World Cup ski racing returns to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969, reigniting the resort’s Olympic and World Cup legacy – watch on NBC Sports Network Saturday 3/11 & Sunday 3/12 @ 3pm – or Tickets to Attend.
Date of Event: March 9-12, 2017
About Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows:
Voted 2016 ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and nearly 60 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain and 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones welcome skiers and riders of all ability levels.
Alpine World Cup ski racing returns to Squaw Valley for the first time in nearly 50 years. The event will also mark the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years. The addition of Squaw Valley and Killington, VT to the calendar will total 16 World Cup events hosted in the U.S. in the 2016-17 race season, the second highest ever.
The World Cup will bring Olympic champions like Mikaela Shiffrin and Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso to compete on the legendary Red Dog run, which also played host to the ladies’ slalom and giant slalom events at the 1969 World Cup and 1960 Winter Olympics.
Built on the legacy of the 1960 Winter Olympics hosted at Squaw Valley, the resort has since reared celebrated athletes such as Jonny Moseley, Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan, JT Holmes, Michelle Parker, Cody Townsend, Jeremy Jones, Ralph Backstrom, Nate Holland, and Errol Kerr.
With the 2017 season culminating in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado, the USSA had a unique opportunity to schedule an additional women’s World Cup weekend in the U.S. following Olympic test events in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The Red Dog Giant slalom course begins at 7,520 feet at the top of Snow King Peak, descending 1,267 feet before the finish at 6,252 feet at the base area of Squaw Valley. The slalom course will be sited on the lower portion of the same course, dropping 656 vertical feet from its start on Lower Dog Leg. Both courses feature challenging steeps and fall-away pitches on the notorious “Dog Leg” section of the course, the lower part of which lies in plain sight of the finish and spectator viewing area. Click here for course maps.
The weekend-long events will welcome thousands of spectators and fans to North Lake Tahoe. The entire community will play host to ski racing enthusiasts, aspiring young skiers and media from around the world.
The Red Dog Race Course is unique in that the most challenging pitches of the entire course happen within view of the finish area. The finish area has the best viewing, with additional viewing on the jumbo screen. Tickets are currently on sale here and free standing room viewing will be available near the finish arena. Free skier spectator viewing is also available on looker’s right of the Red Dog course, accessed via Far East Express. Live stream viewing will also be available at dining locations in The Village at Squaw Valley including KT Base Bar Sun Deck and Rocker@Squaw. The event will air on NBC Sports Network.
Tips for Visitors
Visitors should be prepared to have fun and see some of the world’s best athletes compete on some of the world’s best terrain. Learn about the athletes and show your support! Limited free parking will be available, and guests are encouraged to utilize expanded Transportation options to get to and from the races, including premier coach bus service from Truckee and Tahoe City. Arrive early and take advantage of POW Parking: free premier parking for vehicles with four or more passengers. Depending on where you choose to watch from, sturdy winter boots are a must. March in Squaw Valley can bring warm, sunny bluebird days or feet of snow, so keep an eye on the forecast and prepare accordingly, which will often mean dressing in layers. The World Cup will consist of a full calendar of free events March 9-12, including music, parades, fireworks, poster signing and a vendor village. Visitors can expect a fully packed schedule.
World Cup Squaw by the Numbers
- 90 Athletes
- 19 countries competing
- 450 volunteers
- 1000 kids from local and regional ski teams marching in the Community Kickoff Parade
- 1740 athletes on Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Ski Team
- 260 coaches on Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Ski Team
- 5 Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows named to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, more than any other location in the country
- 66 young female athlete flag bearers from Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Ski Team
- 7,520 feet- elevation of Giant Slalom start at top of Snow King Peak
- 6,252 feet- elevation of finish arena
- 1,267 feet- vertical descent of Giant Slalom course
- 70 seconds- estimated time from top to bottom of the Giant Slalom
- 40-60 gates for a women’s World Cup Slalom course
- 100% of carbon emissions from that event that will be offset
- 1969 was the last time a World Cup Alpine Ski event was hosted at Squaw Valley, 48 years ago. Billy Kidd (USA) took home slalom gold
- 1998 was the last time a World Cup Alpine Ski event was hosted in California, at Mammoth Mountain 19 years ago
- 1960 Olympic Winter Games was the firt time Red Dog course hosted international competition, hosting the Ladies’ Slalom and Giant Slalom events. Yvonne Ruegg (SUI) won GS gold and Penni Pitou (USA) won GS silver. Anne Heggtveit (CAN) won SL gold and Betsy Snite (USA) won SL silver.
- 33 degrees– Steepest pitch on Red Dog course
- 2-3 feet of snow over 200-300 yeard sections removed from Red Dog course to restore contour of its natural terrain
- 100 people on Course Crew, including maintenance crew, dye crew, B-Net build crew, section leaders, start and finish crew, stewards, access security and timing crew.
- 64 people on slip crew
- 40 wax rooms
** All numbers are approximate estimates