Winner of the International Ski History Association’s SKADE Award
for “outstanding book on regional ski history”
An Epic Tale from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
In the rugged High Sierra at the north end of Lake Tahoe, California, two adjacent valleys lie protected by high peaks to the west and separated by a massive ridge. The story of how these two remote valleys became two (now one) of the best-known ski areas in North America, begins with their discoveries by two visionaries: Wayne Poulsen, a young ski competitor from Reno, who first saw the potential in Squaw Valley while fishing there as a boy in 1931, and John Reily, a Los Angeles businessman who came to Squaw Valley in 1955, and saw from the top of the KT22 ski lift a pristine valley to the south.
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.
Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys 70th Anniversary Edition
Available for Pre-Order | Publication Date: October 7, 2019
Nestled amid California’s High Sierra Peaks, two valleys have captured the imaginations of skiers and mountain explorers year after year.
Squaw Valley made a name for itself on the world stage as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, just over a high ridge, Alpine Meadows was developed by devoted local skiers and Bay Area families. Discover the stories of Wayne Poulsen, John Reily and Alex Cushing as they battle avalanches, fires, floods, public opinion and the whims of mountain weather. This revised edition celebrates these two North Lake Tahoe locales, now united and looking to the future.
Local award-winning author and ski historian Eddy Ancinas shares the history of these two valleys as no one has done before.
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If you would like to schedule an interview, author event or a chat with your book club, group or organization (in-person or via Skype), please contact Eddy HERE.
ISBN: 978-1-4671-4405-6 • Paperback • 160 pages • $21.99 • October 7, 2019
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Publication Date: October 7, 2019