Wow, straight from winter to summer, directly; we mountain folk don’t bother with spring! How did that global warming work for you this year? This Fourth of July weekend we can all ski at Squaw, or Alpine Meadows, or Mammoth Mountain! There is still lots of snow and the runoff is making for great waterfalls, river flow and a full Lake Tahoe!

This weekend kicks off the summer play season with a multitude of events and activities in Squaw Valley. July 2-4 will offer: skiing, snowboarding, KT Concert series kickoff, Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Cushing Crossing, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and fireworks! Later in July is the Soaring Kites and Music Festival and the Wanderlust Festival. Here’s SV USA’s July events link: http://www.squaw.com/event-calendar-summer/2011-07
To see the July happenings in the North Lake Tahoe area follow this link from the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events?x_LocationID=&x_StartDate=07%2F01%2F2011&x_EndDate=07%2F31%2F2011

Squaw Valley is a great home base. In winter you are already at one of the top ski areas in the world and all you have to do is throw down some coffee and go. In the summer, otherwise known as road construction season, you don’t have to sit in traffic as they do on the Lake’s West Shore or from Tahoe City to Kings Beach and beyond. You can choose to go there or go the other way! There’s plenty of activities in Squaw but if you want/have to leave you can choose to turn left out of Squaw. Hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, picnicking, touring, shopping, roller blading, eating out at great restaurants, or just touring; there is so much to see. So many just focus on Lake Tahoe that they never have experienced Lakes Basin, Graeagle, Sierra City, Downieville, Jackson Meadows, Portola, Feather River, and so much more! And that’s if you make it past all that Truckee offers! Sure, you really should visit the Lake at least once but opportunity awaits in the path less followed!

Squaw Valley real estate is trading at values from about ten years ago. One bedroom/Studio units (560-650 sq/ft) are selling in the $250,000 to $300,000 range and two-bedroom condos are ranging from $317,500 to $560,000. Most of these are the result of the Resort at Squaw Creek auction a few weeks ago or from foreclosures and short sales. The Squaw Valley Lodge had one foreclosure last year, that’s it. The other resort’s and development’s selling prices are dragging the values down in Squaw. Most of the pricing at the SV Lodge is competitive and most of our Sellers are ready to negotiate a good deal. Of course all of the properties in Squaw Valley and beyond can be seen at our popular website, here’s our link: www.squawvalleyrealestate.com

As always, please come on by the Squaw Valley Lodge, email or give us a call for the most up to date information. We always welcome a conversation or even suggestions of what you would like to see in this blog. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!

We’ll see you soon in the outdoors!