Group Programs

It’s one thing to talk about improving group effectiveness...or to read about the rewards of pushing individual performance beyond the “comfort zone.” At Squaw Valley Adventure Center, we turn theory into reality, reality into adventure, and adventure into discovery, learning, and empowerment!

Groups that come to the Squaw Valley Adventure Center take away more than memories of a thrilling experience. They increase awareness and stimulate dialogue about leadership, communication, roles, goals, problem solving, and other group dynamics.

First, we help you identify clear goals and measurements for your program. Then, we propose a program design and collaborate with you to fine-tune it. During the event we help your group create a supportive, encouraging, and trusting environment. Our programs and activities, conducted in this environment will enable your group’s participants to be engaged, involved, and open to learning.

Retention of skills learned is better and awareness of behavioral patterns is increased because the group actively experiences, reflects, internalizes, and then discusses the group’s dynamics. We will help your group develop a plan of how to apply the lessons back to work, school, home, or other environments.

"SVAC was very thorough in working with me to design a program that accomplished the goals that I wanted to achieve. The program was educational, empowering, and a lot of fun for my whole team!"

-M. Amalfitano, Sr. Fleet Capital Leasing

Program Options

Ropes Course ( Summer and Fall)

Held at Squaw Valley Adventure Center’s expansive Ropes Course, this is a powerful and fun program that has an impact. Typically, the program starts with low to the ground activities aimed at icebreaking, bonding, trust building, and working together as a team. These activities build the foundation for the high ropes course events that give participants the opportunity to challenge themselves beyond their “comfort zone.” Each participant chooses his or her own level of challenge and nobody is pressured to climb. It is challenge by choice and there are climbing events suitable and appropriate for very diverse populations - almost anybody who wants to climb can be accommodated. Our findings show that the most effective learning occurs when participants choose to challenge themselves, with each individual measuring success by his or her own standards and goals. A great feature of these programs is that everyone can be involved, regardless of physical fitness, ability, or athletic prowess. At all times during the high events, climbers wear harnesses and helmets, are connected to climbing ropes, and are belayed.

Time needed: approx. 3-6 hours, depending on program design

Cost: Depends on type of group and program design

"Wow! Talk about building confidence and self esteem! The opportunity to "go outside the comfort zone" in a supportive environment was so valuable. The bonds between students grew as they individually and collectively met the challenges."

-A. Biedermann Squaw Valley Academy

Search & Discover (any season, using snowshoes in winter)

A great program ideally suited for groups interested in a challenging event that involves hiking or snowshoeing. The large group is broken up into smaller teams of approximately 7 - 10 persons. This program involves learning a useful skill, orienteering (using a map & compass), to navigate through the woods in search of different stations. At each station, the small team will be faced with a fun and challenging task to accomplish before moving to the next station. These tasks require the teams to use their varied individual and collaborative team skills to discover the solution and advance to the next station. This involves hiking both on and off trails. This is a great program for icebreaking, bonding, and working together as a team and can be set up as a competitive event. Minimum 15 people in a group.

Time needed: approx. 3–6 hours, depending on program design

Cost: Depends on type of group and program design

"I wanted to take a moment to let you know how pleased we were with working with you. You brought a great talent and energy to our initiatives with our client, ...the event was better because of you."

-Steve Phillips Wayfinders.biz

Orienteering (any season, using snowshoes in winter)

An active program ideally suited for groups interested in a fun event that involves hiking or snowshoeing. The large group is broken up into smaller teams of approximately 2-3 persons. Participants are given an initial map & compass lesson and are then set free to find as many stations as possible within the time limit. Each station has a code word to record on their score sheets. This is an active program that involves participants hiking both on and off trails. It is a fun program for bonding and working together in a small group. Minimum 15 people in a group.

Time needed: approx. 2-4 hours

Cost: Depends on type of group and program design

Guided Nature Hikes (Summer and Fall)

Squaw Valley Adventure Center offers guided hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, exploring waterfalls, creeks, and lakes. These hikes are a combination of; learning about the local botany, exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment, building relationships, and enjoyment of self within nature. Hikes will be customized to fit the group’s ability, purpose/goal, and time arrangements. Minimum 10 people in a group.

Time needed: approx. 1-4 hours, depending on route

Cost: Depends on type of group and program design

Guided Snowshoe Tours (Winter and Spring)

Squaw Valley Adventure Center offers guided snowshoe tours for groups in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, exploring waterfalls, creeks, and lakes. These tours are a combination of; learning about the local botany, exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment, building relationships, and enjoyment of self within nature. Snowshoe tours will be customized to fit the group’s ability, purpose/goal, and time arrangements. Snowshoe instruction, if needed, is provided free of charge. Minimum 10 people in a group.

Time needed: approx. 2-4 hours, depending on route

Cost: Depends on type of group and program design

Multi Day Adventures (Year - round)

Squaw Valley Adventure Center offers multi-day adventures for those groups looking for a more involved backcountry experience. Participants can learn a variety of hard skills such as Orienteering (with map and compass and GPS), Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, Avalanche Awareness, Avalanche Tranceiver Skills, Leave No Trace ethics, and more. Within this atmosphere participants have the option of learning and/or practicing soft skills such as leadership attributes, group decision-making, problem-solving, community-building, and self awareness. Adventures take place within the Lake Tahoe area and are customized according to each groups needs and goals.

Time needed: approx. 2-6 days

Cost: Varies by program, please contact us

"Want to energize individuals and build bonds within a group? Challenge them with exciting problems and solutions that hinge on creativity, efficiency, and teamwork, not on the fitness or athletic ability of an individual."

-Jesse Desens S.V. Adventure Center