An Epic Tale from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
In search of funds to build a ski area; Poulsen formed a company with Alexander Cushing, a Wall Street lawyer, and Reily founded a corporation, whose members were skiers of national prominence. Ultimately, both men lost control of their dreams to build a ski area. Poulsen was ousted by Cushing, and Reily failed to raise sufficient funds.
By 1960, Squaw Valley, having hosted the Winter Olympics, had become a world-class ski resort, with extensive facilities and a lively community of permanent and part-time residents. Meanwhile, Alpine Meadows’ investors and homeowners shunned commercial development, and prided themselves on being a “family area—owned and operated by real skiers.”
How these two valleys—so close geographically yet so distant philosophically—survived avalanches, fires, floods, lift accidents, economic ups and downs, ski trends, public opinion, good and bad management; and how the corporatization of both sides of the mountain inevitably joined them as one, is a story about the people who lived, worked and survived all of the above in both valleys.
Tales from Two Valleys – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
Nestled amidst California’s High Sierra Peaks, two valleys have captured the imaginations of mountain explorers and skiers since the 1930s. In this account, local author and longtime skier Eddy Starr Ancinas shares the histories of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows as they’ve never been told before, including the stories of John Reily, Wayne Poulsen and Alex Cushing, the visionaries whose dreams and determination forever transformed North Lake Tahoe. Squaw made a name for itself on the world stage thanks to its surprise nomination as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, just one mountain apart, Alpine was built with the support of local skiers and Bay Area families. Today, a new chapter unfolds as the distinct philosophies behind Squaw and Alpine unite under common ownership.
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ISBN: 978-1-60949-713-2 • Paperback • 160 pages • $19.99 • February 20, 2013
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