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Squaw Valley gears up for summer

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Squaw Valley is gearing up for summer. The Aerial Tram, all the hiking trails and geocaching are already open. Disc golf, the base area climbing wall and Skyjump Trampoline are also ready for guests to take advantage of the best in outdoor recreation.

Melissa Brouse of the PR team at Squaw, reported that the resort is ready for summer visitors. Here's what she had to say:

"For some of the most stunning views in Tahoe, guests can ride Squaw’s scenic Aerial Tram to High Camp. During the 8-10 minute ride, the tram ascends 2,000 vertical feet and offers incredible views of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe. Once at High Camp, guests can enjoy miles of scenic hiking trails or mountaintop activities such as swimming, roller skating and disc golf, as well as dining at the Poolside Café. The tram makes exploring Squaw’s upper mountain possible for families and kids of all ages. Family pets are also welcome on-board provided they are well-behaved and on a leash.

The Aerial Tram is currently open daily from 10:40 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. with extended operations until 5:20 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 4 to August 26."

In the same report, Brouse said that the disc golf course is located at High Camp, and the beginner course, 3 holes, is open. As the rest of the snow melts, the rest of the course will open. With an Ariel Tram ticket, or a 2014-2015 season pass, those 18 holes are free.

Hikers will enjoy the trails at High Camp. Take the Ariel Tram to High Camp, put on a lot of sunscreen, load up on water, and start putting one boot in front of the other. If this is your first outing of the season, take it easy. High Camp is located at 8,200 feet, and quite a few of the trails go up from there. It's worth it, as the views are easily some of the most stunning in Tahoe.

You can also take advantage of a guided hike. These hikes are led by an experienced guide. You'll learn quite a bit about the area you are hiking in. The guided hikes are free. Plan to be at High Camp by 12:00, as the hikes launch out at 12:30.

More venues will open a little later in the month. Just being in Squaw Valley will be wonderful. Add any of the summer activities offered by the resort, and your wonderful memory book will fill up.

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