Social Scene: Resort at Squaw Creek celebrates 20th anniversary |

Social Scene: Resort at Squaw Creek celebrates 20th anniversary

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Bryan McCartney, left, of KSL (new owners of Squaw Valley USA) visits with Squaw Valley residents Laura and Dr. Ed Heneveld.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; The weather outside was frightful, but inside at the Resort at Squaw Creek it was delightful. The winter wonderland Squaw Valley Resort was fully illuminated and decorated for the holidays complete with a homemade super-sized gingerbread village in the AAA Four Diamond-rated hoteland#8217;s lobby. In the ballroom a party to celebrate the Resortand#8217;s 20th anniversary hosted various VIPs, former and current employees and locals. Five 20-year Resort employees were honored, and an assemblage of 20 gorgeously decadent and delicious cake creations by the Resortand#8217;s pastry chef Adrian Frutas were on display before being raffled off with proceeds benefiting the Squaw Valley Institute. Savory hors dand#8217;oeuvres were passed, and hearty warm-your-belly-soups and desserts were laid out in a festive holiday display decorated with an abundance of small white lights. The champagne was flowing as everyone toasted the momentous occasion.

Some of those raising a glass to the Resort at Squaw Creek were the Resortand#8217;s managing partner Roger Beck, Resort execs Marc Sapoznik, Heimo Brandstatter and Les Pedersen, Kym Fabel, Ronele Klingensmith, Jan Colyer, Kristina Jetton and Steve Lamb, Chaco Mohler, Carolyn Dee, Josh Sussman, Jeremy Jacobson, KSL Mountain Operations Consultant Bryan McCartney, Graham Rock, Annette Mirviss, Irene Slisky, Laura and Dr. Ed Heneveld, Lauren and Ron Parson of Granlibakken, Marilyn and Ron Treabess, Theresa Ochiltree, and Barbara and John Wilcox of the Squaw Valley Institute.

Preserving Olympic history

Speaking of Squaw Valley, there is much Olympic history in the Valley from the legacy of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. The Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation (SVSMF) collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets western skiing heritage and celebrates this Olympic legacy. Plans are under way to build a permanent museum in Squaw Valley, but in the meantime an interim museum exhibit is located in the heart of the Village at Squaw Valley, across from the Auld Dubliner restaurant. In addition to old photos, videos and wooden skis, thereand#8217;s cool Olympic Heritage commemorative merchandise for sale including 50th anniversary 1960 Olympic T-shirts, vests, hats, posters, pins and patches, autographed copies of David Antonucciand#8217;s book, and#8220;Snowballand#8217;s Chance, The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Gamesand#8221; and Mike McLaughlinand#8217;s book and#8220;From Longboards to the Olympics.and#8221; A portion of all book sale proceeds benefits the Squaw Valley Ski Museum foundation.

The museum is in need of volunteers and/or docents. Also the SVSMF is seeking donations of artifacts, photos and memorabilia. Contact Linda Williams at 530-448-2205, e-mail or stop by the interim museum, open midweek, 2-6 p.m. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Jan. 2. For more info go to

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