Ask Joe: Another Squaw Valley Olympics?

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Updated: 2/06 7:35 pm
Question:
With the Olympics kicking off in Sochi we have a question from a viewer tonight about the ongoing effort to bring the winter Olympics back to Tahoe.
MG Krebs wrote in asking what would our ski resorts have done about the lack of snow if we had been chosen to host the Olympics this year?

Answer:
Great question MG, it's no secret we are in a drought year, so how would that impact the games if they were to be held here some day?
I checked with Amelia Richmond who works up at Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows.
She says if we were to get the bid, that millions of dollars would be spent on infrastructure and that would include enough snowmaking equipment to make sure there is enough snow.
Also, Richmond says in the last two years Squaw Valley has spent more than five million dollars upgrading their own snowmaking capabilities. So the technology continues to improve and our resorts are doing their best to invest in and utilize that technology.
Finally, as you look at a couple of pictures from the games in 1960...
It's interesting to note, it was not a good year for snow that year. In fact the first major storm didn't hit until January 5th. A little stressful I'm sure for organizers. And the snowmaking technology wasn't what it is today.
I'm told national guard troops were brought in that year to haul snow from other areas into the resort for the games. And they got it done. The games were a big success that year.

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