Our desire is that you leave the Museum understanding our ski history. The exhibits, within the 1800sq. ft. museum, begin with an overview of ancient ski history then you travel through medieval history showing how in this period skiing was mainly used for hunting and warfare. The exhibits then lead you through modern history beginning by teaching you about the “father of modern skiing” and then bringing you through the history of skiing in the Sierras. The displays follow the story as presented by Mark McLaughlin in his book of Sierra ski history “Longboards to the Olympics” with a special section deticated to Eddy Starr Ancinas’s book “Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – Tales from two Valleys”. Bill Clark and the Aurburn Ski Club have created a fantastic display of the early years of skiing which includes skis from some of Tahoe’s greatest.
We then enter the exhibits showcasing the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. The story is told through the definitive book on the Olympics by David C. Antonucci: “Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games”. You will learn why being awarded the Olympics was considered a “Snowball Chance” and how Richard Nixon, Walt Disney and the State of California made the Olympics a success. The Displays will include hundreds of artifacts from numerous donors from official materials from the Olympic committee to numerous collectables that were sold during the games.
Recently added to the collection are many Trophies from our museum partners, the Lake Tahoe Ski Club. Included in the trophy collection is the “Olympic Trophy” commerating Olympic team members from the tahoe region.
We have also received the original Olympic rings which are now on display. We believe the rings were used at the stadium for the McKinney Creek Nordic venue near Tahoma, Cal. The original owner salvaged them after the Olympics. Ron Parson, owner of Granlibakken Resort, arranged for the donation, obtained the rings, and put them on loan to the museum. The rings appear to be in their original condition without any visible repair or repainting.
The Museum has also been given the privlage to display the Original Photos from Bill Briner – the Offical photographer for the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Under development is a tribute to “Tahoe’s best” winter athletes currently with an overview of the best. Shortly we will provide a larger display that will include a large amount of memorabilia from the greats.
Come visit and be part of your great Ski History!