About Eddy

Eddy Starr Ancinas, author of "Tales From Two Valleys: Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows"

An avid writer and former competitive ski racer, Eddy Ancinas has lived a life of adventure and writes about it passionately.

Eddy Starr Ancinas, is a freelance writer located in North Lake Tahoe specializing in ski and travel writing. She is a descendent of a California ski and mountaineering family, who first skied at Badger Pass in Yosemite in the 1940s before following many California skiers to Sugar Bowl and on to Squaw Valley when it opened in 1948.

While she was a guide for the International Olympic Committee in Squaw Valley at the 1960 Olympics, she met her husband, a member of the Argentine Olympic Team, while riding with him on a  chairlift. They raised their family in Alpine Meadows, where he was a ski coach for the Lake Tahoe Ski Club. During the ’70s and ’80s, they owned and operated ski shops (Casa Andina) in both Alpine and Squaw.

Eddy Ancinas as a competitive ski racer

Eddy competing in the Masters Championships 1993

Eddy has been a contributor to Skiing Heritage magazine and has published an article on the 1960 Olympics for The Atlantic. She is also a well-known travel writer specializing in providing “insider tips” for traveling in Argentina and Latin America, writing the original Fodor’s Argentina Guide and updating the Wine Regions and Patagonia chapters for six subsequent issues.

My lust for the open road and fascination for terra incognita has taken me and my camera up, down and over the Andes–on foot, skis and horseback–in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Her travel articles and photographs have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, LA Times and International Living, plus a 4-page piece on Argentina for the LA Times Magazine.

Currently, Eddy is a board member of the future Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Sierra Ski Heritage Center. She and her husband live between the two valleys. To contact Eddy Ancinas, click here.


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