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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys
by Eddy Ancinas


In the rugged High Sierra at the north end of Lake Tahoe, California; two adjacent valleys lie protected by high peaks to the west and separated by a massive ridge. The story of how these two remote valleys became two (now one) of the best-known ski areas in North America, begins with their discoveries by two visionaries: Wayne Poulsen, a young ski competitor from Reno, who first saw the potential in Squaw Valley while fishing there as a boy in 1931, and John Reily, a Los Angeles businessman, who came to Squaw Valley in 1955, and looked down from the top of the KT22 ski lift into a pristine valley to the south.

How these two valleys-so close geographically yet so distant philosophically-survived avalanches, fires, floods, lift accidents, economic ups and downs, ski trends, public opinion, good and bad management; and how the corporatization of both sides of the mountain inevitably joined them as one, is a story about the people who lived, worked and survived all of the above in both valleys. Today, a new chapter unfolds as the distinct philosophies behind Squaw and Alpine unite the two valleys under common ownership, and their future is linked by a young couple who own the ridge that separates them.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys
Eddie Ancinas, Author
Publisher: The History Press (February 20, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1609497139

About the Author:
Eddy 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 and currently live between the two valleys.

Eddy has published travel articles in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe, Nevada Magazine (best travel story award). She also writes ski history pieces for Skiing Heritage magazine, plus an article on the 1960 Olympics for The Atlantic.

 

 

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