Pack your wettie and your skis and take off on a thrill-seeking Californian day trip. Spend your morning surfing the friendly Bolinas break locals have tried so desperately to keep secret (they remove road signs almost as soon as they’re put up), then buckle up for the four-hour drive to Squaw Valley, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. There’s no need to rush – runs are floodlit by night, giving you plenty of time to ride the legendary slopes.
The valley is 315 kilometres from San Francisco. The closest airport, however, is the Reno Tahoe International Airport, which is 68 kilometres away. From the airport you can take the North Lake Tahoe Express, which takes about an hour.
One-day lift tickets start at US$99.
There’s skiing for all levels here.
Squaw Valley is enormous! It has 30 chairlifts and covers 15 square kilometres.