Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will connect via a base to base gondola. Well, they hope it will. They still haven’t gotten approval for this project but they are sharing with us what their vision for the two ski resorts connecting is.
The vision is a gondola that connects Squaw and Alpine’s base areas with no skiing in the White Wolf zone.
We’ve interviewed Troy Caldwell, the owner of White Wolf (the land between Alpine and Squaw), a few times and his original vision was a small ski resort between the Squaw and Alpine. That seems to be off the table at this point as Squaw and Alpine push for a base to base gondola.
They aren’t telling us when this could potentially be completed.
Squaw Valley Press Release:
For years, skiers and riders have been forced to make a tough decision: ski and ride the world class steeps, glades and groomers of Squaw Valley, or choose the down-home vibe and powder-filled bowls of Alpine Meadows. But what if you didn’t have to make that decision? What if you could explore the wide range of terrain that both mountains offer without having to choose one over the other?
That dream is now closer than ever to becoming a reality, as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC has announced plans to create a gondola connecting the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas.
SUBJECT TO APPROVAL, THE BASE-TO-BASE GONDOLA WILL FULFILL A LONG-HELD VISION TO CONNECT THE TWO MOUNTAINS, PROVIDING SKIERS AND RIDERS WITH ACCESS TO MOVE FREELY BETWEEN THE TERRAIN OF BOTH MOUNTAINS ON A SINGLE PASS OR LIFT TICKET.
- The connection will dramatically improve the ski and snowboard experience at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.
- The project further secures Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows’ position as a leading destination ski resort at a national level.
- Increased destination tourism supports local business, and benefits the entire community with a positive economic impact.
- The project will be undertaken with the highest level of environmental stewardship, limiting the number of gondola towers to maintain the scenic beauty of the area and reducing vehicle traffic between the two mountains.
FOR THIS VISION TO BECOME A REALITY,
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
“Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades. We are excited to have reached a new milestone in the effort to bring that dream to fruition, and are moving forward with plans to provide our guests with a seamless way to experience both of these incredible mountains.” – Andy Wirth, Squaw President and CEO