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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, (this does not apply to Screenwriters) call (800) 731-8021 or or visit the 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. (Rates on the website may not reflect off-season pricing.) 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 $1055 for the week. (See chart below)

OPTION 1:
Shared Houses
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.

Bedroom Type # in
Room
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.

OPTION 2:
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.

Bedroom Type # in
Room
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.

OPTION 3:
Private Condo
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.

Bedroom Type # in
Room
Bathroom Description Rate (7 Nights)
Private Condo 1 Private Studio Suite $1280
Availability is limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.

Screenwriting Housing: The Screenwriting Program will arrange your housing. When accepted please let us know your preferred accommodations; a private room is $675* for the week, a shared means with two people to a room and is $400* for the week. Our rented private houses are in walking distance of the main facilities but let us know if you have special needs or requirements. *Prices subject to change without notice.

SCREENWRITING HOUSING OPTION 1:
Shared Houses

Bedroom Type # in
Room
Bathroom Type Rate (7 Nights)
Single Room 1 Private* $675
Guest Bedroom 1 Shared bathroom $600
Shared Bedroom 2 Shared bathroom $400
Room types are limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.

 

 

 

 

 

SCREENWRITING HOUSING OPTION 2:
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.

Bedroom Type # in
Room
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.

SCREENWRITING HOUSE OPTION 3:
Private Condo

Private 1 Bedroom Condo   Bathroom Type Rate (7 Nights)
Private Condo 1 Private $1280
Availability is limited and are reserved on a first-request basis.

*Not guaranteed unless special arrangements made.

CAMPING: We do not recommend camping unless you have a camper. And those who camp will also need a car as the camp location is not walking distance. 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.

Drive:
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.

Fly:
Reno/Lake Tahoe International Airport is the airport which services our area. Reno is almost an hour from Squaw Valley. Those who are arriving by plane and who need a ride from Reno to Squaw Valley should arrange their own airport shuttle through North Lake Tahoe Express. We will have a volunteer in Squaw Valley to greet each van and help you store your luggage and show you to registration. There will be no pick-ups at the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

Bus/Train:
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.

Timing:
Unless you are a Screenwriter, try to plan your trip to arrive in Squaw Valley no later than 3:00 PM, on the opening (registration) day. Screenwriters should plan on arriving by 1pm.
Poetry: June 21
Writers Workshops: July 7
Screenwriting: July 7

Plan your departure from Squaw Valley for early afternoon on the last day of the workshop:
Poetry: June 28
Writers Workshops: July 14
Screenwriting: July 14

More questions about logistics?
E-mail Executive Director, brett @ squawvalleywriters DOT org
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