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Pioneer Ski Area of America

Squaw Valley, California

 
 
Pioneer Ski Area of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2009
1. Pioneer Ski Area of America Marker
Inscription. One thousand competitors from 34 nations came to Squaw Valley to compete in the VIII Olympic Winter Games of 1960. The Games, brought here by Alexander C. Cushing, commemorated a century of sport skiing in America. By 1860 mining towns in the Sierra Nevada, particularly Whiskey Diggings, Poker Flat, Port Wine, Onion Valley, La Porte, and Johnsville, saw the first organized ski clubs and competition in the western hemisphere.

California Registered Historical Landmark No.724

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in Cooperation with the California Historical Society and the Organizing Committee, VIII Olympic Winter Games, February 14, 1960. Rededicated by Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, February 1996.
 
Erected 1960 by California State Park Commission, California Historical Society and the Organizing Committe - VIII Olympic Winter Games. (Marker Number 724.)
 
Location. 39° 11.801′ N, 120° 14.15′ W. Marker is in Olympic Valley, California, in Placer County. Marker is on Squaw Valley Road 3 miles west of California Route 89. Click for map. Marker is located adjacent to the lobby entrance of the Cable Car Building at Squaw Valley. Marker is in this post office area: Olympic Valley CA 96146, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Pioneer Ski Area of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2009
2. Pioneer Ski Area of America Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum (approx. 5.3 miles away); A Safe Harbor (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Sacred Lake (approx. 5.4 miles away); Tahoe City's Constables (approx. 5.4 miles away); William B. Layton Park (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin (approx. 5.4 miles away); Duane Leroy Bliss (approx. 5.4 miles away); Grand Central Hotel (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Pioneer Ski Area of America. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 724 on January 18, 1960.
 
Also see . . .
1. Squaw Valley is Chosen to Host the VIII Winter Games!. "On a cold spring day in 1955, in Paris, France, Alexander Cushing managed to secure Squaw Valley USA as the site for the VIII Olympic Winter Games." (Submitted on October 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The 1960 U.S. Hockey Team. "The phrase "U.S. men's hockey gold medal" usually conjures up visions of Lake Placid, of goaltender Jim Craig draped in the Stars and Stripes searching for his father, or announcer Al Michaels asking if we 'believe in miracles.'" But 1980 was not the first time the United States acheived Olympic Hockey Gold. (Submitted on October 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Squaw Valley image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2009
3. Squaw Valley
The tower at the top of the mountain is for the Cable Car Lift.
 
 
Additional keywords. Olympics
 
Categories. Sports
 
Squaw Valley - Site of the VIII Winter Games - 1960 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2009
4. Squaw Valley - Site of the VIII Winter Games - 1960
The snow seen on the mountain is from an early October storm.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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