When You Depart:
1. Wash two loads of laundry beginning at least one hour before departure.
a. Remove used flat and fitted bed sheets and pillowcases and place them beside the corresponding bed, on the bedroom floor.
b. Fold the duvet, then leave it on the bed with the pillows.
c. Put used towels and bathroom rugs on the bathroom floor.
d. Sort towels by color.
e. Wash a load of towels first. Reminder: Don’t mix light with dark colors (eg. red vs. white).
f. When the cycle ends (approximately 40 minutes), put them into the dryer.
g. Begin a second load washing (towels or if none, king sheets with pillowcases). If you start a load of laundry containing sheets, detail the sheet sizes on a note for the cleaners.
h. You do not need to wait for the second load to finish washing.
2. Wash dirty dishes by first scraping excess food off the items, then placing them in the dishwasher with dishwasher soap and turning it on. You do not need to wait for it to finish.
3. If you moved any items, return them to their original locations or you may be charged a fee for resetting the house. Futons must be in their seating positions.
4. Empty the refrigerator and pantry of your items. Wipe any spills or residue.
5. Wipe stove, counters and dining table. If bears are active, use Pine-Sol.
6. Close the stove gas line by accessing it under the breakfast bar through the small hatch next to the support wall. Turn the bar gently until it is perpendicular to the gas pipe.
7. Outdoor hoses should be disconnected and stored.
8. Check to make sure that no personal items have been left behind at SquawLodge™. We are not responsible for lost or forgotten items.
9. Set all 5 thermostats to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, then press the “Hold” button.
10. Turn on the bear alarm and small white alarm clock radio. Make sure that the bear alarm is facing the outside stairs and boulder and is not being activated by the wireless router. You may need to space them farther apart from each other until only your motion triggers the bear alarm. Plug the radio into the timer. The radio should be tuned to an audible radio station at a sufficient volume to make bears think someone is present. The timer should allow the radio to function between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
12. At the white board in the garage, please update all categories to current statuses.
13. Close all windows. Lock ground floor windows.
14. Turn off all lights.
15. Close and lock all outside doors. If you are already outside of the house, keyless entry doors require you to input the code, then manually turn the deadbolt. Double check by trying the door knob to open the door:
Six Exit Locations:
Upstairs doors (3)
Garage rear door
16. Remove all waste from the premises when vacating. You may take garbage to the public bins (community dumpsters) located at the Squaw Valley Public Services District (SQVPSD) offices at 1810 Squaw Valley Road farther into the valley. Please make sure the garbage is placed completely inside the dumpster. Never leave anything on the ground outside of the dumpster. Close and securely lock the dumpster before leaving. If your garbage does not fit, please take your garbage away. (Sunday departures may leave trash in the bear box overnight.)
Failure to follow instructions may lead to damage, additional cleaning fees or both—payment for which you are responsible. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
(From the SquawLodge Information Manual v.5.21)
Great Room with Open-Beam Vaulted Ceiling and Natural Stone, Wood-Burning Fireplace with Convenient Gas Starter
We stayed at house for 2 days. Unfortunately, our experience was overshadowed by fact that there was NO hot water! We were too busy with our own activities to deal with problem or to even call the emergency service line. It was time to check out by the time we figured out problem was due to empty propane tank for entire house. I don't understand how owner can allow propane tank to run completely empty! Perhaps this was a fluke and may not happen again. However, my belief is that this is sign of systemic neglect by owner.
As for house itself, positives are size to sleep up to 19 and proximity to Squaw Valley. Main negatives are that there are not enough bathrooms if you have anywhere close to 19 people. Also, house is rather worn and could really use some freshening up such as fresh coat of paint and newer flooring. Another sign of neglect?
We request guests notify us of any problems or concerns and we regret any inconvenience that may have occurred. We maintain a 24-hour toll-free support line to help us provide timely resolution and service. As indicated by other reviews, we welcome and appreciate the opportunity to assist our guests with any issues that may occur. However, it is difficult to solve a problem without a guest first letting us know that one has occurred.
It's unfortunate that we were not given a chance to help Don. After his first day and night, he discovered a lack of hot water. We found out about this issue the day after he departed (two days after he first noticed a problem). We investigated and confirmed the problem, then contacted the propane company who resolved the issue within a few hours.
Our propane service is maintained by an independent company. The propane company has apologized for this inconvenience.
We appreciate guest feedback about house conditions and have noted these suggestions. We have added the items for consideration during our upcoming autumn repair and upgrade period. Each season we perform periodic maintenance and add enhancements such as furniture, appliances, decorations, or other amenities.
We hope that our guests come to value and appreciate the comfort, convenience and spaciousness of this mountain retreat. We take pride in caring for and sharing the home that our parents built.
The place was fantastic and Angelica was super helpful! Overall a very spacious but warm home. I'd definitely recommend it!!!
Our host was very accommodating. We were told the check in time was 4pm. We received a phone call by noon informing us that the house was ready for us. We really appreciate it.
The host was very friendly and made sure that we received all the essential information timely. The host was also very helpful in finding activities in the area.
Angelica was great! She made sure we knew all the rules and got into the house ok. It was a bit of a pain to mail checks back and forth, and scan in additional waivers, but otherwise a great experience.
The hosts were excellent with on going communications with us and we knew if we needed anything they were available to assist us. The neighbor hood is beautiful and quite and convenient to all the activities of Tahoe and Truckee. We had a large group and everyone was able to enjoy meals and social time together and also have private space for personal quite times.
The place was great. Just like the photos. We attended a work training event and everyone was so excited to stay in the same location. The area was beautiful and the bike/running trail leading to the lake was perfect for a long morning run.
About the Host, SquawLodge™
Hi! I'm SquawLodge™! I was built over several decades by a hard-working boxer, turned soldier, turned teacher and his engaging secretary, turned daycare provider, turned office manager, wife. He learned to ski in Olympic Valley BEFORE they had the Olympics there and taught his bride-to-be to love flying down the slopes. They hiked and camped all over the Sierra Nevada, sharing the expansive views of the forests and mountain peaks with their friends and family. Now, their children are welcoming everyone to share their parents' love in the home they built with their own hands in the mountains they cherished.