Areas surrounding Lake Tahoe boast one of the finest ski resorts in North America. For the northshore communities of Lake Tahoe, the competition between the two most iconic resorts, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows was always a good sign.
However, for thousands of visitors who flocked to the area, it was difficult to decide which ski resort to pick as their preferred choice. Most visitors needed to curb their temptation to enjoy both ski resorts as the two sides of the mountains had their own economic environment and unique identities. It also meant that a season pass from one resort could not be used at the other. Hence, the only solution was to bypass prime facilities at each resort and try managing both resorts in the short holiday times available to most.
This changed in 2011, when Squaw Valley purchased Alpine Meadows. The acquisition was a big boost for visitors who could enjoy both resorts using the same offer from the management. Accordingly, business on either side also started to pool their resources instead of competing against each other.
However, transportation from one resort to another resort remains a problem. During peak season, it is common to see miles of traffic. Since, almost 25 percent of the visitors to one resort also visit the other resort in a single day, traffic bottlenecks remains a top concern for the new management. Simply, there has to be a solution. Read more: Andy Wirth – About.me
Luckily, Squaw Valley Boss, Andy Wirth recently announced that he has come to an agreement with major stakeholders of the Mountain Pass to construct a Gondola ride that will connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
According to the plan, the Gondola will start at the base of Squaw Valley reaching the top of the mountain pass, and ending at the base camp of Alpine Meadows.
According to Andy Wirth, the agreement was not possible without getting permission from his friend, Troy Cardwell, who owns the 450 acre mountain top where the Gondola is proposed to pass. After the agreement, both Andy and Troy are very hopeful that they will get permission from the U.S. Forest Service to use land required for the Gondola to become fully operational. Interestingly, Andy also claims that the Gondola path will not disturb private land and native vegetation.
According to Powder, for Andy Wirth, the agreement is a huge success. Already, Andy has served the community by investing in local charities. As a young boy, he also served as a Park Ranger in the U.S. Forest Service, overseeing the same areas where Gondola path is planned.
Commenting on years of effort, Andy insists that the Gondola represents the vision and dream of thousands of visitors who come to the area wishing to traverse the mountains without relying on the road.