Where is it? Lake Tahoe, in the US state of California. Blessed with views of the Sierra Nevada peaks, the ski resort is surrounded by 80 hectares of forested hillsides and rests at the base of Squaw Valley, the mountain resort town that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Big or small? Despite being a large resort, the layout projects a cosy atmosphere. Opened in 1990, it was renovated in 2005 at a cost of US$53 million. On site is a shopping promenade, four restaurants, special event facilities, a spa and a health and fitness centre. What about the rooms? The 405 rooms and suites are elegant and have fireplaces, flat-screen television sets, and well-appointed kitchens. What's there to do? Besides skiing, in winter you can embark on husky sleigh rides and snowshoe walks. There's also an ice-skating rink, heated swimming pools and a waterslide. In summer, scenic hiking and biking trails are popular. The crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe are an added attraction. Is there any golf? The resort boasts an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jnr championship golf course. What about the spa? Decked out with water features and tree trunks, the spa has 10 rooms and a range of treatments, from massage to hot-stone therapy. And for the children? Mountain Buddies (for children aged four to 12) is a year-round, fully supervised programme with activities such as swimming, hiking, biking and tennis in the summer, and sledding, snowshoeing, ice-skating and snow play in the winter. And the food? The resort's signature restaurant, the Six Peaks Grille, has a diverse menu featuring seafood and steaks. You can dine outside by the large fire pit or inside, warmed by a stone fireplace. What else? A complimentary shuttle service to the Village at Squaw Valley, which bustles with dining and shopping options, is available for guests. What's the bottom line? Rates start from US$159 per night in spring. The Resort at Squaw Creek is at 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, California, United States; www.squawcreek.com .