Up Your Ski Game at Squaw Valley

Chad Chisholm

As an adult who knows how to ski, you might not want to hire a private instructor (who wants to attend ski school as an expert?) That’s where the North Face Mountain Guides come in at Squaw Valley. A private guide makes for a much better ski day when not familiar with the mountain; showing the extensive skiable terrain in the breathtaking Tahoe region.

Our guide on the mountain, Billy Haupert, has been living and skiing Squaw Valley for the past 22 years.

“The North Face Mountain Guides are a small group that have been hand selected by Squaw Valley management to offer an experience at Squaw like no other on the planet,” explains Haupert, “We have been chosen because of our intimate knowledge of Squaw Valley And Alpine Meadows.”Participants get to discover the resort’s coveted terrain and hidden treasures. As part of the North Face Mountain Guide program, you also get to skip the lift lines, allowing for more time on the slopes.The program is designed for up to four people per guide. Squaw also includes brand-new North Face thermal ball jackets for everyone that shares in the experience.

“If you love skiing, come take me up on the promise that I will give you and your posse the most incredible day of skiing you've ever had” grins Haupert.

I had never skied Squaw Creek and having Billy as our guide was not only fun but also really helpful for a mountain of which I was completely unfamiliar. Gauging our abilities, our group was taken to breathtaking vistas, appropriately challenging terrain, and given the local history and insights that I never would have experienced had I tried to conquer the mountain on my own.

From the ski-through Starbucks, to the Olympic Museum overlooking the valley and ice-skating rink, having a North Face Mountain Guide at Squaw Valley was an exceptional experience that endeared me to the mountain and region even more. To book your guide, visit

Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit ...(Read More)

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