Just when we thought Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows couldn’t get any better, a brand new chairlift will grant skiers and riders quicker access to even more dreamy pow lines. The Treeline Cirque, a $10 million detachable, high-speed quad, will transport skiers and riders from the base area to Sherwood ridge in a total of five minutes, where the journey once took 45 minutes or more. Replacing the beloved “Hot Wheels” triple chair, this lift will offer an unload-only mid-station, as well as a 1,300-foot extension up to Sherwood Cliffs Ridge.
Both intermediate and expert terrain will be accessible from the Treeline Cirque chair. Infamous areas such as Art’s Knob, Sherwood Cliffs, and all-terrain offered by the Sherwood Express chair will now be at your disposal. On top of that, the location of this new chair is well protected from high winds, allowing for a higher chance of operations on those rowdy storm days.
It has been seven years since Squaw Alpine has installed a new chairlift that wasn’t a replacement, the most recent being Big Blue Express in 2012. With the addition of the Treeline Cirque chair, the resort will now have a total of 43 lifts and over 6,000 acres of skiable terrain.
As of November 7th, the construction of the Treeline Cirque is nearly complete! While load tests and inspection are still underway, crews have been hard at work and the lift is on track to open for the 2019/2020 ski season. With a projected opening date for November 15th, skiers and riders are getting fired up for another epic season. Make sure to give your fellow pow shredder a high five while riding the new Treeline Cirque chair!