Squaw Valley Ski Resort: Over 100 Years Of Skiing, Music, And Fun


Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the best known and highest quality ski resorts in the United States. Located on Squaw Peak in Placer County, California, near Reno, Nevada, this resort has been welcoming thousands of guests each year since it opened in 1949. Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the largest in the United States and offers lots of fun for skiers of all levels. With a top elevation of 9,050 feet, 4,000 acres of skiable area, and over 177 ski runs, there is sure to be a ski run to suit your need for speed and fun. Maybe it’s the 3.2 miles long Blue Mountain run.

But Squaw Valley Ski Resort is more than simply a great place to ski. It is also historic. It was home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. Today thousands of people make their way there to test their skills on the green circle (easiest), blue square (intermediate), and challenging black diamond (most difficult) runs. The resort boasts 3 terrain parks and 30 lifts with a lift capacity of 58,000 people per hour. Add an average of 450 inches of snowfall a year, snowmaking machines, night skiing, and the country’s only funitel, and it’s easy to see why this resort has long been one of America’s most popular.

Currently under the leadership of Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley, the resort is much more than a popular ski destination. Each year it hosts about 600,000 skiers on its six peaks, but tens of thousands of others ride the scenic aerial tramway to High Camp in Squaw Valley to enjoy high-altitude disk golf, roller skating, swimming, dinning and shopping. For almost 50 years people have visited the resort during the summer for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers program, and the yoga, beer, wine, and music of the Peaks and Paws, Bluesdays, Brews, Jazz, and Funk Fest, and many other events. 

Founded in 1949 by Wayne Poulsen, a star skier from the University of Nevada, and Alex Cushing, a Harvard-educated lawyer, the resort quickly became a playground for the rich. Modeled after popular European ski destinations and containing the latest technology and world-class facilities, Squaw Valley was an instant hit. A California Historical Landmark, it’s part of the Pioneer Ski Area of America. More than 100 years ago it was the first U.S. location to hold organized ski events.

Chocolate Statue of Benedict Cumberbatch

It isn’t unheard of when actors and celebrities get sculptures made of them into wax figures, stone, or even ice, but one place has decided to turn actor Benedict Cumberbatch into a life-size chocolate bar. According to an article found on reddit and written by Telegraph.co.uk, it over over 9 people made up of sculptors and chocolate experts to recreate that actor into 40kg of milk chocolate.

It took them a long time to get him just right and this version of him is supposed to represent his character from the film “The Imitation Game.”  FlavioDomenico said that it wasn’t mentioned whether or not the actor knew that this was happening, but I think most people would agree that it would be both flattering and funny to have a chocolate version of yourself. There has been no official comment from the actor himself yet, but it would be hard to understand why he wouldn’t be amused as well.

I wonder what will happen to the sculpture after it is finished being on display. Will it be eaten? Or melted down into its liquid form so that something else can be made from it?