From April 16-18, Squaw Valley will be hosting the first ever U.S. Professional Ski Patrol Olympics. This is the first time in history that ski patrollers from all over North American will convene together to compete in one giant festival of competitions.
The event is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games of 1960. A variety of events will be happening, including seld races, beacon competitions and simulated bomb throws. Registration costs $89 per patroller, and includes a two-day lift ticket to Squaw, two mid-mountain on-snow BBQ lunches and admission to the Sunday night Awards Ceremony with live music. Discounted lodging is available for patrollers and spectators through Squaw Valley Central Reservations at (800) 545-5585.
The Registration Party at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina start the weekend off on Friday night from 6-9 PM. Patrollers will check in, sign up for each event and then help themselves to some PBR while hanging out with the coolest ski patrollers from around the country.
Saturday morning, the competitions get going with a randonée race followed by a beacon competition and a giant slalom race down The Slot. In the afternoon, the competitions will break for an on-snow BBQ in the Cornice II Bowl. Squaw Valley’s food and beverage team will be grilling up burgers as patrol teams relax in the on-mountain snow lounge. The day’s events wrap up at 5 p.m. with awards and after-party at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina.
On Sunday morning the competition continues with a Sled Race, Bamboo Throw and simulated Bomb Throw. Patrollers will again enjoy a mid-mountain lunch on the snow, feasting on burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. The weekend concludes at Cornice Cantina an awards ceremony featuring music and prizes.
For more information about the Professional Ski Patrol Olympics, contact Squaw Valley Ski Patrol at (530) 452-7124 or by email at eknudson(at)squaw.com.