Start of the Mens Downhill at the Palisades
Photo (c) Bill Briner, used with permission

Join along in our 1960 Winter Games historical trivia series. Each day is an anniversary celebration with historical look backs and a chance to win an Adult Midweek 2020-2021 Ticket to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and an entry into the Grand Prize of a 3-Night Stay at a Resort of Your Choice. Plus, Grand Pacific Resorts is making a $10 donation in your name to The SNOW Sports Museum as a commitment to preserving the legacy of the valley.

Alpine skiing, also commonly referred to as downhill skiing, takes place on ski runs that span a range of difficulty ratings. The primary factor in determining ski trail difficulty is slope gradient.

When it comes to Olympic ski racing, alpine skiing is one of the most popular events—and one of the most dangerous. Steep slopes, narrow runs, and icy conditions make alpine ski terrain potentially hazardous. Throw in racing speeds of up to 95mph, and it’s easy to see why the International Ski Federation reports that nearly one third of all competitive skiers suffer at least one serious injury during the winter season.

One of the sport’s most dangerous ski runs is located at Squaw Valley, host of the Winter Olympics Games Squaw Valley 1960. The fabled Fingers sits on KT-22 and consists of a sheer outcropping of rock that plunges into a nearly vertical drop.

The alpine skiing competitions of the Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley 1960 took place across the valley at Squaw Peak (men’s downhill), KT-22 (women’s downhill and the other men’s events), and Little Papoose Peak (women’s slalom and giant slalom).

Know more 1960 Olympics Trivia? Click below for the chance to win:

Winter Games 1960 Squaw Valley

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