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The FIS Women’s Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley blew me away. I had no idea how many people were going to attend this event. The event was held March 9-12, 2017.
The schedule for the event had the Women’s Giant Slalom on Friday, March 10th and the Women’s Slalom on Saturday, March 11th. The course was held on the legendary Red Dog run and it’s the first time in 19 years the event is being brought back to Squaw Valley.
We weren’t able to make Friday, but we spent the day at Squaw Valley on Saturday. Mikaela Shiffrin from the USA won the GS on Friday with a time of 2:16.42. Italian, Federica Brignone and France’s, Tessa Worley got second and third respectively. So, we got to Squaw around 9:30am, which was too late. The parking lot was full so we went back to Alpine Meadows and took a bus over to Squaw. At first I thought this was going to be a pain, but it was a pretty seamless process.
Once we got to the event, it was a spectacular scene. There were vendor tents all over the Squaw Village and stages set up for music. The finish line had a massive big screen TV and there were other big screen TVs around the village. Some vendors included, but were not limited to: tahoemade, Big Truck, Arcade Belts, and Lagunitas Brewing. See below for a picture of the village.
The first ski racers started at 10am, so we missed the start. We decided to get some runs in first before heading up to watch the race. The race re-started again at about 1pm so we skied until about 12pm and then grabbed some lunch prior to going up to the race. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We did some runs near Siberia, then went over to Granite Chief. The snow was hard in spots and very soft in others. I expected it to be real soft with the 50 degree temperatures. Below is a picture of Frank up in Granite Chief and views from the top of Granite Chief.
We walked up to the side of the race course near the finish line just after 1pm and were able to see most of the top of the course. We watched as the racers came through the slalom course. With about the last five racers left, we just kept seeing new leader after new leader. Mikaela Shiffrin from the USA was the second to last racer to go, and she became the new leader with a time of 1:39.48. The final racer looked as though she was going to pull off the win, but just near the finish had an issue and wasn’t able to pull it out. Mikaela Shiffrin from the USA won! It was amazing to see the winning run and experience the FIS World Cup live. Below is a picture of Mikaela’s winning run and the finish area.
Once the race was over, we went up for a few more runs, walked around the village, and finished off the day with a brew at the Bridgetender in Tahoe City on the way back to Zephyr Cove.
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This was such a fun event and it even made it more special to see Mikaela Shiffrin win live! We really hope more of these events come back to Lake Tahoe. I would definitely advise attending one in the future. If you were at the event or watched it on TV, feel free to comment below! Also follow us on twitter @graniterocx.