Squaw Valley Area Resources


Squaw Valley Mountain Resort Guide
The Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California is one of the largest ski resorts in the United States and was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The entire community of Olympic Valley is commonly referred to as "Squaw Valley." The resort attracts 600,000 skiers a year. Its ski season usually runs from mid-November to late May.
 
Perched atop the Sierra Nevada, with a base of 6,200 feet (1,900 m) and spread across 6 peaks and 4,000 acres the resort tops out at 9,050 feet (2,760 m) above sea level at Granite Chief. The area receives bountiful maritime snowfall–often getting 40 feet (12 m) or more in a winter—leading to snowpack depths of 200 inches (5.1 m) over steep, granite-laden terrain.
 
A scenic cable car carries visitors to 8,200 feet (2,500 m) to the High Camp Bath and Tennis Club. The cars are attached to a fixed point on a cable loop. When one car is at the top of the mountain, the other car is at the bottom.
 
Squaw Valley is home to KT-22, the chair selected best in North America by Skiing magazine in 2005.
 
Squaw Valley is home to several annual summer events. The July Wanderlust Festival brings in accomplished yoga teachers as well as many well-known musical performers. In August, the Squaw Valley writer's conference attracts authors from all over the world. Many summer camps also operate out of the Valley.

As a bonus, Squaw Valley has a free shuttle to ski Alpine Meadows. Ski two resorts in one day! 

History of Squaw Valley
In 1942, Wayne Poulsen, a former star skier from the University of Nevada had acquired 2,000 acres in present-day Olympic Valley, CA, from the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1946, Poulsen met Alex Cushing a Harvard-trained lawyer, with the political connections and access to capital that would make the resort a success. Shortly before opening in 1949, Poulsen and Cushing had a disagreement over the future of the resort. Cushing ended up controlling the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation that brought the 1960 Winter Olympics to Squaw Valley and transformed Lake Tahoe with his vision for the mountain and innovations in the ski industry. Until his death, Cushing was the founder and chairman of Ski Corporation, the parent company of the Squaw Valley USA.
 
Cushing modeled Squaw Valley after European resorts by putting pools and lodging on the mountain instead of at the base, and repeatedly brought the latest lift technology to the United States.
 
Though the 1960 Olympics had practically been promised to Innsbruck, Austria, Cushing went to Paris in 1955 with a scale model of his proposed Olympic site—even though his mountain had only one lift at the time—and persuaded the International Olympic Committee to choose Squaw Valley. It was the first Winter Olympics to be televised live and attracted millions of viewers. The 1960 Winter Games provided a significant boost in visibility that signaled that American skiing had risen to the level expected of European resorts.