There are two iconic ski resorts in North Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. For many years, although you could see one from the other, the mountains were owned by separate companies and you needed separate passes to enjoy the slopes on both mountains. In 2011 that all changed. According to an article in Powder Magazine, KSL Capital Partners, owners of Squaw Valley purchased Alpine Meadows, uniting them under the same ownership.
But downhill enthusiasts had to travel by car from one resort to the other. To solve this problem there is going to be a base to base gondola constructed which will carry skiers from one mountain to the other.
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Andy Wirth sees the gondola running in three parts from one base, up and over the ridge separating the two mountains and then down to the base of the other resort. This has been a dream for snowboarders and skiers for many years, in the area. It is finally coming into reality, according to the Squaw/Alpine website.
An agreement was reached between the owner of the White Wolf, the ridge in between the mountains, Troy Caldwell and Andy Wirth was the final detail. Now that is done the construction can begin, taking the gondola through the Granite Chief Wilderness Area, as well as across the western edge of the property belonging to Caldwell. Squaw/Alpine are now soliciting public support for the project, because without any opposition the gondola will be completed as quickly as possible and provide an economic boost to the entire region.
Andy Wirth gives credit for the idea of the plan to the founder of Squaw Valley Wayne Poulsen, he had this vision many years ago but it is Wirth that made this vision come true. Taking an idea and turning it into reality is a very exciting step which culminated when Wirth sat down and hammered out the details of the route with Troy Caldwell. Read more: Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser
The cooperation is a new approach, as Wirth’s predecessors all approached getting things done by using lawyers and litigation. It is the approach of neighbors working together for the greater good of the entire area that has finally won the day. It has been Andy Wirth’s goal since the becoming CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings to promote the area as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
His work in connecting the two resorts with a gondola is just the latest example of his dedication to the area. He has also taken a stand as a protector of the environment in the area, hoping to keep it as pristine and beautiful when he leaves as it was when he arrived.
He has also spent a lot of effort building a stronger Tahoe community by donating his time and effort to community service organizations. It is hoped the area will become a draw to tourists of all ages throughout the year.