Organized ski racing in America started near Lake Tahoe in the 1860s when gold miners rode 15-foot boards that reached speeds near 100 miles per hour. By 1895, residents of Truckee had started the nation’s first winter carnival west of the Rocky Mountains and soon built the largest ski jump in California.
Today’s Lake Tahoe, with significant annual snowfall, has become home to the largest concentration of ski resorts on the continent. Places like Mount Rose, Squaw Valley (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics), Sugar Bowl, Heavenly Valley, Homewood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Diamond Peak, Donner Ski Ranch, Granlibakken, and Northstar-at-
Highlights of Skiing at Lake Tahoe include:
• Lake Tahoe’s fascinating ski history from the 19th century to the present.
• A collection of historic images depicting the thrill, drama, and excitement of alpine skiing at one of North America’s favorite destinations.
• The roots of alpine skiing in North America, starting with the legendary John “Snowshoe”
• The opening of major resorts like Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics.
• The history and current status of every major ski resort in the Lake Tahoe basin, including a few that have come and gone over the years.
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