Summer in the Olympic Valley is gorgeous with sunny, blue skies that turn into breathtaking alpenglow at sunset. Summer means going to festivals in the Village at Palisades Tahoe or listening to one of their live music offerings with a cold beer in hand. But sometimes, the lazy days of summer can heat up and you might need a break. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off, check out our list of ideas for a hot summer day.

Hike Up and Cool Down

2019 08 04 SV FamilyRollerSkatingHikingEIP 1589 1

Photo: Palisades Tahoe

If you haven’t explored Shirley Canyon yet, you’re in for a treat. This hike alternates between tree provided shade and open sky sections but affords many cool spots to take a break. You can choose a quick hike along Shirley Creek, where you can find a shady spot, kick your hiking shoes off and dip your feet into the cold flowing water. Or head out for the afternoon and hike the challenging 3 miles to Shirley Lake. An icy plunge in the lake is the perfect mid-hike treat. With the High Camp pool closed for Summer 2022, Shirley Lake is your best option for a mid-mountain dip this summer.

Pool Time at the Resort at Squaw Creek 


Photo: Resort at Squaw Creek

Why not plan a staycation for the hottest days of summer? Book a “cool off” stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek and enjoy their pool area and amenities! Featuring multiple swimming pools & hot tubs and a 150-foot water slide, you should bring the whole gang to splash the day away. A cold drink in hand from the Oasis Bar and Grille and a lounge chair under an umbrella is the perfect way to cool off with your loved ones. Or, plan ahead, and book a poolside cabana to have a shaded base camp for the whole day.

Cool Drink at Elevation


Photo: Palisades Tahoe

As the temperatures rise, head up to elevation to escape the heat. Hop on the Palisades Tahoe Aerial Tram for a breathtaking ride up to High Camp. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe and a nice breeze once you reach the top. But why stop there? Grab a cool drink to bring your temperature down even more. Stop by the High Camp Marketplace for a grab and go beer, wine or kombucha and soak in the views before making your way back down the tram.  

Lake Tahoe Plunge

BLOG NEWSLETTER 20Whether you rent an ebike and ride the Truckee River Trail or pile into your car and drive, sometimes a hot day calls for a dip in Big Blue! One of the quickest ways to get in the lake from the Olympic Valley is at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Level up your day by picking a Sunday and enjoy one of the free Concerts at Commons Beach. This all-summer long concert series is a local favorite. Cool off in the lake, lounge on the sandy beach and enjoy live music as the sun goes down.