We can't wait to celebrate this unbelievable season with our final weekend of skiing & riding, live music, fireworks and more! Lake Tahoe Freedom Fest is a popular event, so be sure to take a look at the tips below to ensure you have a fun and seamless weekend.
1. If you are a pass or pack holder, don't forget your pass!
We've seen it before. You've left your winter coat at home. You arrive at Squaw. You unpack the gear from your car & make your way to the Funitel. You wait in line, excitedly anticipating opening. You get to the gates and... you realize that your pass is in your winter jacket -- at home! Make sure you bring your pass with you so that you don't have to wait in line. Not sure which pass is your most recent one? That's okay! Bring your pass into the ticket office sometime in June if you can to get it sorted out. If that isn't an option for you, our ticket scanning staff can activate the pass for you at the gate, which is much quicker than having to go back to the ticket office.
2. Buy your ticket in advance
4th of July skiing is very popular, but we only have a limited quantity for each day to control crowds on the slopes. Freedom Fest lift tickets are subject to sell out, so get yours ahead of time to be safe. Buy Now>>
3. Arrive Early
Lake Tahoe is a popular 4th of July destination! Get to the mountain early to avoid holiday traffic and get the most out of your day on the hill. Lifts open at 8am.
Not only does this help with traffic reduction and mitigating carbon emission, carpooling also helps to ensure that you will get a spot, as we have filled up on 4th of July in the past. Our A Lot is a first-come, first-serve carpool parking lot for those who are very prompt.
5. Consider biking to Squaw
The bike path along the Truckee river is an awesome method of summer transportation that, again, will help with traffic reduction. If you don't want to bike home, you can take advantage of the TART bus, which stops at Squaw Valley every half hour.
6. Stay Hydrated
Upper Mountain at Squaw Valley is located 8,000 feet above sea level. It is imperative that you stay hydrated when at high elevation, especially in the summer heat.
7. Wear Sunscreen & Sunglasses
The California sun is strong in July, especially on the upper mountain. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and your goggles or sunglasses.
8. Wax Your Skis & Snowboard
Snow tends to be sticky this time of year and you will want the extra layer of wax to help you maintain speed.
9. Make the most of the amazing event lineup and have fun.
You can view the entire event lineup on the Lake Tahoe Freedom Fest event page.
PLUS: If you are one of the first 1,000 people to board the Funitel on the 4th of July, you will get a free Freedom Fest T-Shirt!
T-Shirts will be given away at the top of the Funitel in the Gold Coast plaza area. If you are not one of the first 1,000 guests and do not get a free shirt, you may purchase one in our on-site retail stores.
We can't wait to enjoy some summer skiing & snowboarding with you!