For years, skiers and riders have been forced to make a tough decision: ski and ride the world class steeps, glades and groomers of Squaw Valley, or choose the powder-filled bowls and spectacular lake views of Alpine Meadows. But what if you didn’t have to make that decision?
What if you could explore the wide range of terrain that both mountains offer without having to choose one over the other?
Your voice is essential to securing the approval and ensuring the California Express gondola is constructed in time for the 2019-20 winter season
The California Express will both realize a long-held local dream, and enhance the ski and ride experience at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by truly connecting them.
Making your mountain experience that much better
The design plan creates a seamless ski experience with access to both mountains and additional lift access to the top of the KT ridge at Squaw Valley
The environment is our livelihood. We're committed to ensuring the California Express is sensitive to the environment, native habitat, and nearby public lands when it is built.
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Think you know the project inside out? Learn the facts here.
"The California Express would cross into the Granite Chief Wilderness."
False. The California Express will be located on land leased or owned by Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. It is not proposed to cross into the Granite Chief Wilderness Area.
"The California Express will generate more visitation to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, increasing regional traffic."
False. The California Express is not expected to generate additional visitation to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. It will, however, make it easy for destination and day-use guests to access the 6,000 combined acres of world-class skiable terrain at the two mountains without the need for a car.
"The gondola will impact endangered species including the yellow legged frog."
False. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has no interest in impacting endangered species of any kind. Environmental experts hired by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Placer County are currently performing studies that will be reported in the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). If the environmental studies determine the proposed gondola route poses environmental concerns, other possible routes will be recommended by the USFS and/or Placer County.
"The gondola will operate year-round, creating visual impacts for those hiking in the Granite Chief Wilderness Area in summer."
False. The gondola will not be operated in the summer. Operation would only happen during the winter when the two ski areas are open. The proposed plan calls for the minimization of the number and height of gondola towers to maintain the scenic beauty of the area. In addition, the gondola cabins will be removed from the gondola line during non-operation periods to reduce impacts on the surrounding view shed.