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While fans of cocktails like to say that “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere,” fans of skiing can say that “it’s always a powder day somewhere.” The “Powder Chase of the Week” selection is based on recent or forecasted snowfall (preferably both). If you have a trust fund or timely dot-com cash-out, feel free to chase the powder at will.
Week 8: Squaw Valley USA, California
Squaw Valley USA reported 6 inches of new snow on the upper mountain by midday Tuesday. The National Weather Service predicts a daytime accumulation of up to 10 inches with another 6-10 inches Tuesday night at the California resort’s lower elevations. The higher elevations could receive as much as 17 inches Tuesday night according to the forecast.
Squaw Valley enjoyed its best December snowfall since 2001. However, until Tuesday’s storm, the resort had been dry since New Year’s Day. The rest of January is expected to be much more active for snowfall in the Lake Tahoe area.
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Squaw celebrates 50th Olympic anniversary
The new snow arrived in the midst of Squaw Valley’s celebration of the 1960 Winter Olympics’ 50th anniversary. The Winter Olympics have been held in the United States four times: Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1932 and 1980, Squaw Valley in 1960, and Salt Lake City in 2002.
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Having started on Jan. 8, the anniversary festivities culminate on Jan. 16 with the Olympic Legends Gala, held at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The sold-out event benefits the Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Winter Sports Heritage Center. Penny Pitou, the first American downhill skiing medalist, and Jack Riley, coach of the gold-medal 1960 U.S. hockey team, are among the Olympic veterans expected to attend.
Upcoming Olympic Heritage Events
Wednesday, Jan. 13
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Elementary School Cross Country Day – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.: 1960 Women’s Downhill Course – Olympian Guided Tour – Squaw Valley USA
Thursday, Jan. 14
9 a.m.: Squaw Valley Institute 1960 Historic Walking Tour – Squaw Valley USA
3 p.m.: Youth Hockey – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA
4 p.m.: Hockey Expo – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA
7 p.m.: Hockey Dinner – A Tribute to 1960 US Olympic Team – Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley USA
Friday, Jan. 15
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Scholastic (CNISSF) Nordic Race – Sugar Pine Point State Park
3 p.m.: Figure Skating Exhibition – Resort at Squaw Creek
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: “Skate & Taste”, followed by Winemaker’s Dinner – Resort at Squaw Creek
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Snowboard Rail Jam – Base of Big Springs Gondola, Village at Northstar
6 p.m.: 1960 Nordic Olympian Dinner – Granlibakken Resort
Saturday, Jan. 16
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Biathlon “Citizens Against the Clock” – Sugar Pine Point State Park
10 a.m. – Noon: Olympic Legends GS Challenge – Exhibition Run at Squaw Valley USA
3 p.m.: Closing Celebration – The Village at Squaw Valley USA
6 p.m.: 1960 Olympic Legends Gala – The Resort at Squaw Creek
Sunday, Jan. 17
3 p.m.: Youth Figure Skating Program – High Camp, El. 8200’ Squaw Valley USA
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