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.