By Tim Hauserman

Lake Tahoe is a skier’s haven. Site for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, it is where you will also find Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Valley, Northstar, Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl, Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood and Mt. Rose. Most years, the Tahoe region is blessed with copious amounts of snow, and over the decades the area has also produced quite a few Olympians. It began with Tahoe City’s own Jimmie Heuga, who when he won a bronze in the 1964 Olympics became a local hero. Tahoe-Truckee High graduate Greg Jones also took a bronze in the combined in the 1976 Olympics, and then we had the more recent successes of locals such as three time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso from Squaw Valley, two-time medal winner Shannon Bahrke from Tahoe City, and snowboarding Gold Medalist Hannah Teter who lives in South Lake Tahoe.

With all this alpine success, it …