Insider Mountain Tips For Lake Tahoe

Chef Erin O’Donnell of “Squeeze In” offers cool spots in this laidback Lake Tahoe region.


Last week, we let you in on the best omelettes at Squeeze In in Lake Tahoe, California (Check out exclusive Q&A.) Really, how can you say no to the famous Racy Tracys (bacon, avocado, mushrooms and jack cheese), Randi Chandis (loaded with bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms) and Big Bad Johnsons (sausage, olives, bell peppers and a variety of cheeses.)

Executive Chef Erin O’Donnell revamped Squeeze In’s catering menu this year, providing fabulous food for every occasion: baby showers, corporate meetings. So we decided to get the insider mountain tips from Erin, a local who knows best! For your next trip to Lake Tahoe, you’ll know exactly where to find the best apres ski bar or delicious lunch spot on the mountain!

tahoe Chef Erin ODonnell Squeeze InJetset Times: What would your perfect day on the mountain consist of?

Erin: My perfect day on the mountain would be a bluebird power day at Squaw with nobody else there! Fresh tracks all day!

JST: What is your favorite mountain? Favorite run?

E: My favorite mountain would be Squaw Valley USA and my favorite run is The Attic.

JST: What is your favorite lunch spot on the mountain? 

E: The best lunch spot would have to the lodge at Gold Coast.


JST: What is your favorite après ski bar or café?

E: Mamasake has the best happy hour with a hand roll and a beer for only five bucks. You can’t beat that!

JST: Any hot tips for travelers to Lake Tahoe?

E: Take a picnic lunch up to picnic rock off of Route 267 and enjoy the fresh air and the best view of the lake.

Check out Squeeze In’s catering menu and follow on Facebook.


Jocelyn Reist

Jocelyn was a contributor for Jetset Times for a year, and has continued to travel around the world. Her stories are often about food, as she's an avid foodie (and knows SO MUCH about it!)

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