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WEST TO THE SIERRA
Robert Wernick
November 23, 1959
As the 1960 ski season gets under way, Sports Illustrated presents a winter preview, including a report on the Olympic boom in the Sierra, ski fashions at Squaw Valley and the latest equipment
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November 23, 1959

West To The Sierra

As the 1960 ski season gets under way, Sports Illustrated presents a winter preview, including a report on the Olympic boom in the Sierra, ski fashions at Squaw Valley and the latest equipment

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Despite the hazards, the prognostication for the region is continued growth. As the standard of skiing improves, as the hordes of children getting free instruction grow up to bronze-beaked skimeisters, the demand is ever for new, longer, harder slopes. In response to this demand, wider roads are being cut, more grandiose ski lodges are being built and bigger lifts strung to higher peaks. If no one resort will ever reach the class of Zermatt, the whole complex of resorts in easy reach of each other will give an unrivaled combination of the variables in skiing—sun, wind, snow, slopes, clear and timbered terrain, powder and piste. Except when nature awakens and roars out one of her old-fashioned storms, this great wilderness will have settled down to being a winter playground.

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