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Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Squaw Valley, California

In 1960 the Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley. The ski resort was brand new, as was the Olympic Village and specialized facilities such as the ski jump and ice rink. It was a major public relation coup for the Lake Tahoe area and for alpine skiining in the U.S.

For years the resort here was characterized by huge ugly parking lots and deteriorating facilities, but new investments have made majhor improvements. The tall new condos and hotels with pedestrian-only streets have created a ski village similar to Vail or Whistler. Still to be resolved, extensive damage to the meadows dating back to the original development.

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
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See also: 1960 Winter Olympics

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The Tram at Squaw Valley

The Tram at Squaw Valley

A gondola lift known as the Tram connects the main part of Squaw Valley with High Camp, 200 feet higher on the mountain.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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Squaw Valley has 29 ski lifts

Squaw Valley has 29 ski lifts

A total of 29 ski lifts provide access to the slopes above Olympic Valley - this is the Gold Coast Funitel. Base elevation is 6200 feet, the highest lifts reach 9050 feet.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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Squaw Valley ski runs status

Squaw Valley ski runs status

This huge board gives the status of 54 runs in the Squaw Valley ski area, all of them of course closed in October.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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Parking at Squaw Valley

Parking at Squaw Valley

For many years the main feature of Squaw Valley was the vast expanse of ugly parking lots. Here we see a bit of the old, a huge day-use parking lot, and the new, a multi-story garage and the Village at Squaw Valley. The A-frame is one of two 1960 Olympics buildings still in use.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley

Emulating Whistler and Vail, the Village at Squaw Valley replaces vast parking areas with traffic-free lanes and plazas.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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Village at Squaw Valley

Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley combines accomodation and entertainment in a compact multi-building complex. The Tram to High Camp is seen at the end of the street.

Squaw Valley, California

Date photographed: October 11, 2015
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