Squaw Valley is slated to host the 2013 and 2014 US Alpine National Ski Championships. Tamara McKinney is one of the winningest ski racers to come out of the Squaw Valley. Squaw is renaming the East Face of KT-22 “Tamara’s” as part of the hoopla of having the US Nationals at Squaw. Squaw already has renamed areas of KT-22 for Olympic athletes Johnny Moseley and Julia Mancuso.
We’ve heard that these races will all occur on KT-22. The downhill will be on KT as well and will simply be a shortened downhill.
This should be a fun event at Squaw. It’ll definitely be a good marketing move. The only drawback we can think of is that it’s likely going to be dumping when they have the event here, which won’t be ideal for race conditions. But, it’ll be like the Amgen Tour of California bike race. We can show the world how much it snows here in the spring.
“I wanted you to be among the first to know that Squaw has been selected by the U.S. Ski Team to host the U.S. Alpine National Ski Championships for 2013 and 2014. We are thrilled and honored to welcome this prestigious event back to Squaw Valley, and we hope that our world class athletes will enjoy competing in next year’s Nationals on their home turf!
One of Squaw’s most decorated athletes is Tamara McKinney – a true innovator of women’s skiing and the first American woman to ever win the overall World Cup title. Given Tamara’s tremendous success and legacy, it’s only appropriate that our mountain feature a run named after this legendary ski racer. As of today, the run formerly known as East Face off of KT-22 will be known as “Tamara’s”. We will be honoring Tamara with this announcement this afternoon during the U.S. Ski Team Day celebration here at the mountain. Please be sure to pass along your congratulations to Tamara for this honor when you see her on the slopes with her daughter, Francesca, and our Squaw Valley race team!” – Andy Wirth