New ski lift to create third largest ski area in North America

A long-planned ski lift will create the new third largest ski area in North America.

The gondola project connecting the Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas in California has been advancing for decades, with the two resorts being co-owned since 2012 and operating on a single lift ticket for several years now. However, the 7 mile ride between them will now be replaced by a 2.4 mile long elevator ride.

The two areas will have a combined ski area of ​​over 6,000 acres, with only Park City and the larger Whistler Blackcomb. However, no ski slope will be created between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.

Construction starting this spring will cost around $ 60 million and is part of the $ 207 million planned spending at its stations by the Alterra Group. A completion date has not yet been announced.

Separately, Squaw Valley announced last fall that it would change its name before next winter in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This past season has proven that our customers are loyal, passionate and eager to experience the many seasons to come, and we plan to provide them with a top notch experience as we focus on the long term future of our destinations. mountain, ”said Rusty Gregory, CEO, Alterra Mountain Company. “Alterra Mountain Company has surpassed our initial five-year goal of investing more than half a billion dollars in our destinations in just four years. We continue to commit to injecting significant capital into mountain upgrades, base area development and cutting edge technologies that will enhance the mountain experience for all who visit.

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