Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Gondola to be Contructed
North Tahoe area has several resorts. Some of the most iconic resorts are Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. Since they were started several years ago, the two major resorts have has a special connection. An individual can see one mountain when they are on top of the other. For many years now, the Squaw Valley and Alpine skiers have only been separated by two distinct ski cultures and passes.
However, this changed in the year 2011 when KSL Capital Partners, the owners of Squaw Valley bought Alpine Meadows. This new development united the two mountains, making it one ski resort, although the players are supposed to drive from one parking to the other ski in each mountain. Tahoe skiers will not be required to make this drive anymore. Just recently, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings made a new announcement that will change the lives of the tourists for good.
The resort will be building a gondola that would connect Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. The gondola will be base to base, and it will be operating in three parts. It will start at the bottom of the Squaw Valley resort, and it will also be up and over the ridge that exists between the mountains. The gondola will be down at the bottom of Alpine Meadows too. According to the CEO of Squaw Valley, Andy Wirth, the connection is something that many visitors of the two resorts have been dreaming about for many years.
Lake Tahoe skiers are not shocked by the new development. There have been some rumors going around about the construction of a lift served connection between the two resorts, so the connection was expected. The owner of the land that is located between the two mountains, Troy Caldwell played a very important role in bring the connection idea in to a reality.
When the gondola construction was being announced, it was revealed that Caldwell and AndyWirth had come together and reached an agreement, and this will help settle any problems from both parties. Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings. He took the position some time ago, and since then, he has brought a lot of changes in the resort. Read more: Interview with Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth | Tahoetopia and Squaw Valley’s Andy Wirth appointed chair of Reno airport board
In 2013, Andy Wirth got an accident when he was playing one afternoon. He missed a safe landing, and he found himself on a vineyard. The accident almost took his life, and he had to spend several months in the hospital getting treatment.
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