• Ancient Ski History through the 1700’s

    Ski History from Ancient times through the 1700’s

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  • Longboards to the Olympics

    Take a tour of “A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports” by Author Mark McLaughlin

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  • Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics

    Learn why the 1960 Olympics were a “Snowball’s Chance” told through the book of David C. Antonucci

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  • The Bill Briner Photo Collection

    See the remarkable Olympic Photo Collection of Bill Briner

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  • Best of Tahoe

    Learn about the Tahoe regions Ski Heroes from the 1800’s to Today!

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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Launch of the new Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation Website!

The Museum of Sierra Ski History and the Western Skisport Museum are partners with the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation (SVSMF) in working towards the creation of a World Class museum for the region.  On January 15th the SVSMF launched their website and one month earlier began the fundraising drive to get the project in full gear.  Between the two museums there is the largest western ski collection with 1000’s of artifacts including items from Snowshoe Thompson and skis from the gold rush era, to turn of the century skis up to items from our Olympians and the world class skiers of today.  We are all proud of the groups effort and are looking forward to making the SVSMF project happen.  Thanks everyone for the work and thanks to those that have donated.  For more information please visit the NEW SVSMF site at www.olympicskimuseum.com

The great skier Al Vincellette, winner of multiple titles, won the National Nordic Combined Championship on Feb 8th 1960 and went on to represent the US in the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley.  Al competed for the US in both nordic events and ski jumping which would be unheard of these days.    We are so fortunate that the family of Al donated his Olympic jumping skis which will be on display for everyone to enjoy shortly. The skis are made of wood and, unbelievable for that time, had plastic molded bottoms and stand over 7 feet tall.  There are no metal edges, as with ski jumping there is no turning, and therefore, no wear on the sides. Thank you so much Laura (Vincelette) Brewer, Al Vincelette, and Linda Vincelette Sehidoglu and their families at present!  ~~~~~~~ (You can see David Antonucci’s Tahoe TV interview about the skis and donation under the “Event Video” link on “Events/Press” page).