Tahoe skiing – The early days

Winter sports around Lake Tahoe have always been popular, beginning with Truckee’s first winter carnival in 1895.

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Ski jumpers at Granlibakken’€™s Olympic Hill can see Lake Tahoe, circa 1930s. | Photo credit North Lake Tahoe Historical Society

Decades before Squaw Valley grabbed the Olympic Torch, a small hill in Tahoe City made a failed bid for the 1932 Olympic Games that led to the 1932 National Ski Association Championship Tournament. With events in jumping and cross-country skiing, this tournament hosted an estimated 120 professional and amateur competitors from around the country, and attracted Hollywood celebrities and some 3,000 spectators.

Read the full article at  The birthplace of Tahoe skiing | NevadaAppeal.com

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1932. Olympic Hill above Granlibakken Ski Area. Photo via Granlibakken.com, courtesy of C.W. Vernon

Granlibakken Resort, on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, is the site of a ski area whose history goes back to the heyday of Tahoe Tavern. These days, Granlibakken resort, located half a mile from Tahoe City along Lake Tahoe’s west shore, prides itself on being one of Tahoe’s better vacation complexes, hosting everything from local Rotary meetings to international science seminars. To many, though, its importance lies not in its conference halls but in its small ski jumping area, once called Olympic Hill.

Read the full article “Skiing at Olympic Hill: The Story of ‘ hillside sheltered by fir trees'” by Robert Frohlich | The History of Granlibakken