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The idea to build a museum of Sierra Ski History and the 1960 Winter Olympic Games has been in the hearts and minds of the skiing community for many decades; so when members of the Tahoe Truckee community joined together to pursue this goal, they established a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Foundation (Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation) and began to look for a site where the stories and events of over 100 years of ski history could be displayed in a modern facility.
In 2010, at the end of a week-long Olympic Heritage Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Winter Olympics, an un-forgettable, sold-out Gala was held at the resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley. It’s widely acclaimed success was proof of overwhelming interest and support . Soon after, an enthusiastic board of directors launched a fundraising campaign to hire a full-time executive director and engaged consultants, engineers and architects to complete the permitting process to secure the location. Grants from Placer and Nevada Counties have provided significant support, along with matching donor funds from Board members, organizations and individual donors in the community.
A new name, Sierra Nevada Olympic & Winter Sports Museum, better represents the geographic region and core values of the museum. The catchy acronym will resonate with all generations: The SNOW Sports Museum. Exhibits will display historical artifacts dating back to the 1800’s, and photographs and films will add to the stories and memories of past feats and events . The Museum will offer dynamic Educational opportunities for students and adults with lectures, films and fun interactive workshops.
Photo Credits: Bill Briner, used by permission
The future SNOW Sports Museum will reflect the interests of the Northern Sierra communities to preserve their winter sports and Olympic history, to share stories of the legends of winter, and to inspire generations to experience the wonder and passion of our unique mountain spirit.
Filled with winter sports history in the Sierras from the Washoe Tribe to today’s athletes.
Honoring athletes past and present, including the VIII Winter Olympic Games held in 1960.
Hall of Fame
Regional Winter Sports Olympic and World Cup athletes, plus the pioneers that shaped the industry.
Education & Awareness
Programs in history, culture, sports innovation, plus environmental stewardship about how climate change affects our winters, our water, our lives.
Event Space For Residents And Visitors
For temporary exhibits, films, conferences, classes and lectures; as well as for social gatherings and events.
Year-round enrichment with amenities that support educational programs for history, arts & culture.
An Iconic Building of Architectural and Environmental Significance
Nestled in the forest of Olympic Valley Park at the entrance to Olympic Valley, the two-level building will offer 16,000 sqft of exhibit space. With a footprint of just 7,250 square feet, it will occupy less than 1% of the 31.9 acre park.
Cafe and Shop
No great museum would be without nourishment and gifts to help create new memories.
Halfway between Lake Tahoe and Truckee, the museum will include a regional visitor center.
Board of Directors
Mike Livak, President
Bill Clark, Vice President
Nancy Cushing, Secretary
Ron Parson, Treasurer
Eddy Ancinas, Past President
John Wilcox David C. Antonucci
Christine Horvath Heidi Spirgi
Emily Ehrlich Laine
Lynn Suter John Fagan
Starr Walton-Hurley Bill Hudson
Conor Villines, Preservation and Archiving
Jamie Olson, Administrative Assistant
The iconic displays of winter sports history will be an amenity to visitors and locals alike. The caliber of exhibits, community space and informational resources will enhance our destination offerings and we couldn’t be more excited to watch the Museum come to fruition.
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