To ski or not to ski

Have fun off the slopes too at Tahoe's Squaw Valley

The scene at Squaw just got livelier. With the opening of the Village at Squaw Valley USA, skiers have stylish new options for shopping, dining, and unwinding.

After a day on the snow, warm up near the firepit in the Village's plaza. Then make your way to the 22 Station West complex, slipping into Black Diamond Wine Exchange (530/584-0105) to sample vinos (from $2). Feeling famished? Grab a pear-and-gorgonzola pizza at Fireside Pizza Company ($$; 530/584-6150), in the Village's North Face Suites. Or "Eat raw at Squaw" at nearby Mamasake ($$$$; 530/584-0110), where sushi is often served atop snowboardlike platters.

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