Squaw Valley: Premiere Skiing in California
Squaw Valley has a unique story in its origins. Wayne Poulsen, a skier with the University of Nevada, fell in love with the area, and bought 2000 acres of Squaw Valley land from the Southern Pacific Railroad. He already had a history with the area, having competed in an Olympic trial in Tahoe City in 1931. Shortly after purchasing the 2000 acres, he met a fellow Harvard alum and lawyer, Alex Cushing, who also found great potential in the area. He brought the idea of an entire ski resort in Squaw Valley to prominence, and in 1949, opened the Squaw Valley Resort to the public.
Andy Wirth currently holds the position of president and CEO of Squaw Valley. Wirth has worked in the hotel and mountain resort industry for over 25 years. He began his career at Steamboat Springs Resort in Colorado in 1986, working in various leadership and marketing positions. In 2010, he left his position at Steamboat to become the President of Squaw Valley.
Squaw Valley is an amazing facility. Serving as the home for the 1960 Olympic Winter games, it is the second-largest skiing facility in Lake Tahoe California. The facility has 30 chairlifts, and is situated on over 3600 acres of land. Every year, over 600,000 skiers come to visit the ski resort and partake of its magnificent slopes.
There are several outstanding assets that Squaw Valley provides, including a tramway that allows breathtaking scenic views, rising 2000 feet to High Camp, situated 8200 feet above sea level.
Cushing is credited for many of Squaw Valley’s particulars, many of them firsts for a ski resort. Its exposure to the world through the Olympic Games in 1960 is said to be responsible for the increased interest in skiing in the United States, a trend that still exists today.
Today Squaw Valley is still inviting individual and skiing thrill seekers to visit and experience what it has to offer in thrills and beauty. Even after all these years, it is recognized by travelers and serious skiers as one of the best ski resorts in the world.