Powder Magazine, a popular ski magazine recently did an interview with the man in charge of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas in the Lake Tahoe area. During the interview the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Andy Wirth made a big announcement that the company will be building a base to base gondola that will connect the two popular ski areas at Olympic Valley. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is the company that manages and operates both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The company that owns Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, KSL Capital Partners bought Alpine Meadows in 2011. This merged Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows together to create one large ski resort, in fact one of the largest in the country. Still, the two popular ski areas are separated by mountains and ridges. That takes a significant amount of time and causes traffic in the mountain roads. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx
Andy Wirth said that analysis shows that almost a quarter of all skiers that visit his resort, ski both the Alpine Meadows section and the Squaw Valley section in a single day. That number according to Wirth is high and show that there is a strong demand to build a gondola that would allow easy and fast access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas.
Another important thing to keep in mind, is that perhaps with the gondola constructed more skiers will ski both areas, instead of just selecting which one they have time to ski on. Combined together, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley offer more than 6,000 acres of ski terrain. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://andywirth.com/
Some hurdles remain for the construction of the gondola, which Wirth believes can help improve business at his resorts. An agreement has been reached with a local landowner, who owns some of the land where the proposed gondola will run. Another part of the gondola route, is planned to run on US Forest Service land. The project must be approved by the US Forest Service.
It must also grant permission for the gondola to operate on its land. For more on the interview with Andy Wirth about the gondola to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows check out this article published on Powder Magazine. Current CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings which manages Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas is a veteran of the resort, ski and hotel industry. Read more: Interview with Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth | Tahoetopia
He has worked in the industry for over two decades and has helped transform Squaw Valley Ski Resort into one the country’s top 20 most visited ski resorts.