Will Squaw & Alpine Connect? | Exclusive Troy Caldwell Video Interview:

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This exclusive video interview with Troy Caldwell is 20 minutes long.  We created a table of contents for you below so that you can skip ahead to the pieces of the interview you’re most interested in.

Video Table of Contents:

:30 = “Is it going to happen?  Will Squaw & Alpine Connect?”

2:00 = “How are negotiations going with KSL and where are you in the negotiating process?”

3:00 = “Will you sell to KSL or lease to KSL?”

4:23 = “What’s the most you’ve been offered for White Wolf?”

7:00 = “How many chairlifts will be at White Wolf?”

8:00 = “What’s the story with the chair you partially built on the backside of KT-22?”

10:30 = “What are the development plans for White Wolf?”

12:30 = “Will expert skiing be able to ski the extreme cliff zones of White Wolf?”

12:38 = Marmot!

13:30 = “What was Alex Cushing like to work with?”

14:30 = “What is the history of White Wolf, starting with when you bought it in 1989?”

Peacepipe Peak Pub sign.  Troy named the peak on White Wolf Peacepipe Peak.
Peacepipe Peak Pub sign. Troy named the peak on White Wolf Peacepipe Peak.

Last Monday, May 11th, 2014, we were very fortunate to interview White Wolf owner Troy Caldwell.  He sat down with as we questioned him about his plans for developing his beloved White Wolf and the Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows connect.  Once connected, these two resorts together would create largest ski resort in the USA at over 6,000 skiable acres.

The existing White Wolf chair was built around 2007 and has never been finished.
The existing White Wolf chair was built around 2007 and has never been finished.

Troy’s answers to our questions are fascinating and revealing.  Troy hopes to connect Squaw & Alpine in 5 years from now and he will not be selling his property to KSL (the owners of Squaw).  

Troy Caldwell and the base station for the existing White Wolf chair.
Troy Caldwell and the base station for the existing White Wolf chair.

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13 thoughts on “Will Squaw & Alpine Connect? | Exclusive Troy Caldwell Video Interview:

  1. Nice work Miles. All I know is there’s a double gap cliff on the way up the 5 lakes trail that needs some ski tracks and a name on it…

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    1. When was the last time that you watched Chapter 3?

      That opening sequence makes me shake every time I watch it.

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  2. Good interview Miles!

    Would love to know more about his plans to building a “luxury, private ski resort” serving the area. That seems to be a huge boiling point with any future agreement with KSL. Doesn’t that sound like a pretty capitalistic move?? He’d earn well-beyond $50 million if operating a successful, private cat skiing operation for rich people.

    -RB

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  3. Great interview, Miles. Lots of great information. I’m encouraged.

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  4. thanks for doing this, Miles. last time you (/we) heard from Troy, he was saying the connection could happen as quickly as two-three years. do you have any sense for why that’s now looking more like five?

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    1. In the past, it sounded like the main challenge was permitting and environmental reports. Now, it sounds like the main issue is KSL and Troy coming to a signed contract agreement. If building starts within 2 years, I think that would be soon. Thanks.

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  5. Good interview. The private land-use for permit reasons makes a lot of sense, and then allowing for a swath of land to be used for public connection between Squaw and Alpine seems reasonable and would certainly speed things up vs. trying to make the whole thing public. Hadn’t heard that side of it before.

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