Hi! I’m Mich
Wedding & Event venue owner and caretaker
About Olympic Valley Stable’s Owner and Operator
Michael Pavel, better known as “Mich” is the caretaker and guide of the Olympic Valley Stables. Born on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, he moved to the property when still a toddler where his grandparents ran a horseback guided tour operation. Caring for the land and the many animals on the property was integral in Mich’s upbringing all while witnessing the development of Olympic Valley from his front yard. Regenerative mindset was baked into Mich’s values from a young age and would later take the reigns as he built a collective in the valley.
When Mich went away to college at Chico State, and began a career in action and adventure film, the land-use at The Stables began to shift away from the intensity of an active horseback guided touring operation and was set on a path of recovery.
When Mich returned to Olympic Valley, led by his values and his commitment to be a bastion for peace and growth, The Stables began its transformation toward an event space and home base for Mich’s developing passion as a plant-based chef. Over the course of ten years, fueled by a supportive community and the stories of the lives that have shifted and grown toward more balance, Mich has poured his energy into regenerating the land, upgrading the property, and building a space that each year offers nearly 30 public community events and over a dozen private events. It has been Mich’s lifelong passion to care for this land and gather people to elevate one another, inspire growth and harmony, and take their lessons with them to their own communities
“Beautiful, amazing and fun experience at the stables
Originally we planned to have the wedding reception in summer 2020 but were able to reschedule for July 2021. Mich is so easy to work with and responsive to all, and any, questions. All the areas we needed were prepped and lit for the event. The tent is large with a dance floor and well lit, so we had no trouble entertaining over 140 people for dinner and dancing. There are so many options to set up the venue as you prefer.
Though our main event was outside, there is also the “barn” with a bar and disco set up which we used for a meet and greet the night before for family and those traveling from out of town to the event. The two ready rooms for the bride and groom parties are furnished beautifully. The venue is also close to Squaw Valley which has accommodations, restaurants, and shops which was convenient for traveling guests.
The views of the valley and the mountains are stunning for the guests and of course for photos. Everyone was so impressed by the beautiful setting and fun was had by all.
“The Olympic Valley Stables is one of our favorite wedding venues to suggest to our clients! It is such a fun atmosphere with the most beautiful backdrop. Mitch is so easy to work with and our clients love their experiences!”
“The Perfect Fit”
Stunning, Unique, Personal… these are some of the words that come to mind when I reflect on our time at the Olympic Valley Stables. The entire experience working with Mich was so smooth and such a joy. Anyone who has the opportunity to meet Mich, let alone work with him, can feel his passion and love for the Valley.
We held our Rehearsal Dinner inside of the barn the Friday before our wedding and our Wedding was in the barn. Every aspect of our wedding was so beautifully produced, and so much of that was due to the impeccable beauty that is the Stables. We cannot recommend the Stables as a wedding venue more.