The Palo Alto Ski Club is more than just an amazing place to experience Squaw Valley.
Our club was formed in 1949 when a small group of friends–all avid skiers and mountain enthusiasts–decided it would be a great idea to pool resources and form a ski club. These Club founders skied together, organized group outings and collective meals, and purchased a stunning piece of property with year round access to the Sierras. Now, 70 years later, The Palo Alto Ski Club is 170 members strong, with a spectacular lodge located at the base of the Squaw Valley Resort.
But the Lodge is not just a place to spend a night at Tahoe. The Club holds regular meetings and social events in and around Palo Alto. As a volunteer organization, members also participate on the board, support social activities, and contribute to the upkeep of the Lodge. The spirit of community engagement and sense of ownership is part of what makes our club so great.
Our members consist of all ages, sporting levels, and family make-up. We have families with kids from Mighty Mites Squaw Valley Ski Team, to teens, and college age young adults who enjoy fleeting moments of family togetherness. We have couples and singles who love the chance to get away from bustling Silicon Valley and into the gorgeous serenity of the mountains and all that Squaw Valley has to offer. Our sports enthusiasts love the competitive challenge of mountain sports–on skis, wheels, or sails–leave no trail unexplored! And finally, we have retirees who still hit the slopes every chance they get.
The Lodge features a great room that has a stunning view of the Squaw Valley Meadow and the mountain itself. From the great room, early risers can watch as the morning sun lights up the slopes of Squaw Valley and the chairs on the lift start to carry happy skiers to the top of the peaks. There are also six bedrooms; each sleeps 3-6 in bunks. There are four bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and a family room. At full capacity, the Lodge sleeps 24 members and guests. It has been perfectly designed for active group use.
Year round, members reserve their stay online up to two weeks in advance. During ski season members and their guests (November 1-May 1) enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and all around merriment at the bustling Lodge. The summer is is a great time for groups to gather and take advantage of Squaw Valley entertainment–jazz festivals, water sports, art fairs, mountain biking, and hiking are all a short walk or drive away from the Lodge. During summer, one-week bookings can be made in advance.
We gather in and around Palo Alto for three parties each year, usually at the beginning of June, October, and December. Here, we celebrate the end and beginning of the ski season and enjoy the warmth and good cheer of the holidays. At the Lodge, members host special weekends dedicated to family fun, mountain biking, hiking, lodge upkeep, and welcoming new members. Special weekends include community meal preparation and organized activities.
The months of November through May, we hold member meetings to socialize and stay updated on the status of the Lodge. At the meetings our members share interesting presentations of recent travels and adventures. Our Board also meets monthly and is comprised entirely of volunteers who are in charge of the daily operation of the Lodge.
The “Downhill” our club newsletter, keeps members apprised of Lodge news and member stories. Regaling us with adventures in ice fishing, scuba diving, biking, and globe trotting adventures.
The Palo Alto Ski Club members truly value the concept of the “village.” We want our Lodge to last for another 70 plus 70 years! To do this, members contribute their time and energy to maintain the building and the land. Twice a year, we host weekends at the Lodge when we prepare for the change of season (winter or summer), make repairs, and restock essentials. Members who attend these Work Parties enjoy dinners, outings, and hikes together.
The Palo Alto Ski Club was founded on principles of friendship, lending a hand, and economy. Today, these values are carried on. The Lodge is entirely maintained by the members. When the lodge is full, we share chores and meal prep. No child is too young to help–there is a job for everyone. We have a reservation system that is fair and keeps the rates affordable.