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Winter Games Celebration

Join us as we cheer on our Squaw Valley athletes while they prepare for Sochi 2014! As the host of the 1960 Winter Games, we'll carry on the Winter Games spirit with viewing parties plus we'll give away a pair of HEAD skis or a snowboard each night! Enter the #SochiDailyGiveaway for a chance to win, get the inside scoop on Squaw Valley athletes representing Team USA and read about the 1960 Winter Games.

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Viewing Parties

Winter Games Viewing Parties

Cheer on Squaw athletes and Team USA at our nightly viewing parties hosted at Rocker@Squaw. Win big raffle prizes like GoPro's & accessories, Oakley gear, Clif bars, Stitch Mountain book and knitting and crochet kits provided by Jimmy Beans Wool and Red Heart and Rowan Yarn.

  • 2 winners each night!
  • (1) Best dressed Winter Games fan & (1) raffle winner must be present to win
  • Receive raffle ticket upon entry to Rocker
  • #sochidailygiveaway & raffle winners announced at 9pm
  • "Road to Sloshi" food & drink specials every night
Date Events Time
February 8

Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
Women's Moguls

February 9 - Squaw Athletes Racing Men's Downhill - Featuring Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
February 10 - Squaw Athlete Racing Women's Super Combined - Featuring Julia Mancuso
Men's Moguls
February 11 Men's Snowboard Halfpipe
Women's Slopestyle
February 12 - Squaw Athlete Racing Women's Downhill - Featuring Julia Mancuso
Women's Snowboard Halfpipe
February 13 Men's Slopestyle 8pm
February 14 Men's Super Combined
Women's Aerials
February 15 - Squaw Athlete Racing Women's Super G - Featuring Julia Mancuso 8pm
February 16 - Squaw Athletes Racing

Men's Super G - Featuring Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan
Women's Snowboard Cross

February 17 - Squaw Athlete Racing Men's Snowboard Cross - Featuring Nate Holland
Men's Aerials

February 18 - Squaw Athlete Racing

Women's GS - Featuring Julia Mancuso
Men's Halfpipe

February 18- FREE (VICE Documentary) A film about four of freeskiing's most promising young athletes as they compete for the chance to be a part of the sport's first Olympic Team 6:30pm
February 21 Women's Slalom 8pm


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Sochi Daily Giveaway

Sochi Daily Giveaway

Win a pair of HEAD skis or a snowboard every day during the Winter Games! Like us on Facebook and enter for a chance to win. We'll announce winners at our Winter Games Viewing Parties hosted at Rocker@Squaw. Plus, we'll give away other sweet raffle prizes throughout the party.

Squaw Athletes

Squaw Athletes Heading to Sochi Winter Games

Learn a about Squaw Valley locals and athletes that are heading to Sochi! Follow their adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso splits her time between Squaw Valley, Hawaii and hotel rooms across the globe. In between, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship. As a four-event athlete from the beginning, Mancuso started World Cup racing and was a NorAm champion at 16, competed in the Olympics at 17, set a U.S. mark for Junior World Championships medals before she was out of her teens, and then started her twenties by capturing two World Championships medals.

Travis Ganong

Travis Ganong knows how to pick a line down a racecourse and in the backcountry, but it was the line set by his older sisters, Megan and Ali, that helped reel him into ski racing. He launched his World Cup career in 2010 and has quickly become a leading member of the future downhill greats club.

It's not about points anymore for Ganong; it's about when his first World Cup podium will happen. The Squaw Valley charger posted top 30 finishes in all but two World Cup downhills last season, including a career best seventh on the gnarly Stelvio speed track in Bormio, Italy. Add it all up and he pinned a personal best 18th in the season-long downhill standings. He then celebrated by winning super G gold at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw.

Marco Sullivan

Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He was on a ski hill in his earliest memory, coming down a snow-covered gravel hill in his backyard at three. He learned to go fast on some of the gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It's all about the speed.

For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008. A season-opening downhill podium in Lake Louise set the pace for "Sully" to finish 14th in the season-long standings. For a downhiller, being in the top 15 draw is prime real estate. What makes it even more impressive is that he opted to skip the Bormio, Italy DH.

Nate Holland

With seven X Games gold medals Nate Holland has enough precious metal to gild his driveway by now. Born and raised in northern Idaho, Holland developed a taste for adventure at a young age that has carried him throughout his career. A snowboardcross specialist, Nate defines the sports chaotic style by going all-out in every race. The 2012 winter was no different for Holland, earning his seventh X Games gold, and two World Cup podiums before bowing out with a broken shoulder blade.


1960 Winter Games History

1960 Winter Games History

Alex Cushing’s bid to host the 1960 Winter Games originally began as a plan to gain publicity for the resort. However, the announcement of the bid stirred so much excitement that Cushing saw the real potential of hosting the Winter Games. What began as an impulsive idea quickly materialized into a feasible plan, and Squaw Valley, with only one chairlift and lodging for fifty, became a forerunner in run for the Winter Games bid.

Cushing won over the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with the idea of a California valley with an annual snowfall of 450 inches and downhill terrain that had never been successfully schussed, yet International Olympic Committee (IOC) members continued to remind Cushing that his case was hopeless. The European-dominated Federation Internationale du Ski (FIS) highly favored Innsbruck and remained committed to the Alps’ glory. However, Joe Marillac, a French resistance fighter turned Squaw Valley Ski School Director, convinced the FIS that Squaw Valley was an exciting and technically-challenging mountain rivaling even the steepest terrain the Alps had to offer.
Ultimately, Cushing’s campaign succeeded through the power of an idea—a return to the Olympic ideas of simplicity with a focus on athleticism, sportsmanship and diversity. Cushing’s bid, written in English, French and Spanish, noted Europe’s monopoly of the Winter Games and declared that “the Olympics belong to the world. Not just one continent.”

During the next four years, the Squaw Valley team, the California Organizing Committee, the state of California, Placer County and thousands of others worked to build a venue worthy of the Winter Games. Access roads, bridges, chair lifts, lodging, an ice rink, a speed skating oval and a ski jump all sprang from the Valley floor. Several original structures including the current Far East Center, Member’s Locker Room and Ski Rental Shop still remain today. In addition, the Olympic Village Lodge, where the athletes all dined together during the 1960 Games, still stands today as Squaw Valley’s corporate offices and conference center. The Squaw Valley Winter Games was the first and only time in history when all the competitors lived and dined together under one roof.

The 1960 Winter Olympics were the first Olympics to be fully televised and the world’s eyes turned to Squaw Valley to witness America’s first Gold Medal in hockey as the young team went on to defeat first the Russians and then Czechoslovakia in the midst of the Cold War. That year, spectators also witnessed the first Olympic female speed skaters, the first artificially refrigerated ice surface and the first computer used to tabulate results.

The 1960 Olympic Winter Games brought commerce and infrastructure to the Lake Tahoe Area, turning a former summer vacation town into a renowned winter destination and transforming Squaw Valley, a small ski mountain with one chairlift and lodging for fifty, into a world-class ski resort. Since 1960, Squaw Valley   has continued to thrive and is consistently ranked among the world’s top resorts. With  3,600 skiable acres across six peaks, North America’s most advanced lift network and some of the best lift accessed terrain in the world, Squaw Valley continues to inspire all of those who happen upon her majestic peaks—just as she once inspired one man to do the impossible.  

The 1960 Winter Games, marked many notable events and achievements:

  • The 1960 Winter Olympics were the first Games held in the Western United States and the first to be televised.
  • The Olympic Village Inn was built to house more than 750 athletes; it allowed all athletes to be housed under one roof for the first and only time in modern Olympic history.
  • Computers were used to tabulate results for the first time. The glass-walled IBM processor drew almost as many observers as the competitions.
  • After a virtually snow-less early season, a heavy Sierra storm moved in to save the Games. At the Opening Ceremonies, dense snowfall greeted the Greek delegation as it led the athletes' procession. Just then, the storm broke and a ray of light beamed down. The sky remained clear as Vice President Richard Nixon declared the Games officially open.
  • Figure skater Carol Heiss took the Olympic Oath on behalf of all participating athletes, marking the first time that a woman enjoyed the honor. She later won Gold with first place rankings from all nine judges.
  • The largest group yet gathered to see a winter sports program in America convened on February 22, 1960 as over 47,000 spectators packed into the Valley.
  • Frenchman Jean Vuarnet became the first Olympian to compete on metal skis- a pair of Allais 60's. He won Gold for France in the Men's Downhill.
  • With the help of Russian Team Captain Nikolai "Solly" Sologubov, the US won its first (Gold!) medal in Hockey.In the last period, Team USA beat Czechoslovakia 9-4.
  View historical photos from the 1960 Winter Games

1960 Olympic Heritage Tours & Lodging Package

1960 Winter Games Heritage Tours

Discover the actual, on-mountain venues from the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley during our 3 hour, private guided tours. Tours do not include ski or snowboard instruction. 

Group Lesson Type Includes Age Meeting Times Lesson Times Levels Rate
Half Day Tour Private tour only
Can include up to 5 people
13+ 8:45am 9am - 12pm

For more information or to make a reservation please contact our Ski & Snowboard School directly at 530-452-4349, toll free at 800-403-0206, or email

Cancellation policy: Lessons cancelled after 1p.m. the day prior will incur a $15 cancellation fee. Same day/or no-show cancellations are subject to the full charge of the lesson. For same day cancellations, if you decide to re-schedule for another day, a $40 administrative fee will be incurred.


1960 Winter Games Heritage Lodging Package

Enjoy a guided on-mountain tour where you'll discover the venues of the 1960 Winter Games at Squaw Valley. Stay in historic Olympic Village Inn where all athletes stayed under one roof for the first and only time in modern Olympic history. The Olympic Heritage Package includes:

  • 3 night stay at Olympic Village Inn
  • (2) 2-day lift tickets
  • 3-Hour guided Olympic Heritage Tour

Starting from $384pp/pn

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Rate is per person, per night, based on double occupancy in a standard room for a one night stay. This package is available in all room types at an additional cost. Offer valid for stays 1/25/14 through 4/27/14. Additional blackout dates may apply. Based on availability, further restrictions may apply. Offer not valid for group bookings.

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