The recent news that Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth hopes to connect these two famed ski areas by bui8lding a gondola that would connect the resorts is “just amazing,” say longtime ski fans commenting online. The excitement is linked to how this base-to-base gondola “would operate in three parts,” explained Wirth on his resort website. The CEO also said the gondola project would start at the bottom of Squaw Valley and then go up and over the ridge between to mountains. It would then do down to the very bottom of Alpine Meadows; thus giving skiers two distinct ski passes amongst two very interesting and distinct skiing cultures.
Lake Tahoe skiers welcome Wirth’s plan
Andy Wirth also told news media in Lake Tahoe what the new gondola project will border areas around the still underdeveloped Granite Chief Wilderness Area. Lake Tahoe residents and skiers say they like the idea of allowing this proposed gondola ski lift project to travel across this unsoiled U.S. Forest Service land because the gondola would help protect the environment; while allowing skiers more breathtaking views of this Squaw Valley region.
Overall, Wirth is credited with being a true ski visionary who puts people and the local environment first and foremost in his plans to merge and truly “connect” Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.