Just as the 1960 Olympic venue designers considered snowfall, wind direction and exposure, the SVSMF considered these factors, among many:
- symbolic proximity to the 1960 venues,
- visibility from a major highway (89)
- year-round access for visitors
- neutrality throughout the northern Sierra
2009-2011 With help from museum planners, architects and 11 members of the community, SVSMF. Identified four potential sites in Squaw Valley and both sides of the entrance (Squaw Valley Park and 7-11). Nine public meetings were held over a twelve-month period, resulting in a vote of 9-1 in favor of the park site.
2012-2014 With Placer County staff and property owners, SVSMF re-visited the possibility of locating the museum on the 7-11 property on the north side of the entrance. Again, the park site was deemed superior.
2015, SVSMF received approval from the Placer County Board of Supervisors to submit a site application for the museum building in the Squaw Valley Park.
Locate on a mound between the two parking lots, this site offers the following benefits among many:
- Year-round vibrancy in Squaw Valley Park
- Synergy of outdoor and indoor recreation for visitors and residents
- Potential cost sharing of park management expenses (ADA bathrooms)
- Visibility and convenient access from SR-89 corridor
- Constructive utilization of previously disturbed land
- Minimal visual or noise impact due to the park's distance from nearby entities
A museum in the park will be a cultural oasis, independent from present and future development in Squaw Valley.