Location: Sierra Crest – Squaw Valley, CA
Duration: 2.5 – 4 hours from Hwy 89
Elevation Change: 2,328′ – from 6,020′ to 8,348′
Map of General Route:
Visible from the Squaw Valley parking lot, and also near the 7-11 on Highway 89, this hidden backcountry treasure has been skied by locals for decades. You’re often the only people on the upper half of the mountain, while hordes of Squaw and Alpine Meadows skiers have no clue what you’re up to right next door. This long, mellow ski tour usually starts from Highway 89, two miles north of Squaw Valley Road. After an hour of low-angle snow-covered road, you’ll begin a moderate 1,500’ climb to a beautiful east-facing bowl. The top small round summit gives you a real “king of the mountain” feel. It’s a long way to go honestly from hwy 89. I almost always go up from Squaw Valley, on the north side of the Olympic Village Inn. The terrain is steep and complex, and finding a good route is not for beginners if the local track isn’t in. If you parked in Squaw, You’ll have to come back up most of the vert after dropping the 1000′ east bowl, but it goes easy. Go with a guide from Alpineskills.com or Alpenglowexpeditions.com
I’ve heard the lower and more obvious peak you see from the Squaw Valley Chairlifts to be called Gold Peak. This has some nice south facing corn to ski and can be joined with an east bowl descent on neighboring silver Peak. I almost prefer skiing this one to bang out a nice hike as it’s more direct and a “summit” feeling for sure.
Love the redesign, and as someone who just moved to the area I’m hugely appreciative of the resource you’ve created here — thanks! Not intending this as a public comment so I’m hoping you can just delete it once you’re read it — wanted to let you know that the page is bumping a bit. Not sure what the technical term would be, but it’s shifting vertically every few seconds. (I’m on a Mac and using Chrome, if that’s helpful.) Just letting you know. Thanks again, this is an awesome help to me as I get the lay of the… Read more »
These pics are from Jan 11, 2019. Tahoe got a late start as usual with snowfall this year, but it got good quick right before Christmas. Skiing Silver Peak from the squaw side is not even possible in some years, and it was a few feet deep at the car on this south facing low elevation start. Jeez, now as I sit here 2 months later, we have received about 400″ more snow since then!!!!!! Conditions were familiar. You know your going to ski soft winter snow in the East Bowl, but you scratch up steep crusty south facing slopes… Read more »
This is the way I usually ski the Silver / Gold Peak area. I take some friends who grew up in OV or skied there their whole lives. This was the first ski tour for Cindy and Julia in their new gear. We used the ski crampons pretty much at the start and then near the top of Gold and skied nice corn back. In January when the resort was frozen moguls.