A proposal to connect two Lake Tahoe ski resorts with a 2.2-mile-long (3.5-kilometer-long) gondola has moved closer to final approval.
Placer County’s approval of the project on Tuesday is one of the “last crucial steps” toward linking Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, said Ron Cohen, president of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
The Sierra Sun reports the gondola with eight-passenger cars would transport up to 1,400 people an hour on a 16-minute trip between the bases of the co-owned, neighboring resorts northwest of Tahoe City, California.
Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Cohen said the gondola route choice selected from four options is the most environmentally friendly because it is the farthest away from a wilderness boundary in the Tahoe National Forest. He said it will allow skiers to enjoy the two resorts’ combined 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) of terrain without having to drive between the two.
About 20% of the project would be located on national forest…
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