Here at Squaw, we are enjoying beautiful sunshine and great skiing and riding. Conditions are perfect spring corn on south facing slopes and winter conditions on the north. Big things are happening this weekend at Squaw including our Olympic Heritage Celebration, live music, on-mountain races, kids activities and the best darn skiing and riding in California.
OLYMPIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION - FEB 10-13.
Come join in the Squaw Valley Olympic Heritage Celebration starting Friday, Feb. 10th with a weekend full of great activities steeped in Olympic tradition. Ski in the Torch Parade, watch vintage Olympic movies in the Village, attend an amazing ice skating exhibition at the Olympic Ice Pavilion and cheer on Squaw Valley Olympians as they compete for the Gold. Details call 530-583-6985. Click here for the full schedule. A few highlights are:
FRIDAY: 1960 OLYMPIC MOVIE. Outdoor showing on the Big Screen at dusk *
SATURDAY: SKI THE TORCH PARADE. Join former Olympians at Gold Coast. Parade starts 12:30pm. Olympic reception following at the Olympic House Sun Deck approx 12:45pm.*
SUNDAY: OLYMPIC ICE CELEBRATION Come Join us at the Olympic Ice Pavilion for a great ice skating exhibition with performances by local and national figure skaters . 11am.*
SAT-MON: J3 FUTURE OLYMPIANS SUPER-G RACES. Far West Association on the Exhibition race course.
ALL WEEK: CHEER ON OLYMPIANS. Watch all the televised games at Olympic House bars and Le Chamois.
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The 1960 Squaw Valley Games were preceded by a controversy when the organizing committee refused to build a bobsleigh run because only nine nations had indicated an intention to take part. This was the only time that bobsledding was not included in the Olympic programme. As the Games were held in California, it seemed fitting that the chairman of the Pageantry Committee in charge of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies was none other than Walt Disney. A new sport, biathlon (a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting) was added to the Olympic programme. The first race was won by Klas Lestander of Sweden. Women competed in speed skating for the first time. Male speed skater Yevgeny Grishin gained victories in the 500m and the 1,500m, just as he had in 1956. The United States ice hockey team won an unexpected championship, upsetting both Canada and the USSR.
Official opening of the Games by: Vice-president Richard Nixon?
Poster from Olympic Museum Collection
Squaw Valley got KT?
Olympic venue revisited
XVIII Olympic Winter Games
In 1998 the Winter Olympic Games returned to Japan after 26 years. Snowboarding debuted as an official discipline. Curling was returned to the Olympic Winter programme this time with a tournament for both men and women. For the first time, the men's ice hockey tournament was opened to all professionals and women’s ice hockey was introduced to the Olympic programme. The inspired team from the Czech Republic scored a surprise victory. Björn Dählie won three gold medals in Nordic skiing to become the first winter athlete to earn eight career olympic gold medals and twelve total medals. Tara Lipinski won the women’s figure skating title to become, at 15, the youngest champion in an individual event in the history of the Winter Olympics. The spirit of the Games was exemplified by Alpine skier Hermann Maier. Maier survived a spectacular fall in the downhill, recovered and earned gold medals in both the super-G and the giant slalom.
Participation: 72 NOCs (Nations)
2,176 athletes (787 women, 1,389 men) 68 events
During the downhill, Hermann Maier (AUT-alpine skiing) took a spectacular fall: he lost his grip at 120km/h and eventually landed after three and a half seconds in the air. Three days later he raced in the super-G and won the gold medal. He then earned a second gold medal in the giant slalom.
Photo from Nazowa
Today have a look at one of the Nagano resorts