Residents and tourists of the Reno-Tahoe region reserved great news as Andy Wirth, CEO of the epic Squaw Valley Ski resort, revealed that the company would be adding a Base-to-Base gondola that would attach to Alpine Meadows — as reported by Powder Magazine. These two amazing resorts have long been connected with one another in the minds of skiers everywhere and now they’ll have a physical connection as well.
The announcement for the gondola came about recently with public reaction being immediate and positive. The gondola is no small venture, however, and it will be done in three parts in order to complete the entire arc between the two resorts.
The beginning of the gondola will start at Squaw Valley’s base before going up over a ridge and then landing at the base of Alpine Meadows. For a long time this sort of gondola connection has been nothing more than a dream of local skiers and tourists alike who hated the idea of driving between the two resorts in order to get their slope shredding in. For a long time the biggest problem with completing this gondola came from landowner Troy Caldwell. Read more: Squaw Valley’s Andy Wirth appointed chair of Reno airport board
Mr. Caldwell owns the area of land between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows that is known as the White Wolf area. White Wolf is a stretch of land that compiles 460 acres, which includes the top of Squaw Valley’s chairlift — KT-22.
According to SteamBoatToday, Andy Wirth has been publicly trying to get this connection done through the White Wolf since 2011 and all parties involved can proudly, and honestly, say that there is a sigh of relief going about town with it finally over.
With the gondola entering construction phase we will see Squaw Valley turn into one of the most desired ski resorts in the entire country which will bring a boon of tourism dollars to the region. Wirth has been more and more active in the Tahoe region over the past couple of years, going so far as to join the Reno Airport Authority Board. His work in the area is starting to pay major dividends as the region booms.
However, for Andy Wirth life is no longer all just about business. It was only a few years ago that Wirth nearly lost his life in a near-fatal skydiving accident. Wirth’s plane missed its drop zone and he was flown off course, being forced to put down in a rough area.
Wirth clipped a telephone pole and immediately sustained a deadly injury to his arm. Wirth managed to stay calm and collected until help arrived and he was able to go through the litany of surgeries before getting back on his feet in order to get back to work and help Squaw Valley grow