Skiing Lake Tahoe

A Little Bit Of History

In 1856 John A “Snowshoe” Thompson took mail across the Sierra wearing 9-foot long skis. In 1910 Truckee Ski Hill opened followed by Olympic Hill, it was re-named after legendary Norwegian skier Granlibakken. The site became the US Olympic trial location.

Walt Disney invested $2,500 in 1937, his name was stamped on the first chair lift in California. And in 1939 Sugar Bowl opened using Disney chairlift.

1946 Sierra-at-Tahoe began as sierra ski ranch by long time Vern Sprock. From 1850s through the 1870s loggers cleared cut trees for local mines. The Mighty Red Fir trees were left uncut. Sprocks vision created a paradise of old growth tree skiing.

In 1947 Lee and Daisy Miller operated a 1000 foot rope to tow skiers up the hill known as Heavenly Mountain Resort. In 1960 Lake Tahoe Squa Valley became famous hosting the first televised Winter Olympics. The legendary Jean-Claude-Killy French ski racer battled the young Willie Bogner down mountain run.

The attention gave rise to expansion in the region-Kirkwood and Mount Rose ski resort. Heavenly installed a Tram, Sierra-at-Tahoe re-located. In the 1970s free style movement also called Hot Dog skiing, youthful energy and culture of that era begun. Ski Hard and Party Harder.

Many of the skiers who migrated are still here, and their children? Continue to put down their roots, a new generation of skiers and snow boarders. In 1979 the first snowboard half pipe was hand carved in Tahoe City. The “90s and 2000s gave rise to Extreme skiing and snow boarding. A young skier from Colorado he would blow minds with crazy on-camera antics in the Matchstick  Productions Ski Films.

Lake Tahoe ski scene is diverse and electric, we are proud of it. One sky and a beautiful blue lake known around the world.

We love to see you here, have fun good food to eat and try your luck at one of the Casino Resorts.

Be Safe and Happy Holidays



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