Photos: Gondola from Palisades Tahoe to the construction of Alpine Meadows

Two of the Tahoe area’s most iconic resorts – Squaw Valley, as it was then called, and neighboring Alpine Meadows – united under one owner in 2011. A new gondola is expected to open by end of this year will make this connection physical. for Palisades Tahoe, as the stations are now known collectively.

The $85 million base gondola will carry skiers and snowboarders 2.4 miles between the two sprawling ski areas in a 16-minute ride over high ridges with distant views. The opening is scheduled for mid-December.

The project aimed to create “the most reliable, efficient and unique elevator experience in the United States,” Casey Blann, senior vice president of operations, said during a media tour Thursday.

Two lifts, which can be operated independently in strong winds, will drive the gondola. Its 96 cabins can move 1,400 people per hour.

A separate project, on the Olympic Valley side of the resort, upgrades the Red Dog chair from a three-person lift to a high-speed six-seater. The alpine side has upgraded snowmaking equipment and upgraded the lodge.

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Two cabins pass through the Base to Base Gondola route in Palisades Tahoe on Thursday, October 27, 2022, as construction continues on the project. It should be operational in December. Hector Amezcua [email protected]

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Construction is in full swing as Palisades Tahoe previews the Base to Base Ggondola that will connect the resort’s two valleys — Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows — on Thursday. The $85 million project is Tahoe’s biggest ski resort upgrade in decades. Hector Amezcua [email protected]

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The base-to-base gondola, under construction Thursday, will accommodate eight people in each cabin for the 16-minute, 2.4-mile ride between the Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows base areas. Hector Amezcua [email protected]
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The cabins cross the base-to-base gondola route from Alpine Lodge during construction on Thursday, October 27, 2022, during construction. A 16-minute trip will take skiers and snowboarders to the Olympic Valley side of Palisades Tahoe, a trip previously done by car or bus. Hector Amezcua [email protected]

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