Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to Connect by 2019
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has formally announced its plan to install a 13,000-foot base-to-base gondola, connecting The Village at Squaw Valley and the base area at Alpine Meadows. The freshly branded “California Express” gondola is targeted to open ahead of the 2019-20 winter season and would create the largest ski area in California, and arguably the largest in North America. The gondola will offer skiers and snowboarders easy access to 6,000 combined acres of incredible terrain at both mountains without use of a car or shuttle.
But there are plenty of details and environmental concerns to resolve before the gondola becomes reality. The proposed connection is currently under a joint agency review and assessment with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Placer County. The two government groups, which are working together and hired a third-party contractor, SE Group of Denver, to conduct an environmental impact report, have even come back with a request to study multiple possible routes.