North Tahoe is known for its amazing skiing, and skiers often debate whether they should be hitting the slopes on Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley. Both resorts have a lot to offer skiers, which is why the decision can be very difficult. Luckily, the two resorts are working together to boost the experience of their patrons.
Since KSL Capital Partners bought Alpine Meadows after already owning Squaw Valley, they have included both resorts in their ski pass, making the two resorts accessible to more skiers via a short drive between the two resorts. Now they’re planning on making the experience more enthralling by cutting out the automobile middle man, and building a lift between the two resorts. Skiers will be able to go between mountains without getting in their cars, and will get more time on the slopes.
Andy Wirth, the CEO of Squaw/Alpine, stated on Monday, “connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades.” Andy also elaborated on the original intentions of Squaw Valley’s founder, Wayne Poulsen, who had dreamed of uniting the two mountains. By coming to an agreement with a local landowner between the two peaks and with National Forest, this dream is soon to become a reality. None of the National Forest Land will be disturbed by the construction of the new gondola.
While the snowpack on certain runs has had an impact on the skiing in that region in the past, Wirth is confident that this shouldn’t have any affect on the way the gondola runs. Wirth also believes that this change will significantly increase the amount of people utilizing both sides of the mountain. Though commuting between the two isn’t too difficult a task for now it could be easier.
Wirth stated he’s excited for the new opportunity this will bring their business, the skiers and snowboarders, and the locals whose land he’ll be using to build the gondola.