Friday, August 30, 2013

Grand Opening of the Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics

When: Friday, August 30 - 6 PM

Location: Boatworks Mall, 760 North Lake Blvd., #2, Tahoe City CA 96145

Presented by: Tahoe Museum, LLC (Stan Batiste, M.D. and David C. Antonucci) in cooperation with Boatworks Mall owner Channel Properties, and the Boatworks merchants

Admission: Free, with donation gratefully accepted.

Scope: Sierra ski history from ancient times to modern era, history of Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Meadows ski areas, and 1960 Olympic Winter Games. The story is told through the books, Longboards to Olympics by Mark McLaughlin, Tales from Two Valleys by Eddy Starr Ancinas, and Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games by David c. Antonucci.

Exhibits: Artifacts from early 20th Century skiing, memorabilia from the early years of Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Meadows ski areas, Bill Briner Olympic photo collection, and artifacts and memorabilia from the 1960 Winter Olympics. All exhibits include explanatory interpretive panels. Hundreds of items on display, including skis, boots, promotional literature, Olympic souvenirs, Olympic artifacts, photographs and official documents and memorabilia from modern-day Olympic athletes based at Lake Tahoe.

Significant Exhibitors: The Batiste Family, Bill Briner, Bill Clark, Auburn Ski Club, Palisades Tahoe Museum Foundation, Oswaldo and Eddy Starr Ancinas, David C. Antonucci, and Olympic officials Wendall Broomhall, Martin Hollay and Dave Newton

Hours: Currently open seven days per week, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Extended hours during holidays and peaks seasons; available for special events. 

Benefits of Visiting: Learn the history of skiing from ancient times to the Olympics. See the evolution of skiing from longboards to modern alpine skis. Understand the role of California in the development of skiing. Explore the largest collection of 1960 Winter Olympics artifacts.

Important Museum Highlights:
- The Origins of skiing
- Who is considered the “Father of Modern Skiing”
- The unbelievable story of Snowshoe Thompson
- How women played a role in early Sierra ski History
- Why Truckee, California was crucial in recreational ski development
- Why winning the bid for the 1960 Olympics was considered a “Snowball’s Chance”
- Walt Disney’s significant contribution to the Olympics
- What is considered the “Miracle of Palisades Tahoe”
- All the important Olympic “firsts” and innovations that occurred including the first ever use of instant replay technology, grand Olympic pageantry, and the use of metal composite skis

Contact: David C. Antonucci,, 775-722-3502 (mobile), 530-525- 5410 (office); Dr. Stan Batiste,, 702-497-4048 (mobile)