Cabin History

 Olympic Rings at Highway 89 and Squaw Valley Road

Cross Creek Guest Cabin was built in 1959, one year prior to the 8th Winter Olympics.  For fifteen years the owners of the mountain home were James D. and Barbara Wagner Grogan.  James Grogan was a World Champion figure skater in 1948 and 1949.  In 1952 he won the Men's Bronze medal in the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, sharing the podium with Gold medalist Dick Button.  Grogan's wife, Barbara Wagner dominated pairs skating in Canada, winning six national titles and four World Cup Championships with partner Robert Paul.  Wagner and Paul won the Pairs Gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics, right here at Squaw Valley. 

Beginning in 1959, Jimmy Grogan taught skating at the Olympic Skating rink in Squaw Valley, founding his own skating school in the following decade.  He was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Association Hall of Fame in 1991.  He was often seen riding his motorcycle around Squaw Valley in the 60's and early 70's.  In the late 70's and early 80's he coached such skating stars as Midori Ito at the Ice Castle Arena in Lake Arrowhead, California.  He died in July of 2000 at the age of 68.  He is survived by Barbara and their two children, Hunter J.D. and Canon Chapelle.  Barbara currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Sergio Brida Family bought the cabin in October of 1974 and owned it for 2 1/2 years.  Sergio and his brother Celso Luigi have owned and operated Luigi's Pizza on Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento.

In 1977 the Ulrich brothers, John and Steve, bought the property and began a series of renovations.  They first built a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor where they stayed for winter ski trips. John was a member of San Francisco Ski Club and Steve of the Inskiers Club, both clubs belonging to the Far West Ski Association.

John and Steve rented out the upper level of the house to notable tenants, including the McKinney family.  Steve McKinney held the 1974, '77, '78 and '82 World Speed Skiing Championship records, breaking the 200 kph (124 mph) record in 1978.  He introduced rubberized suits and aerodynamic helmets, which became standard for speed skiers.  Sister Tamara McKinney, a downhill skier, was the overall World Cup Champion in 1983.  She placed fourth in the Giant Slalom in the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.  In 1989 she won Gold at Vail in the combined.  She has 18 first place finishes, 9 in Giant Slalom and 9 in Slalom, an American record.  The McKinney family lived at Cross Creek cabin until the late 70's.  Tamara currently sells real estate locally in the valley.

Keoki Flagg, extreme ski photographer and owner of Gallery Keoki, rented the lower apartment for nearly ten years beginning in 1992.  Visitors can see a number of his pieces decorating the walls of the cabin.  A small print of his famous Nine Dog Sunrise rests on the living room bookcase.  Gallery Keoki is located one mile from Cross Creek Cabin in the Village at Squaw Valley.

In 2004, current owner Cynthia Goguen completed renovation of both the upper home and lower apartment. The makeover included new quartzite and hardwood floors and pine and alder doors and trim. Additional accessories and discerning decoration give Cross Creek Cabin that true High Sierra feel.   The cabin now awaits your presence to become part of the history of this beautiful mountain cabin.