Peak to Peak | Connecting Squaw & Alpine

The proposed gondola project

Courtesy Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

When Wayne Poulsen first envisioned Squaw Valley back in 1932, he dreamed of a gondola connecting the now-famous mountain peaks of Squaw to its neighboring peaks that would one day become Alpine Meadows.

Five years ago when Squaw Valley Ski Holdings acquired the properties, chief executive officer Andy Wirth began trying to make that dream come true.

Today, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows sells a one-day lift ticket good for both mountains, but it’s not that easy to go back and forth between the two. There is a piece of property between the two resorts called White Wolf owned by Troy Caldwell. In April 2015, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Caldwell reached an agreement and a plan is underway to build a base-to-base gondola.

The proposed people-mover will run at a capacity of 1,400 passengers per hour in each direction. Although a 13- to 15-minute trip between the two mountains is a little slow, it will allow faster travel between the two resort areas.

The project is still in the environmental review phase, which is expected to be completed in early 2017.