Squaw Valley is a four-hour drive from the Bay Area, and a one-hour drive from the Reno/Lake Tahoe Airport. Squaw Valley is the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Squaw Valley USA is owned and operated by Squaw Valley Ski Resort which hosts our workshops each summer. Our events take place in the Olympic House, the lodge at the foot of the ski area.
The Community of Writers rents condominiums at the Village in Squaw Valley and a few houses in the valley for participants to live in during the week of the conference. If, when you are accepted, you would like us to arrange your accommodations, you can choose among several types of rooms. The rates we charge are just enough to cover our direct expenses. To help us place you in an appropriate condo or house, indicate if you have any special needs, concerns or physical requirements. There may be men and women in the same unit. Some of the houses are within walking distance; some require a short drive, so please indicate whether you will have a car with you in the valley. Every unit will have a kitchen and will be supplied with linens, but we ask you to bring your own towel. You may check in after you register and receive your housing assignment on registration day.
If you want to arrange your own housing, call (800) 731-8021 or visit gotahoenorth.com. We highly recommend the Village at Squaw Valley, the Squaw Valley Lodge: (530) 583-5500; and The Olympic Village Inn. Make sure they know you are with the Community of Writers when you inquire about rates. We do not recommend camping unless you have a camper.
Poetry and Writers Workshop Housing: A Single will be a room in which a participant will have a private room in a shared unit, $800-890* for the week. A small single room with a shared bathroom will be $700* for the week. A Twin will have twin beds and will be shared with another participant of the same sex and is $465-$525* for the week. A Bargain Bunk will be bunk beds shared with two or more participants of the same sex and is $295* for the week, (subject to availability). A private One Room Condo is $1280 for the week. (See chart below)
Our houses are a less expensive option. 4-8 participants share a house, and each may choose the room type he or she prefer. Houses are usually a 10-20 minute walk away (or short drive), are larger, have decks, and are less impacted by tourists. We always make sure there are participants with cars in each house to help those without obtain rides as needed.
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Bathroom Type Rate (7 Nights) Master Bedroom 1 Private $800 Guest Bedroom 1 Shared bathroom $700 Twin Bedroom 2 Shared bathroom $465 Bunkroom 1 Shared bathroom $295 Room types are limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.
Shared Condos in The Village at Squaw Valley
These condos are located in The Village at Squaw Valley. 3-4 participants share a condo, and each may choose the room type he or she prefer. These condos are very close walking distance, newer, and are very convenient to shops and stores. There are music and other activities planned by the Village which could attract tourists such as BluesDays Tuesdays and the Art Festival.
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Bathroom Description Rate (7 Nights) Master Bedroom 1 Private $890 Guest Bedroom 1 Private, assigned bathroom but not "en suite" $800 Twin Bedroom 2 Shared assigned bathroom with roommate $525 Room types are limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.
These condos are located in The Village at Squaw Valley. A participant would be alone in this condo. These condos are very close walking distance, newer, and are very convenient to shops and stores. There are music and other activities planned by the Village which could attract tourists such as BluesDays Tuesdays and the Art Festival.
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Bathroom Description Rate (7 Nights) Private Condo 1 Private Studio Suite $1280 Availability is limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.
CAMPING: We do not recommend camping unless you have a camper. Those who camp will also need a car, as the camground location is not within walking distance of the workshops. For camping, call this reservation number: (877) 444-6777. This telephone number is for a reservation operation called Parknet/ReserveUSA, which handles reservations for the three main campgrounds nearest Squaw Valley. Granite Flats, Goose Meadows and Silver Creek sites are all on Highway 89 South of Truckee along the Truckee River. They're good sites: safe and beautiful, and all within 15 minute easy drive to Squaw Valley. If you choose to stay in a campground, a camper with bathing facilities will be necessary; camping and participating in the conference are too challenging without one.
Six dinner are provided and are prepared and served at the Olympic House, our headquarters for the week. We will accommodate most vegetarian diets, but if you have a particular food allergy, we may not be able to prepare special meals for you. Participants and teaching staff eat together. You are on your own for breakfast and lunch. You may prepare your breakfasts and lunches in your house, or visit one of the cafes in the valley. There are several cafes and restaurants in the Valley, but they tend to be pricey. Preparing your own breakfasts and lunches in your lodgings will save you quite a bit of money. If you are driving to Squaw Valley, consider stopping at the Trader Joe’s in Roseville, or SaveMart Market in Truckee to stock up on breakfast and lunch foods. If you are arriving by plane, there is a small grocery store in the valley at which to buy provisions. There are major supermarkets in Tahoe City and Truckee, ten miles from Squaw Valley. The Community Market or the 7-11 in Squaw Valley should have everything you need.
Travel: Squaw Valley is located near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, a four-hour drive from the Bay Area, and a one-hour drive from the Reno International Airport. A car is not necessary, but can make your week easier and afford you the ability to visit Lake Tahoe and surrounding sights.
About half of our participants bring cars. Many of our participants get a ride to Squaw Valley in a carpool (we provide a list for those who are interested in ride-sharing.) The drive from the Bay Area takes about 4 hours. Directions will be provided upon acceptance.
Reno/Lake Tahoe International Airport is the airport which services our area. Reno is almost an hour from Squaw Valley.We will have shuttle vans picking up participants at the Reno/Lake Tahoe International Airport baggage claim area on registration day. Reno is almost an hour from Squaw Valley. We must have your flight information early in order to schedule our vans. We schedule the pick-ups after we have received most participants' flight arrival times. We cannot pick up anyone arriving after 3:00 PM. There will be a round-trip shuttle charge of $80.00* due at registration. There will be no pick-ups at the South Lake Tahoe Airport.
There is a train-and-bus station in Truckee, 15 miles (20 minutes) from Squaw Valley. (The Yellow Line leaves Truckee for Squaw Valley/Tahoe City every hour on the half-hour. The cost is only 2.00 and it takes about 22 minutes to arrive in Squaw Valley.
Try to plan your trip to arrive in Squaw Valley no later than 3:00 PM, on the opening (registration) day.
Poetry: June 20
Writers Workshops: July 6
Plan your departure from Squaw Valley for early afternoon on the last day of the workshop:
Poetry: June 27
Writers Workshops: July 13