Video of 2019-20 New gondola connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts

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$17 Million of New Investment Planned for 2019-20 Season at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows


Video credit: DAVID CARACCIO of The Sacramento Bee, JULY 26, 2019

“Placer County supervisors have approved a gondola, dubbed the California Express Gondola, between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts in the Lake Tahoe, California, area so skiers and snowboarders won’t have to leave the snow and drive or take shuttle to access the two mountains.” – Sacbee.com

According to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the gondola would extend from the base of Red Dog chair at Squaw Valley to the base area of Alpine Meadows. The gondola will have 33 towers spanning 11,700 feet, about 2.2 miles.

Lift capacity would approximately be 1,400 people per hour in both directions. From base to base, the trip would take 13 to 16 minutes.

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Press release MARCH 4, 2019 from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows:

• At Alpine Meadows, a new $10 million high-speed lift will replace Hot Wheels, connecting the Alpine Meadows Base Lodge to Sherwood
• At Squaw Valley, improvements to the area around High Camp will increase connectivity with High Camp facilities and enhance the beginner experience

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] March 4, 2019 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Alterra Mountain Company have announced over $17 million of capital investment in the resort for the 2019-20 season, including a new $10 million chairlift at Alpine Meadows. Following the first full season of operations on the Ikon Pass, Alterra Mountain Company plans to invest $181 million in capital improvements across its 14 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year. These capital projects are part of an ambitious improvement plan totaling more than half a billion dollars through the 2022-23 season, focused on elevating the guest experience at all destinations, after an initial $170 million investment for the 2018-19 season. At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, improvements focus on guest access to amenities and terrain for all ability levels.

New detachable high-speed chairlift at Alpine Meadows

“Alpine Meadows will see continued investment following last year’s $1.4 million renovation of its Base Lodge. A new high-speed detachable quad chairlift will replace the existing Hot Wheels triple chair, adding a mid-station at the current terminus and a 1,300-foot extension up to Sherwood Cliffs ridge, landing between Art’s Knob and the top terminal of Sherwood Express. A total ride time of about five minutes will give skiers and riders direct access from the base area to both the Alpine and Sherwood sides of the ski area. The new express chairlift will be a four-minute ride from the Alpine Meadows base area to the mid-station, providing convenient access to some of the area’s best low-intermediate terrain. At the top terminal, just one-minute’s ride from the mid-station, guests will have immediate access to the Sherwood Cliffs, Art’s Knob and all of the terrain served by Sherwood Express, which boasts the closest view of Lake Tahoe anywhere in the resort. Here, intermediate and expert guests can experience one of the mountain’s most spectacular areas, with wide open glades and access to the secluded Ice Bar, an on-snow hangout that comes alive for spring skiing.

“The new lift will benefit the Alpine Meadows experience on many levels,” said Ron Cohen, president and chief operating officer at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “Terrain currently served by Hot Wheels is frequently used by learners and ski and ride school as the next progression after the beginner terrain in the base area. A detachable lift will make loading and unloading much easier for these groups, and the ride time will be more than cut in half. Alpine Meadows is a fantastic place to learn how to ski, and I am proud that we are continuing to foster that quality. In addition to those clear benefits, the new lift extension will directly connect guests to some of Alpine’s best intermediate and expert terrain.

The lift’s location is favorable in high winds and inclement weather,” Cohen continued, “and the extension creates access to the Sherwood area without the need for the current multi-step process that requires a long and sometimes nearly impassable traverse.”

Squaw Alpine Treeline Cirque Ski Lift Construction – New Ski Lift for 2019-20 Winter Season

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New surface lifts and terrain enhancements at Squaw Valley

“Squaw Valley will also see improvements to on-hill connectivity with new surface lifts in the High Camp area. A new rope tow will create fast and convenient access to High Camp, avoiding the need to traverse uphill to get to the High Camp facilities. At 8,200 feet, the recently renovated High Camp is home to multiple dining locations, the High Camp Pool & Hot Tub and a 30-acre beginner area, all with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. High Camp’s extensive beginner terrain will be further enhanced for 2019-20 with infrastructure improvements, including a new “magic carpet” surface lift, snow fencing, and other skier experience enhancements that will help novices and Ski & Snowboard School students to fully utilize the terrain with less interference from other skier traffic. Construction will begin this summer, as soon as conditions allow.”

“$17 million in capital improvements by Alterra Mountain Company represents a strong commitment to continue to invest in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, optimizing our infrastructure in a way that provides great access for everyone, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time visitor,” said Cohen. “This big investment at Alpine Meadows shows an enduring focus on the family-friendly atmosphere, great snow conditions and incredible terrain that make Alpine one of Tahoe’s favorite resorts. We are coming into the second half of what has proven to be an incredible season so far, and with these changes on the plate, the outlook for 2019-20 is wildly optimistic.” – SquawAlpine.com

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Scenic Backcountry skiing in Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite Winter Club Cross Country Ski Section
Jane Raschuke-Goodman, a representative from the the Yosemite Winter Club Cross Country Ski section( is a non-profit organization founded in 1928 to bring winter sporting opportunities to outdoor enthusiasts in Yosemite), will be presenting information about YWC, as well as, sharing tips on all aspects of back country skiing. Attend one of the two information sessions that are scheduled at Sports Basement:

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Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 6pm to 7pm
At the Sports Basement, Presidio of San Francisco, 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94129.

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At the Sports Basement, Berkeley location – 2727 Milvia Street, Berkeley, California 94703 on Thursday, February 23, from 6 pm to 7 pm

For further information, email: or call Jane Raschke-Goodman at (559) 392-1194

Learn about the Yosemite Winter Club Cross Country Ski Section ( YWCXC). This Club arranges hut supported ski trips into the backcountry of Yosemite. These trips are made possible by the XC Section members who volunteer their time for trip planning, meal planning, shopping and packing food caches and placing the caches in the cabins in the fall before the roads close. These are not guided trips, but a trip leader is assigned for the purpose of facilitating decision making and everyone pitches in to cook, clean up after meals and tidy up the cabins before the group leaves.

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