SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — The world-renowned ski resort Squaw Valley announced on Monday it is changing its name to Palisades Tahoe.
The ski resort was the host site for the 1960 Winter Olympics and is the second-largest skiing complex in the Lake Tahoe area after Heavenly Mountain Resort.
The resort’s name came under fire last year because the word “squaw” is considered by some to be a derogatory term for Native American women.
On Monday, the resort released a video on Facebook to announce both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will now be known as Palisades Tahoe.
“The resort will begin implementing the new resort name and branding immediately, but expects the full changeover to be a multi-year process,” resort officials said in a press release. ”
For more than a year, our community has been waiting, wondering and guessing what the new name for our mountains would be. Today marks the first day of the next chapter of our resort’s storied history. From our founding in 1949 and hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, to the freeskiing pioneers and Olympians that put us on the map, the last seven decades have cemented our mountains’ place in the halls of ski history. While the name may be new, the legend and legacy of these valleys continue on, now as Palisades Tahoe.
The base area village on the Olympic Valley side will now be known as The Village at Palisades Tahoe, and Palisades Tahoe also plans to debut new names for the Squaw One and Squaw Creek chairlifts, to be selected with input by the Washoe Tribe, Resort at Squaw Creek, and the public. Palisades Tahoe leaders continue to assist other local businesses who are interested in changing their names, and the Washoe Tribe is leading the efforts to rename Squaw Peak and Squaw Creek.
Washoe Tribal Chairman Serrell Smokey thanked the resort for changing the name.
“The Washoe People have lived in the area for thousands of years; we have great reverence for our ancestors, history and lands. We are very pleased with this decision; today is a day that many have worked towards for decades. The Washoe Tribal Council recognizes the significance of the name change and on behalf of the Washoe people expresses its great appreciation for this positive step forward.”
–by Stephen Hawkins/KMPH /FOX 26