Two of North Tahoe’s ski resorts, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have long held a connection as two of the best skiing destinations in America. However, they were separated by various things including ownership, local cultures, physical geographical landscape of the area and distinct ski passes (you can also learn more about Andy Wirth: https://about.me/andywirth). However, in 2011, Squaw Valley’s owners, called KSL Capital Partners, purchased the Alpine Meadows ski resort and everything changed. The two ski resorts were finally united through common ownership.
However, in order to access either of the mountains for skiing, one has to drive to each specific ski resort. This is the main reason why CEO Andy Wirth has plans to connect the resorts using a gondola. It would operate in three distinct parts. It would start from either of the resort valleys, go up to the ridge and then back down to the other side.
There has been speculation among local residents and skiers about potential plans to link the two ski resorts. Many skiers welcome the move as it will make skiing expeditions easy and fun. The plans were only made public after an agreement was reached between Andy Wirth and Troy Caldwell. Cardwell owns the large tract of lands between the two popular ski areas. Squaw Valley currently plans to present its plans to build a gondola to Placer County and U.S. Forest Service.
Andy Wirth is Squaw Valley Ski Holdings’ Chief Operating Officer. He has worked tirelessly for many years to make the popular ski area a top destination for tourists globally. He is also an avid contributor of numerous environmental and community based service organizations that are located around Lake Tahoe area. He aims to improve the area for all residents irrespective of their age or social class. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSquawValley/posts/10152191670133708
Born in 1963, Wirth was educated at both Edinburgh University and Colorado State University. He is a 25-year-old market veteran in the hotel and mountain resort industries. Read more: Andy Wirth – Squaw Valley CEO and Philanthropist
He is also a dedicated philanthropist with a special interest in helping wounded army veterans and raising funds for the effective Navy SEAL Foundation. These organizations help wounded war veterans to piece back their lives after they return back home.
Op-ed originally published through Powder Magazine: http://www.powder.com/stories/news/squaw-valley-alpine-meadows-announce-base-to-base-gondola/#lS2kiGY6zhLToQBs.97