The Forest Service is releasing two videos featuring Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, highlighting the beauty and recreational values of the Tahoe National Forest. The videos were produced in cooperation with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, which is hosting World Cup ski events March 9 – 12, 2017. The women’s world cup races are the first to take place in California in nearly twenty years.

In the videos, Julia Mancuso invites visitors to enjoy places where she learned to ski as a young child. These mountains overlook world-famous Lake Tahoe. Mancuso grew up in the Tahoe-Truckee region and has seven World Cup wins, five World Championship podium finishes and three Olympic medals, including a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy.

“Wintertime activities are a wonderful way for people to experience the National Forests,” said Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest. “Partners like Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows help make skiing, snowboarding and many other opportunities possible on the Tahoe National Forest.”

Like more than 120 ski areas across the United States, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are located on National Forest lands. The Forest Service works with permittees to conserve and restore these public lands. Seven ski areas on the Tahoe National Forest operate under permit with the Forest Service.

“It is with pride and great respect that we operate portions of our mountains on lands managed by the United States Forest Service,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “It’s particularly fitting for the USFS and our company to not just celebrate our partnership but also promote the upcoming Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup.”

Forest Service employees will be at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Squaw Valley to greet and educate visitors about the Tahoe National Forest. Events take place from March 9-12 at Squaw Valley. The Women’s Giant Slalom is on Friday, March 10 and Women’s Slalom is on Saturday, March 11. For more information: squawalpine.com/worldcup.

For more information about the Tahoe National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/.

About Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley, which bustles year round with nonstop events. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app (squawalpine.com/other/mobile-app to download ) to make the most of every visit. Visit squawalpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.

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