A long-planned ski lift will create the new third-largest ski area in North America.
The gondola project connecting Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas in California has been inching forward for decades with the two resorts under joint ownership since 2012 and operating on a single lift ticket for several years already. However the 7 mile drive between them will now be replaced by a 2.4 miles long lift ride.
The two areas will have a combined ski area of more than 6,000 acres, with only Park City and Whistler Blackcomb larger. However there will be no ski runs created between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.
Construction starting this spring will cost around $60m and is part of $207m of spending planned across its resorts by the Alterra group. A completion date has not yet been announced.
Separately Squaw Valley announced last autumn it would be changing its name ahead of next winter in a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This past season has proven that our guests are loyal, passionate and looking forward to the many seasons ahead, and we plan to provide them with a premier guest experience as we focus on the long-term future of our mountain destinations,” said Rusty Gregory, CEO, Alterra Mountain Company. “Alterra Mountain Company has exceeded our initial five-year goal to invest over half a billion dollars into our destinations, in just four years. We continue to be committed to infusing meaningful capital into on-mountain enhancements, base area development, and advanced technology that will elevate the mountain experience for all who visit.”