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Squaw offers tours of ’60s Olympic venues

Squaw Valley is offering skiers and riders a glimpse into the past with new 1960 Winter Games Heritage Tours that began Jan. 24.

The new Heritage Tours are three-hour private excursions of Squaw Valley's on-mountain Olympic venues and highlight historic moments of the 1960 Winter Games.

The tours are led by some of Squaw Valley's most qualified professional guides who will lead participants down the same trails that were used as Olympic venues during the 1960 Winter Games.

The private tours are available for individuals or groups of up to five people and cost $200 ($40 per person for a group of five).

As part of the tours, guides will also share insider details on Squaw's heritage and the incredible story of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

The Olympic bid by Alex Cushing, founder of Squaw Valley, originally began as a publicity stunt to gain awareness for his new resort, though it eventually turned into a potentially feasible plan.

At the time of the bid, Squaw Valley was a small, fledgling ski resort with just one chairlift and lodging for 50.

After securing the bid for the VIII Winter Games, Squaw Valley emerged as a venue for outdoor recreation and grew into a world-renowned winter sports destination.

Tours can be booked by calling the Squaw Valley Ski and Snowboard School at 800-403-0206 or emailing lesson@squaw.com.

Reservations are required for the Heritage Tours. Given the terrain used for the Olympic venues, it is suggested that participants have intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding skills for the tours.