Preserving Tahoe’s Olympic legacy

A major fundraising effort is currently underway to build the 1960 Winter Olympics Ski Museum: A Winter Sports Legacy Center. The plan is to build a 13,000-sq.-ft., two-story museum on the grounds of Placer County’s park at the entrance to Olympic Valley. The museum is the brainchild of the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation, which has been working on the project since 2008. Now the organization has hired an executive director, Sandy Chio, who along with a passionate group of longtime Tahoe locals and Olympic history buffs, is spearheading the effort.

The museum is set to hold the world’s largest collection of 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics artifacts and memorabilia and will also display the impressive collection held by the Auburn Ski Club’s Western Ski Sport Museum next to Boreal Mountain Resort. In addition, information on modern ski history and current athletes in the Tahoe region will be depicted. A Tahoe region Hall of Fame will include prominent winter sports athletes who have had a lasting impact on the ski and winter sports industry.

The project needs funding assistance from the public to come to fruition. |