The Home of US Skiing: Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Squaw Valley is unmistakably one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys in the world. Perched in California’s Olympic Valley; this family owned ski resort played host to the VIII Olympic Winter Games held in 1960. Andrew Wirth is the current president at the helm of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which runs Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts. He began his career in 1986, while working for the Steamboat Springs Resorts and recently made headlines after surviving a skydiving accident. Wirth’s accolades over the years include 2014 Citizen of the Year Award and the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year. He is also the recipient of Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. In the 1950’s, Squaw Valley was a small ski area consisting of only 2 rope tows, a chair lift and a 50-room lodge in a spatially developed land. 

One of the landowners at the time was a gentleman called Alexander Cushing, who was the president of Squaw Valley Development Company. He stands out as the individual who convinced the state governor to have the site bid for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Today, Squaw Valley features some of the steepest terrains and deep snowfalls in North America; indeed the area receives about 450-inches of snow annually. The other factors that make this resort a perfect place for ski excursions is its diverse terrain and sunshine. The terrain caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. The entry level terrain offers beginners a breathtaking view of the mountains. The summit at the Granite Chief peak is elevated to 9,050-ft, which makes for a vertical jaw dropping height of 2,850-ft. 

The facility is designed in such as way that it can accommodate huge number of skiers at the same time; the infrastructure includes 33 lifts, consisting 2 high-speed detachable six pacs and 4 high-speed quads. This is in addition to 2 new surface lifts at the Papoose Learning Center. Some of the most popular sports at Squaw Valley Ski include snowboarding and cross-country snowshoeing and skiing. Squaw Valley has become a Mecca for snowboarding athletes and enthusiast who want to fully exploit what the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range has to offer. On the other hand, the cross country skiing tracks at the resort are specially designed to give snowshoers, striders and skaters and an experience of a lifetime. Lake Tahoe hopes to bring another Winter Olympics to Northern California around 2026, when it will present a bid.