Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Combine Forces!
It’s official! Today it was announced that Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows will be “combining operations” for the 2011/2012 ski season! Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are two of the favorite ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. Now they are available to both be skied with one pass!
Details on the Merger
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be owned and operated by a new company called Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC. There are no immediate plans to connect the two mountains but there will be a daily ski shuttle that will take skiers from one mountain to the next so they may conveniently ski at both.
One of the reasons for the merger is to increase the changes of Tahoe’s pursuit of the Winter Olympics in 2022. Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth says it’s too soon to tell if the merger will help Tahoe’s effort as of now.
This is big news for Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley because now as a combined resort they have over 6,000 acres of accessible terrain. Squaw has about 4,000 skiable acres, Alpine 2,000. In comparison, Vail has about 5,000; Mammoth 3,500; and Whistler-Blackcomb 8,100.
Tahoe Super Pass
The New Tahoe Super Pass gives skiers access to Squaw Valley AND Alpine Meadows. Skiers will have access to over 6,000 acres spread across eight Sierra Nevada mountain peaks. The pass starts at just $439. Skiers who have already purchased their season pass will have access to both mountains with their pass from either mountain.
Read More about the Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley Combined Operations
How Will This Affect Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Real Estate?
Now that skiers will have access to two of the best mountains with one ski pass, real estate values in both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are expected to rise.
It is also expected that the merger will boost tourism and make the area more attractive to skiers from around the country and around the globe.
Now here’s the big question for YOU! How do YOU think this merger will affect the area? How do you think it’ll affect real estate values in both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley? We’d love to hear your thoughts so please share!