Not your average throwback. Not your average rant.
I searched through countless old photos and a dizzying amount of go pro footage to find the photo that best represents the spirit that drew me to Squaw. Here it is. Of course it's the palisades and of course the edge is crowded with friends.
I didn't end up here on accident. I chose it. I spent years growing up in Upstate New York idolizing it from afar. It stood out from countless Warren Miller movies, from all the magazines, from Beck, to Schmidt, Kreitler, CR, and of course McConkey it was a mecca, it was Squallywood.
Strapping on your skis and stepping up to a line wasn't like teeing off at St Andrews or Agusta like Palmer, Nicholas, and Tiger, it was teeing off WITH those greats. Squallywood was filled with pros who filmed at exotic locations, but here we were all just a part of the community. Every day was, and is, just a continuation of the legend.
It is a phenomenon that simply can't be replicated somewhere else. It is something that can't be packaged and sold. It is unique to this place and this place only. Without this continuing spirit the entire ski industry is left with a gaping hole. This isn't a local issue it is a skiing issue.
We understand skiing has a business side and believe that it's absolutely compatible provided the business is skiing. That the business respects the unique character of the place and its community. That the business understands what makes it unique in the first place. I fear we're in a place currently where there's a disconnect. To continue the golf metaphor, there's countless par 9's, but you can't start marketing Bethpage for novices. You don't line the fairways of Agusta with time share condos. In the world of skiing Squaw Valley is hollowed ground and it deserves to remain for future generations to test themselves as I consider myself to be so fortunate to.
Squaw legends @robbgaffney and @scottgaffski have come together to share their spirit with
The Movie to Keep Squaw True.
Please come out and support them and our community. Friday night (tomorrow) 7:30 pm @ the Truckee Community Arts Center. Let's remember what makes this place so special.