When we arrived at the Squaw Valley Creek Resort in September 2016, nestled into the famous Olympic Valley - just minutes from Lake Tahoe in California, we were awestruck. Welcomed by beautiful blue skies, epic mountain landscapes, and approximately 10 million ground nesting yellow jackets swarming all over the specific hillside we were to build. The yellow jackets especially liked us once we started hammering construction spikes and tent stakes into the grounds they call home. Luckily the catastrophe of stinging yellow jackets was soon forgotten replaced by spectacular beauty of this valley and 3 weeks of outstanding weather.
While being one of the most beautiful locations to build, it was also one of our most complicated temporary installations on record outside of Pickathon. We were up for the challenge though. This was not an "easy" task considering every point in the system was unique, and the grounds were entirely uneven, and we were given a narrow window to pass engineering and inspection to meet strict California standards. Thanks to the diligence of our design team, our engineers and the perseverance of our onsite installation crew, this installation marks a milestone success.
The transformation of this natural setting is astounding and we hope you enjoy the photos below. We're proud to share this fascinating display of fabric, metal and ropes.