Eddy’s Latest Book: “Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys”

 

"Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys" book by Eddy Starr Ancinas

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How these two valleys—so close geographically yet so distant philosophically—survived avalanches, fires, floods, lift accidents, economic ups and downs, ski trends, public opinion, good and bad management; and how the corporatization of both sides of the mountain inevitably joined them as one, is a story about the people who lived, worked and survived all of the above in both valleys.”

–From Introduction by Eddy Ancinas

 

 

SQUAW VALLEY AND ALPINE MEADOWS:
Tales From Two Valleys

 

INTRODUCTION

In the rugged High Sierra at the north end of Lake Tahoe, California; two adjacent valleys lie protected by high peaks to the west and separated by a massive ridge. The story of how these two remote valleys became two (now one) of the best-known ski areas in North America, begins with their discoveries by two visionaries: Wayne Poulsen, a young ski competitor from Reno, who first saw the potential in Squaw Valley while fishing there as a boy in 1931, and John Reily, a Los Angeles businessman, who came to Squaw Valley in 1955, and looked down from the top of the KT22 ski lift into a pristine valley to the south.

In search of funds to build a ski area; Poulsen formed a company with Alexander Cushing, a Wall Street lawyer, and Reily founded a corporation, whose members were skiers of national prominence. Ultimately, both men lost control of their dreams to build a ski area. Poulsen was ousted by Cushing, and Reily failed to raise sufficient funds.

By 1960, Squaw Valley, having hosted the Winter Olympics, had become a world class ski resort, with extensive facilities and a lively community of permanent and part-time residents. Meanwhile, Alpine Meadows’ investors and homeowners shunned commercial development, and prided themselves on being a “family area—owned and operated by real skiers.”

How these two valleys—so close geographically yet so distant philosophically—survived avalanches, fires, floods, lift accidents, economic ups and downs, ski trends, public opinion, good and bad management; and how the corporatization of both sides of the mountain inevitably joined them as one, is a story about the people who lived, worked and survived all of the above in both valleys. Read More >>

 

Eddy has lived and breathed the history of these two landmarks.
She has known all the players.

–From Forward by Bob Roberts

President & CEO, California Ski Industry Association

Travel Tips: San Antonio de Areco

Go:      68 miles (112km) west of Buenos Aires off Route 8.

How:   Hire a Remis (car and driver) – about US$50.00 one way.
Bus: Chevallier has daily service to/from Buenos Aires.
Stay:
Parador Draghi ~    Matheu 380, Tel:2326-455583 paradores@sanantoniodeareco.com
Patio de Moreno ~  Moreno 251 S.A. de Areco, tel 2326-455197. www.patiomoreno.com
Antigua Casona ~    Segunda Sombra 495 tel 2325 15 684000 www.antiguacasona.com
Estancia El Ombú ~ Ruta 31 Cuartel 6.  Tel: 02326-492980.  Open Nov-March,  horseback riding, sulky rides, folk music pool. Three meals, wine and afternoon tea included. Need a car to get to Areco www.estanciaombu.com

EAT
Cafe de las Artes Bolivar 70,                            La Esquina de Merti ~ Plaza Arrelano 147. (left) Tel: 2325/456-705
Almacen de Ramos Generales ~  Zapiola 143,  tel 0452961

SHOP ~ silver buckles, knives, jewelry, mates. Ponchos, hats, leather boots and belts, braided rawhide rope, reins, horse tack—everything for horse and gaucho.
Gustavo Stagnaro ~ Arellano & Matheu,
Miguel Rigacci ~ Belgrano 381
Draghi Museum and shop ~Arellano 45 Camilo Fiore~hand-crafted leather boots, belts Av, Vieytes 632

NIGHT LIFE Puesto la Lechusa ~ Costanera Aquiles Pazzaglia   Tel 02326-454542.  This pulpería, built in 1890, is where the gauchos went in search of food, music and camaraderie.  A guitar was always available, and the man who played it drank as a guest of the house.  Go there for the atmosphere, especially a “guitarreada” (guitar playing, singing by various guests).  Don’t miss  the photos of local gauchos.

NICE TO KNOW: Ricardo Güiraldes’ (1886-1927) literary classic, Don Segundo Sombra (1926), in which Güiraldes elevates the gaucho from outlaw to a man of honor, was inspired by don Segundo Ramirez, a wrangler on Güiraldes’ father’s ranch near San Antonio de Areco.  Both the author and Don Segundo are buried in the town cemetery.
Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes ~ In the Parque Criollo. Open-11-5, closed Tues  tel-02326 45-5839 (www.museoguiraldes.com.ar  contains items related to gaucho life, folklore and the literary past of Don Segundo and Guiraldes.  Paintings by Alberto Guïraldes (Ricardo’s cousin) depict scenes of rural life.
Museum Las Lilas ~ 279 Moreno Thurs-Sunday 10-8Pm Molina Campos-art gallery
Tourist Office (Dirección de Turismo) Zerboni & Arellano. Tel/fax : 02326-453165

Lunch at the Vineyard ~ Zuccardi Winery ~ Mendoza

La Casa del Visitante ~

Casa del Visitante Bodega Zuccardi ~ Mendoza / E.Ancinas

Casa del Visitante Bodega Zuccardi ~ Mendoza / E.Ancinas

The restaurant in the vineyard adjacent to the Familia Zuccardi Winery serves grilled veggies from the garden and empanadas from a clay oven.

Clay Oven/Eddy Ancinas

Clay Oven/Eddy Ancinas

In Feb and March, guests are invited to join the harvest, followed by a wine-tasting lunch.

Open M-S 10-4
http://www.familiazuccardi.com