SKADE Award Winner banner for Eddy Ancinas' book, "Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales From Two Valleys"

In the rugged High Sierra at the north end of Lake Tahoe, California; two adjacent valleys lie protected by high peaks to the west and separated by a massive ridge. The story of how these two remote valleys became two (now one) of the best-known ski areas in North America, begins with their discoveries by two visionaries: Wayne Poulsen, a young ski competitor from Reno, who first saw the potential in Squaw Valley while fishing there as a boy in 1931, and

John Riley and son looking up Alpine Meadows | Photo: Don Wolter

John Reily and son looking up
Alpine Meadows | Photo: Don Wolter

John Reily, a Los Angeles businessman, who came to Squaw Valley in 1955, and looked down from the top of the KT22 ski lift into a pristine valley to the south.

Squaw made a name for itself on the world stage thanks to its surprise nomination as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, just one mountain apart, Alpine was built with the support of local skiers and Bay Area families.

Today, a new chapter unfolds as the distinct philosophies behind Squaw and Alpine unite under common ownership.