• 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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Eddy Starr Ancinas

Descendent of a California ski and mountaineering family,
first skied at Badger Pass in Yosemite in the 1940s before following many
California skiers to Sugar Bowl and on to Squaw Valley when it opened in 1948.
She was a guide for the International Olympic Committee in Squaw Valley at the
1960 Olympics, where she met her husband, a member of the Argentine Olympic
Team. They raised their family in Alpine Meadows, where he was a ski coach for
the Lake Tahoe Ski Club. During the ’70s and ’80s, they owned and operated ski
shops (Casa Andina) in both Alpine and Squaw. Eddy has been a contributor to
Skiing Heritage magazine and has published an article on the 1960
Olympics for The Atlantic. Currently, she is a board member of the future
Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Sierra Ski Heritage Center. She and her husband
live between the two valleys.


Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows – Tales from two Valleys

Nestled amidst California’s High Sierra peaks, two valleys have captured the imaginations of skiers and mountain explorers year after year. In this account, local author and longtime skier Eddy Starr Ancinas shares the histories of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows as they’ve never been told before, including the stories of John Reily, Wayne Poulsen and Alex Cushing, the visionaries whose dreams and determination forever transformed North Lake Tahoe. Squaw made a name for itself on the world stage thanks to its surprise nomination as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, just one mountain apart, Alpine was built with the support of local skiers and Bay Area families. Today, a new chapter unfolds as the distinct philosophies behind Squaw and Alpine unite under common ownership.