#0724 Pioneer Ski Area of America, Squaw Valley


#0724 Pioneer Ski Area of America, Squaw Valley

Site information:

Adjacent to Lobby Entrance of Cable Car Building at base of mountain, Squaw Valley


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Pioneer Ski Area of America

One thousand competitors from 34 nations came to Squaw Valley to compete in the VIII Olympic Winter Games of 1960. The Games, brought here by Alexander C. Cushing, commemorated a century of sport skiing in America. By 1860 mining towns in the Sierra Nevada, particularly Whiskey Diggings, Poker Flat, Port Wine, Onion Valley, La Porte, and Johnsville, saw the first organized ski clubs and competition in the western hemisphere.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in Cooperation with the California Historical Society and the Organizing Committee, VIII Olympic Winter Games, February 14, 1960. Rededicated by Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, February 1996.

Registered 1/18/1960