Museum Project


The Museum will exhibit over 150 years of winter sport history in the Western United States – from the California Gold Rush to the 1960 Winter Olympics and the development of ski areas—from Yosemite and Sugar Bowl to Mount Rose, Squaw Valley, Heavenly Valley, Northstar and others in between and since. Much of the collection will come from the Auburn Ski Club's Western SkiSport Museum (founded in 1965), Batiste Family Collection, various other private collections, and artifacts from private donors.

  • State of the Art Exhibit Galleries
  • Community Meeting and Event Space
  • Multipurpose Community Room
  • Satellite NLTRA Visitors Information Kiosk
  • Library, Gift Shop, Café
  • Archival and Preservation Area
  • ADA Accessible Restrooms

A detailed description of the project is available in the 2016 Proposal to Placer County and the community to locate the Museum in the Squaw Valley Park.


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.

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