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1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley

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I've been reading Mountain Dreamers: Visionaries of Sierra Nevada Skiing. Really great book, and there are several sections dealing with Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics. Looked but couldn't find a thread here dedicated to that topic, so thought I'd start one, as I found some youtube vids I thought were pretty cool. Perhaps there are some folks around who attended and could share memories?

 

To get things moving...

 

 

 

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That DOES look like a great book -- just moved it into my Amazon wishlist for some post-Christmas season gift card shopping.  The "wildcat" days of early ski resort development has got to make great reading.

 

Any captivating anecodotes to share, so far?

 

 

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I've been reading Mountain Dreamers: Visionaries of Sierra Nevada Skiing. Really great book, and there are several sections dealing with Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics. Looked but couldn't find a thread here dedicated to that topic, so thought I'd start one, as I found some youtube vids I thought were pretty cool. Perhaps there are some folks around who attended and could share memories?

 

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Thanks for the link to the book. Squaw, if I remember the history, ran out if money to build a bobsled track so that event was eliminated from the competition.
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Thanks for sharing....

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Any captivating anecodotes to share, so far?

 

I don't have the book with me now, but regarding the 1960 Olympics it was mentioned that a day ticket giving access to all (five, I believe) events was $7.50!  ;-)

 

Andrea Mead Lawrence recounted how to kick things off she had to ski down the mountain with no poles, holding the torch, and how terrified she was that she was going to fall. ( She didn't. ;-)

 

It was also mentioned how prior to the games it was a really bad snow year. So bad the powers that were hired some Native Americans to perform a snow dance. Shortly before the games' start it dumped.

 

Lots of stories in the book of bad snow years in Tahoe - ( hmm, sounds familiar! ;-) - tough on those early ski area operators trying to bootstrap things. But somehow most of them made it through - they themselves were really tough, and determined!

 

Mountain Dreamers is a fantastic read - highly recommended! 

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I came across this last night...

 

Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics

 

The actual museum is in Tahoe City, but there's some interesting reading and video on the web site, including this one on the 1960 Winter Olympics...

 

 

 

 

And this one on the history of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows...

 

 

 

Includes a lot of great photos prior to development of the ski area.

post #7 of 8

jc-ski,

 

I just posted part of your OP to the "Good Read Thread."  Hope that's OK with you.

 

P

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Absolutely! Definitely a "good read", and great for keeping the juices flowing during the off season!   ;-)

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