Free transit within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
This service has ended for the 18-19 season.
Mountaineer offers an intra-valley transit program in partnership with Downtowner and SATCo. Mountaineer provides free transportation for residents and guests visiting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
How it works
- Download the app available on iTunes Store and Google Play Store to get started
- Summon one of our eight 4WD, dog-friendly vans that seat up to 9 guests and come equipped with ski & snowboard racks. One van is also ADA accessible.
- Take Mountaineer to your desired location within Squaw or within Alpine. To go between the two resort, use the Squaw Alpine Express.
- You can summon Mountaineer from anywhere within each valley, and Mountaineer will take you wherever you need to go within that valley. For example, you can take Mountaineer from your Snoventures at Squaw Valley back to the Resort at Squaw Creek, or at Alpine you can take Mountaineer from your AirBnB up to the lifts.
- Starting points and end points do not have to be Squaw or Alpine specific. This is a community service that will take you anywhere within each valley.
What is Mountaineer?
Mountaineer is an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. This service will be available at no cost to any in-valley rider who summons the vehicle with the Mountaineer app.
How do I use Mountaineer?
Download the Mountaineer app and use it to call for a ride and one of our eight dog-friendly, 10-person, 4WD sprinter-type vans equipped with ski & snowboard racks will pick you up and deliver you to any destination within the valley.
How much does Mountaineer cost?
The Mountaineer service is free.
Can I take Mountaineer from my house in Squaw to 7-11? To my friend’s house? To Resort at Squaw Creek?
Yes! You can use Mountaineer to get anywhere within Squaw Valley or within Alpine Meadows. For those interested in traveling outside of the resort communities, the Squaw Alpine Express shuttle will continue to operate between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and local TART busses will continue to provide service to Truckee and Tahoe City.
Will my ride go directly to my destination? Or will we stop to pick up other people?
The Mountaineer vans fit up to 10 people including the driver. On busier days, expect to be in a ride share with other passengers.
How many vehicles will be in service?
Eight vehicles in total will be in service, each with seating for 10 people including the driver. One vehicle is ADA friendly and all vehicles are dog-friendly.
Can I bring my skis or snowboard?
Yes. Mountaineer vans are equipped with ski & snowboard racks.
Can I take Mountaineer from Alpine to Squaw?
Mountaineer vehicles are specific to each valley. The Squaw Alpine Express shuttle provides free service between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
Is the ADA van specific to Squaw?
No. The ADA van can be summoned from Squaw or Alpine and drop guests off within each of those valleys.
When will Mountaineer operate?
Mountaineer operations have ended for the 18-19 season. Seven dog-friendly 10-person 4WD Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks, and one ADA vehicles of similar capacity were used to offer free transportation—from anywhere to anywhere—within the two valleys. The most up-to-date information on hours of operation can always be found on the app.
Is there an age limit for who can utilize Mountaineer?
In the interest of safety, children 12 & under may not ride mountaineer alone. Children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible rider.
Why was Mountaineer introduced?
Mountaineer was introduced to reduce in-valley trips within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by providing convenient, year-round shuttle service at no cost to the rider. The intention is that Mountaineer will integrate into the existing Tahoe Area Regional Transit system to make it easy for those interested in traveling outside of the resort community to areas such as Truckee or Tahoe City without the need for a car.
How is Mountaineer funded?
The nonprofit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) will fund the micro mass transit system through the combination of a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, and a one percent assessment on lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
What is Squaw Alpine Transit Company, or SATCo?
SATCo is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows homeowner’s associations, in-valley lodging properties and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort.
Has this resource been used successfully in other mountain communities?
Mountaineer is a subsidiary of the larger micro-mass transit service Downtowner, which has been successfully implemented in other resort communities such as Aspen, Park City and Beaver Creek.