Originally Posted by kitchener
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!