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Andy Wirth Builds Historic Connecting Gondola

For lovers of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, there is incredible news: a gondola will soon be connecting the two famous ski resorts. For decades the two North Tahoe resorts have been popular skiing destinations, each with its own distinctive culture.

It has long been the dream of Andy Wirth, Squaw Alpine CEO, to bring the two together. In 2011 that dream became just a little bit more real when KSL Capital Partners, owners of Squaw Valley, purchased Alpine Meadows.

Rather than having to choose one ski resort over the other, skiiers can easily be transported from one peak to the other via gondola. Before lodgers would have to make the trip by car, which could be long and tedious.Read more: Squaw Valley’s Andy Wirth appointed chair of Reno airport board.

Now that the two ski resorts have been merged into one, it only makes sense that skiers should have a more convenient way to be transported between the two to double the skiing experience. Learn more about Andy Wirth:

According to Powder Magazine, talks have long been in the works between Andy Wirth and Troy Caldwell, who owns the 460 acre piece of land between the two resorts known as the White Wolf. As of April 2015, the two parties came to an agreement that would allow the gondola to be erected on both Caldwell’s land and U.S. Forest Service Land.

The gondola is just one of the many projects that Andy Wirth focuses his energy on. In addition to working tirelessly to make North Tahoe an international ski destination, he is dedicated to community service organizations and environmental efforts in the North Tahoe region. Learn more about Andy Wirth:

While he is working to connect the two resorts, he is respectful of the fact that some skiers may prefer one resort over the other due to the respective histories and cultures of each ski resort (andy wirth | POWDER Magazine). Andy Wirth hopes to maintain the uniqueness of each resort while granting skiers the opportunity to visit both areas of natural beauty and splendor that he is proud to call one of his greatest projects.

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