Squaw Valley celebrates 50 years of Olympic legacy

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 4, 2010 5:34 pm

[Squaw Valley USA] January 4, 2010 – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley USA and North Lake Tahoe are hosting a week-long celebration January 8 through January 17. Complete with fireworks, hockey, ski racing, a retro party and a grand gala, this week promises to bring back the magic of the 1960 Winter Games.

The week kicks off with an Opening Celebration and fireworks display at the Village at Squaw Valley USA. The Village streets will come alive as 1960s Olympians return to the Valley, many for the first time since the 1960 Winter Games. Local Olympians are set to run a torch relay from Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore up to Squaw Valley where the resort will reignite the Olympic flame. Following speeches by Uncle E, Jonny Moseley and Squaw Valley CEO Nancy Cushing, the sky will erupt into a gorgeous fireworks display visible from the Village and the KT Sundeck.

With the ten day celebration culminating in the 1960 Olympic Legends Gala, revelers have the opportunity to mingle and dance with 1960 Olympic Legends and Olympians past and present in the Grand Ballroom at the Resort at Squaw Creek. In attendance are 1960 Olympic Legends Penny Pitou, the 1960 Hockey Team Coach Jack Riley, Osvaldo Ancinas, Starr Walton, Babette Haueisen, as well as other Olympians past and present. A multi media presentation depicting mountain culture in 1960 kicks off the evening. The Gala comes alive with live music and dancing, and delicious cuisine by Chef Jason Friendly, champagne and a silent auction bring in an element of winter sports nostalgia. Cocktail reception begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Ticket proceeds benefit the Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Winter Sports Heritage Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.squawvalleymuseum.org/store.html.

The Olympic Heritage Celebration welcomes a wide variety of events celebrating the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Sugar Pine Point State Park is hosting a biathlon and Nordic racing, while Squaw Valley USA is recreating the original men’s and women’s downhill courses, open for guided tours by past Olympians. On Thursday, January 14, Squaw Valley commemorates the astounding success of the 1960 Hockey Team, the first ‘miracle on ice’, with a day of hockey exhibitions at High Camp and a 1960 US Olympic Hockey Team tribute dinner at The Light Towers, a new spot in the Olympic House.

The 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics saw many firsts. It was the first time the Olympic Games were held in the Western United States, the first time the Games were nationally televised and the first time computers were used to calculate scores. The 1960 Winter Games were also the first and only time that the Olympic athletes were housed under one roof. In a time before grooming machines, sponsorship contracts and HD Television, the 1960 Olympics revolved around ideals of simplicity, athleticism and international camaraderie.
To honor this legacy, North Lake Tahoe invites the public to come out for this once in a lifetime week of events and celebrate the region’s Olympic heritage.

Olympic Heritage Events

Friday, 8 January 2010
9 AM – 4:30 PM: Commemorative Relay from Sugar Pine Point State Park to Squaw Valley USA
2:30 PM: Torch Relay Torch Presentation by Bill Bowness and Penny Pitou at Tower of Nations, Entrance of Squaw Valley
4:30 PM: Opening Celebration and Fireworks – The Village at Squaw Valley USA
6:30 PM: 1960 Olympians’ Reception – Squaw Valley Lodge

Saturday, 9 January 2010
10 AM – 4 PM: Biathlon Re-enactment – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 AM: Shooting Stars Youth Slalom Race – Squaw Valley USA
8 PM: 1960 Retro Party – Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley USA

Sunday, 10 January 2010
10 AM – 12 PM: 50th Anniversary Jazz Service – Squaw Valley Chapel
10 AM – 3 PM: Cross Country Expo and Demo – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 AM: Historic Biathlon Video – Sierra Conference Room, Village at Northstar
1 – 3 PM: Biathlon Demonstration and Race – Northstar Cross-Country Ski Center
10 AM: Traditional Ski Jumping – Auburn Ski Club Training Center, Donner Summit
11 AM – 3 PM: Plumas Ski Club Longboarding – Resort Run, Squaw Valley USA
3 PM: Apres Ski Social – Sun Deck, Resort at Squaw Creek
5:30 PM: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Commemorative Wine Tasting with Jonny Moseley

Monday, 11 January 2010
10 AM & 2 PM: 1960 Men’s Downhill Course- Olympian Guided Tours- Squaw Valley USA

Tuesday, 12 January 2010
8 AM – 4 PM: Freestyle Moguls Competition – Alpine Meadows
12 PM: Silver Belt Luncheon and Ski Tour – Sugar Bowl
7 PM: Olympic Themed Broomball – Resort at Squaw Creek

Wednesday, 13 January 2010
10 AM – 2 PM: Elementary School Cross Country Day – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 AM & 2 PM: 1960 Women’s Downhill Course – Olympian Guided Tour – Squaw Valley USA

Thursday, 14 January 2010
9 AM: Squaw Valley Institute 1960 Historic Walking Tour – Squaw Valley USA
3 PM: Youth Hockey – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA
4 PM: Hockey Expo – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA
7 PM: Hockey Dinner – A Tribute to 1960 US Olympic Team – Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley USA

Friday, 15 January 2010
10 AM – 2 PM: Scholastic (CNISSF) Nordic Race – Sugar Pine Point State Park
3 PM: Figure Skating Exhibition – Resort at Squaw Creek
4 PM – 5:15 PM: “Skate & Taste”, followed by Winemaker’s Dinner – Resort at Squaw Creek
5 PM – 7 PM: Snowboard Rail Jam – Base of Big Springs Gondola, Village at Northstar
6 PM: 1960 Nordic Olympian Dinner – Granlibakken Resort

Saturday, 16 January 2010
10 AM & 2 PM: Biathlon “Citizens Against the Clock” – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 AM – 12 PM: Olympic Legends GS Challenge – Exhibition Run at Squaw Valley USA
3 PM: Closing Celebration – The Village at Squaw Valley USA
6 PM: 1960 Olympic Legends Gala – The Resort at Squaw Creek

Sunday, 17 January 2010
3 PM: Youth Figure Skating Program – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA

Ongoing Events
Interpretive Programs on Mountain at Squaw Valley USA
1960 Men’s/Women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom – flagged/marked – Squaw Valley USA
Temporary Museum Exhibits at Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Pine Point State Park
Squaw Valley Institute Winter Film Festival – Bar One, Squaw Valley USA
1960 Mountain Venue Tours – Squaw Valley USA
1960 Cross Country Trails – Sugar Pine Point State Park
Curling – Resort at Squaw Creek