The Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, CA

June 12-16th, 2004

The 39th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society will be held from Saturday June 12th to Wednesday June 16th, 2004 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley, California. The resort is a spectacular, award winning venue in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just northwest of Lake Tahoe. The locale provides a rich variety of recreational activities, including day hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, water skiing, excursion boat sightseeing, golfing, etc. At the hotel there is an outdoor water garden with 3 pools and water slides which no fun-loving person can resist. At High Camp, accessed by a gondola ride up the mountain, there is an ice skating rink, tennis court, swimming lagoon and additional access for bike trips and hiking.

The region also holds an abundance of historical sites of interest. The Emigrant Trail Museum, depicting the history of western migration and the tragedy of the Donner party is in nearby Truckee. West of there one can trace the old grade and tunnels where the Central Pacific Railway was punched through the Sierras in the late 1860s. In Reno there is the superb National Automobile Museum housing the Harrah collection of over 220 antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. In Carson City, railroad history buffs will enjoy the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and the history of local western culture, gold and silver mining can be explored at the Nevada State Museum.

In addition to the scientific meeting and medical exhibits, a fun social program is planned which will provide events of interest to the whole family. The opening reception will be held up at High Camp which is accessed by cable car from the base of Squaw Peak. In addition to drinks and food, the venue has an ice skating rink which should be fun for children of all ages. There are spectacular views of the valley, and at nightfall telescopes will be set up for guided stargazing. Sweaters and light jackets are highly recommended.

The traditional Western Barbeque will be held on Sunday evening at the Ponderosa Ranch, home of the legendary TV show “Bonanza”. Transportation will be provided from the hotel and back. Our group will have exclusive use of the ranch for the evening. Enjoy drinking in a western salon, tour the Ponderosa homestead and try your hand at a variety of western activities while feasting on barbeque chicken and ribs.

The annual golf tournament will be held on Monday afternoon at the resort’s own Robert Trent Wells-designed championship course. The course is spectacular, winding through the forested hillside and wetlands surrounding the resort, and has been featured in Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 courses you can play”. The tennis tournament will be held at the resort’s courts on Tuesday afternoon.

The casual dress Dinner/Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday evening in the Grand Sierra Ballroom at the resort. A children’s pizza party will be available for the youngsters and teenagers.

Squaw Valley is best reached by flying into Reno, Nevada and driving from there, which takes about 45 minutes. Transportation can be arranged to and from the hotel if you don’t plan to rent a car. Room reservations should be made directly with the hotel, (800-327-3353) preferably before May 10th to obtain our special RMNS group rates. A variety of housing options are available (Deluxe guestroom $189, Mountain Suite $239, Fireplace Suite $289, Junior Penthouse $389, 2 Bedroom Penthouses $689 and $789, and the 3 bedroom Presidential Suite $1200). More information about the resort and housing options is available at the resort website, www.squawcreek.com. This is a very popular resort so early reservations are strongly recommended.

Please register for the meeting before May 1st either online at www.rockymountainneurosurgicalsociety.org, or by completing the accompanying registration form. Registrations after May 1st will be assessed a higher fee. Payment for registration should be made by check payable to the Rocky Mountain Neurosurgery Society, and mailed to:

Richard H. Schmidt MD
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah
30 North 1900 East, Suite 3B-409
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2303.

Please note that we are not set up to take credit card payments nor can registration be paid online at the present time. Full payment is expected by the start of the meeting. Refunds of registration fees or social activity fees cannot be honored after May 12th. Please contact Dr. Schmidt or his assistant, Lori, at 801-581-6908, or by email at rhs@suzy.med.utah.edu if you have any questions regarding the meeting or the resort.

We look forward to seeing you and your family in Squaw Valley.