Squaw Valley Offers New On-Mountain Heritage Tours Highlighting the Race Venues from the 1960 Winter Olympics
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] January 24, 2013 – Squaw Valley is offering skiers and riders a glimpse into the past with new 1960 Winter Games Heritage Tours beginning Friday, Jan. 24. The new Heritage Tours are three-hour private excursions of Squaw Valley’s on-mountain Olympic venues and highlight historic moments of the 1960 Winter Games.
The tours are led by some of Squaw Valley’s most qualified, professional guides who will lead participants down the same trails that were used as Olympic venues during the 1960 Winter Games. The private tours are available for individuals or groups of up to five people and cost $200 ($40 per person for a group of five).
As part of the tours, guides will also share insider-details on Squaw's rich heritage and the incredible story of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic bid by Alex Cushing, founder of Squaw Valley, originally began as a publicity stunt to gain awareness for his new resort, though it eventually turned a potentially feasible plan. At the time of the bid, Squaw Valley was a small, fledgling ski resort with just one chairlift and lodging for fifty. After securing the bid for the VIII Winter Games, Squaw Valley emerged as a mecca for outdoor recreation and grew into a world-renowned winter sports destination. As the first fully televised Olympic games, the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley had a profound impact on winter sports in the United States by sparking an interest in winter athletics that continues to grow today. For more information on Squaw Valley’s Olympic heritage, click here. To view a short film on Squaw Valley's Olympic history, click here.
Tours can be booked by calling the Squaw Valley Ski and Snowboard School at 800-403-0206 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are required for the Heritage Tours. Given the terrain used for the Olympic venues, it is suggested that participants have intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding skills for the tours.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s newly upgraded suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 42 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.
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