Earlier this season, we talked about the history of Après and our love for that period after skiing. It’s deeply rooted in how our restaurant came to be. It’s the essence of who we are. From our physical location to the items on our walls, we’ve worked hard to embody the Blue Angel culture. So, the question really is, “How did we come up with our name?”
How the Blue Angel Café & Catering Co. came to be
Spending several years in Europe, we fell in love with the culture surrounding skiing and the ‘feelings’ it invoked in the communities. We wanted to bring that atmosphere back to the States but at the same time, integrate our amazing Lake Tahoe history. Bouncing around ideas, Tony Lyle and Uni came up with the perfect name connecting our ski culture and location on Ski Run Blvd with its proximity to Heavenly Ski Resort… The Blue Angel Café & Catering Co!
What’s the scoop on Ski Run Blvd?
In 1947, before Heavenly Ski Resort was even named, Lee & Daisy Miller opened a small rope tow operation known as Bijou Skyway Park. One of the rope tows was physically on Ski Run Blvd and though you no longer ski on Ski Run itself, you can still imagine people sliding down the slope! With our restaurant located on this historic segment of Heavenly, the idea to name it after Heavenly’s 1st ski team was born. They picked “The Blue Angels” and so did we!
The (original) Blue Angel’s – Heavenly 1st ski team
A decade later in 1957, the 1st alpine ski racing team was started at Heavenly Valley Ski Area, naming themselves The Blue Angels. Their official clubhouse was called the Blue Angel’s Snack Haus, situated high atop the mountain. It was the perfection location to gaze over Lake Tahoe, grab a bite to eat, or just enjoy the sun. Even though the building no longer stands, the relationship between Après & skiing has transitioned and lives on in our café. We are honored and truly enjoy alums hanging out with us at their new unofficial clubhouse, The Blue Angel Café and Catering Co. We’ve been fortunate that several of these amazing people have donated their memorabilia for us to share with all of you.
Stay tuned as we share the history of our most prized keepsakes adorning our building. They are one-of-a-kind mementos with amazing stories.
Until then, as Mark Twain once said, “To breathe the same air as the angels, you must go to Tahoe.”