Squaw Alpine Gondola Construction Update
Update provided by Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows | Photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is preparing for the construction of the base-to-base gondola connecting the two areas. This is a tremendously complex project, with four terminals spanning two ski areas, and our team will continue to work closely with Leitner-Poma on the planning and construction.
What will the gondola provide access to?
The gondola will transport skiers and snowboarders between The Village at Squaw Valley and the Alpine Meadows Base area. You’ll also have the option to get off at the KT-22 mid station and ski. There will be no onload/offload access for Squaw Alpine guests at the Alpine Meadows Mid-Station. The gondola will not add new terrain to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Terrain that will be connected by the gondola is not contiguous.
Anticipated Summer Impacts
- Hiking trail closures: Five Lakes Trail and Western States Trail will experience intermittent closures throughout construction this summer. During closures, hikers are encouraged to use other trails, with nearby Shirley Canyon and Granite Chief trails in Olympic Valley as great alternatives. Hikers who ascend to High Camp during operating hours of the Aerial Tram can download for free.
Estimated hiking trail closure durations for Five Lakes Trail and Western States Trail: 12 days in May, 14 days in June, 10 days in July and five days in August.
- Tree cutting: Nearly all tree cutting will take place on the Alpine Meadows side, relatively little tree cutting needs to happen on the Squaw Valley side. There will be noise from chainsaws and tree felling around the Alpine Meadows base area. The Tree cutting areas will be closed to the public.
- Excavation & blasting: Plan for noise from blasting and heavy machinery. Excavation areas will be closed to the public while work is ongoing.
- Helicopter flying: Plan for noise from helicopter flying.
- Parking: Areas of the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley parking lots will be closed for equipment and construction material staging. The most convenient parking areas will remain available.
- Squaw Alpine does not anticipate any impacts to skiing and riding operations due to these construction activities.