Hilary’s Hit List

PlumpJack’s President, Hilary Newsom’s Guide to a Ski Town

For those of you, who can’t possibly think of Squaw Valley for anything other than skiing, think again! I am living proof of this since I have skied maybe 9 hours in the last nine years. In those 9 years I still manage to travel to Squaw frequently for both business and pleasure. While my husband and kids conquer KT 22, I take this time to rediscover what I love most about North Lake Tahoe and especially Squaw Valley. Here is my “Hit List,” I hope you find the time to experience some of my favorite things.

Always Time to Shop – Shopping is my weakness. I covet the latest ski and après ski wear, because even if I am not technically on the slopes, I still want to stand-out in the crowd with the latest fashion-forward gear. You can always find the best in mountain accoutrements at PlumpJack Sport. If your toes are feeling a little frost bitten, a nice pair of Uggs will remedy that and we have the best selection. If you’re feeling a little frumpy after being in your ski clothes all day, Sara can find you the perfect outfit for dinner and cocktails. Of course, they have all the essentials, too, like goggles, ski jackets and cozy socks.

Winding Down: Who says relaxing is not an activity? With so many obligations year round, relaxing is a treat for the mind, body and soul. I tend to be drawn to the cozy fireplace with a glass of wine in the Bar at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. If I am feeling a little more adventurous, the outdoor fire pit at the base of the mountain is a great place to show off my new après ski wear with my hot tea in hand.

Indulging: Squaw Valley boasts many great restaurants. I like to keep it light with some delicious sushi at Mama Sake, but you cannot beat the Seafood Poke Cones by Chef Wyatt of PlumpJack Cafe- I am a bit of a PlumpJack Cafe cone connoisseur – I have been eating them for 16 years after all, but these are definitely the best I have had. Mmmmmm…

Family Fun: Given that I grew up ice skating every Saturday night in Marin
County, the Olympic Ice Pavilion perched at the crest of Squaw Valley’s upper mountain is a favorite place for me. I can see all the way to Lake Tahoe while I skate backwards (did I mention that I never learned to skate forwards?). This is a great activity for the whole family and the adults can always grab a pint to quench their thirst after all that skating backwards and of course, the kids can sip hot chocolate to keep the chill away.

Leisurely Morning: With my busy schedule, I love days when I can have a nice sit-down, civilized breakfast. I like to venture out of Squaw Valley to Truckee to one of my favorite spots, Squeeze In. Their menu is insane, even the pickiest eaters will find something they’ll love, and my husband loves the special house sauce that goes with almost everything savory. And if you’re so inclined, when you return to Squaw, the adults should check out Sunday Bloody Sunday at PlumpJack Cafe where you’ll find a creative selection of some of the best-tasting Bloody Mary’s around. Guaranteed!

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