The Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics was created to preserve and display our wonderful ski heritage. The museum is a tour back through ski history from its beginnings through the 1960 Olympics. Visitors will learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Interpretive posters will present excerpts from two recent ski history books, “From Longboards to the Olympics” by Mark McLaughlin and “Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games” by David C. Antonucci. In addition, there will be a display celebrating the wonderful book by Eddy Starr Ancinas about Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows “Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – Tales from two Valleys”.
The exhibits include hundreds of artifacts including official Olympic items such as skis, racing bibs, official results, promotional literature and participation mementos. . Dozens of never before exhibited banners, souvenirs and spectator memorabilia from the Batiste Family Collection are on display. The collection includes items from the pre-Olympic days of Squaw Valley Ski Area. Exhibits will also show rarely seen conceptual drawings prepared by Walt Disney for planning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games.
We are fortunate to have been given the privilege of displaying the original Olympic Photo collection from Bill Briner, the official photographer of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.
The museum is presented by Tahoe Museum LLC, a public benefit organization founded by Stan and Maryann Batiste and David C. Antonucci. The Lake Tahoe Ski Club, Auburn Ski Club, Squaw Valley Museum Foundation and private Olympic memorabilia collections from the Batiste Family, Wendall Broomhall, Martin Hollay, and Dave Newton are contributing rare artifacts and photos to the displays.
Channel Properties, owner of the Boatworks Mall, is hosting the museum as a public benefit and at no cost to the exhibitors.
The museum is on the second floor of the Boatworks Mall, 760 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
Admission is free, with donations appreciated.