At Plumpjack, a 56-room hotel at the base of Squaw Valley, there’s no request too large for the enthusiastic staff, who perk up to help you find the best biking trail, choose the right Californian wine, or carry your bags up the stairs. But the hotel’s history is what sets it apart: The inn was built for the 1960 Winter Olympics, and after a recent renovation, the property is refreshed; it now offers three new suites, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and in-room Keurig coffee machines. However, you didn’t come to this area just north of Lake Tahoe to sit in your room. The hotel is located a few steps from the resort’s gondolas, which whisk you to the slopes in winter and biking trails in summer. There’s a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck, year-round hot tubs, and an on-site café that serves dishes such as roasted California quail and maple-cured Berkshire pork loin.
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Frequent visitors should consider a Squaw Valley season pass for 15 percent off room rates through the ski season (excluding holidays).