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Squaw Valley offers Heritage Tours

Heritage photos from Squaw Valley and the 1960 Olympics: ice rink
Heritage photos from Squaw Valley and the 1960 Olympics: ice rink
Squaw PR/Robert Reid

Squaw Valley is hosting Heritage Tours that highlight the 1960 Olympics, according to a Friday, January 24 press release. Amelia Richmond, who heads PR at Squaw, said in the release that Squaw Valley will give "...skiers and riders a glimpse into the past."

Alex Cushing, founder of Squaw Valley, at 1960 Olympics
George Silk

The tours began on Friday. They are, according to Richmond, "...three-hour private excursions of Squaw Valley's on-mountain Olympic venues and highlight historic moments of the 1960 Winter Games."

These private tours will take participants on the same tours that were used as Olympic venues at the 1960 games.

The tours, said Richmond, "...are led by some of Squaw Valley's most qualified, professional guides. 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."

Alex Cushing, who founded Squaw Valley, made the Olympic bid as a means to put a spotlight on his new resort. It turned into a reality for the small resort. They had one chairlift and lodging for 50 people.

Squaw Valley secured the bid, and has been growing and welcoming guests ever since. The story about the 1960 Games is fascinating.

The U.S. Army helped out, as well as most of the community. In the end, Mother Nature chipped in with what was really needed: snow, and lots of it.

It's worth the $40 just to find out how all this happened. It was far from certain that all the parts would be in place in time for the games.

Book your tour by calling the Squaw Valley Ski and Snowboard School at 1-800-403-0206. Email your request to You must have a reservation for the Heritage Tours. Skiers and riders should have at least intermediate to advanced skills for the tours. The terrain being covered was, after all, Olympic level.

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