May 8, 1989
Local homeowners and the Sierra Club have joined forces to fight a Squaw Valley Ski Corp. expansion project. They say the cutting of more than 1,800 trees in Shirley Canyon and Tram Bowl to make way for new ski lifts would destroy the valley's last remaining pristine area and damage its watershed. The Sierra Club has filed suit to block the tree-cutting and the Squaw Valley Homeowners Assn. supports the action. A Superior Court ruling, expected in about 60 days, could require a second environmental impact statement or could give the go-ahead for the cutting.
December 31, 2004
Vancouver-based Intrawest Corp., the biggest snow sports developer in North America, is busy transforming Mammoth Lakes and Squaw Valley into "destination resorts" built around instant villages that attempt to re-create the atmosphere of the European Alps. It's a pattern the Canadian company has followed at dozens of ski areas, in part because European villages are densely built (an economic plus) as well as charming, or at least faux charming. Even in Europe, it turns out, Intrawest is doing the same.
March 25, 1990 |
Thirty years ago last month, Alexander Cushing surprised the world by staging a near-perfect Winter Olympics here. But what, skiers soon began asking, have you done for us lately? For a long time, the answer was not much. At one point, Cushing's mountain manager called the ski lifts junk, and his employees acquired a reputation as the rudest individuals this side of New York's taxi drivers.
December 13, 1990 |
It's still early, of course, but the U.S. Ski Team appears to be taking a distressingly familiar course on the World Cup circuit. So far, the men are nowhere, and the women are almost totally dependent on one skier, Diann Roffe, who has apparently replaced the retired Tamara McKinney as the only U.S. hope for high placings against the strong Austrian, German and Swiss racers.
February 9, 1992 |
Contrary to his image, George Foreman doesn't just sit around eating burgers and fries between fights. He is a very busy man, particularly in the entertainment field. According to W.H. Stickney of the Houston Chronicle, Foremen recently signed a deal with Columbia Pictures to star in a weekly television sitcom. Foreman told Stickney that he will play "a guy like myself" on the show, which will be set in Houston, Foreman's home town, but filmed in Hollywood.
March 29, 1995 |
Don't look now, but it's quite possible that spring skiing has arrived in California. At least, the weather has turned sunny. The snow report has taken on the appearance of midwinter--in Antarctica. In the Sierra, for example, four major resorts--Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows--have upper depths in excess of 300 inches, which converts to more than 25 feet. And Mammoth Mountain isn't far behind with about 22 feet on top.