Mention California and images of sun, sand and surfing come to mind. A few years ago, an acquaintance pointed out that, as the northern part of California lines up with the southern part of Ontario, California is also a winter destination. In fact, in some areas, you can ski and surf on the same day.
Developed by Intrawest, the developer that is also responsible for Mont Tremblant in Quebec, and Steamboat in Colorado, Mammoth is now owned and operated by Starwood Hotels. Ski facilities are extensive with 21 chairlifts and 129 trails.
There are 30,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space is available for meetings, corporate events and team building retreats. Groups can select from accommodation at The Village Lodge, Juniper Springs Resort, Mammoth Mountain Inn, the Westin Mammoth Resort, Tamarack Lodge & Resort, or luxury vacation home rental through the Mammoth Prestige Collection.
Squaw Valley, near North Lake Tahoe, was the location of the 1960 Winter Olympics. With 3,600 acres for skiing, Squaw Valley offers extensive accommodation and 40,000 square feet of meeting facilities.
Resort at Squaw Creek (Squaw Valley)
At Resort at Squaw Creek, a 405 rooms ski-in, ski-out luxury resort, guest rooms and function space offer stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Accommodation includes deluxe rooms, fireplace suites and bi-level penthouses.
The 24 function rooms have adjustable, ergonomically designed seating and state-of-the-art audio-visual. On-site there is a cross-country ski center, an ice-skating rink and a chair lift that provides direct access to the trails.
Accommodation and meeting facilities have recently undergone $2.7 million in renovations. Accommodation ranges from studios to 3 bedroom/3 bathroom suites.
Alpine Meadows has 2,400 acres for skiing and 13 lifts. Accommodation includes the 180 room Granlibakken Resort & Conference Center with 15 meeting rooms. With the Winter Olympics around the corner, you may recall that Errol Kerr, who represented the Jamaica Ski team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, trained at Alpine Meadows.
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