Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project

   Photograph of skier at Alpine Meadows Photograph of skier at Squaw Valley

The Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the anticipated environmental effects of the Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project. In September 2015, the Tahoe National Forest accepted an application from Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC which proposes to install, operate, and maintain an aerial ropeway system connecting the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski areas. This proposal also included an alteration to current avalanche mitigation techniques including the installation of Gazex® exploders. Implementation of the proposal would require an amendment to an existing Special Use Permit issued for the operation and maintenance of Alpine Meadows Ski Area. The proposal is consistent with Alpine Meadows’ current Master Development Plan and passed the screening criteria for consideration to use National Forest System lands and amend the existing permit consistent with Forest Service land use regulations. 

Additional information about the project, including the Purpose and Need and a description of the Proposed Action, is available in the Project Overview

In addition to analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Placer County will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze environmental impacts of the proposal pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Information regarding the Placer County CEQA process is available here:


The Forest Service and Placer County reviews will be documented in a joint EIS/EIR to fulfill the requirements of NEPA and CEQA. 

Note: this is not an official Forest Service website.


On September 2, 2016 Placer County and the Forest Service announced that they will prepare a joint EIS/EIR. Placer County is providing an additional comment period. Click here for more information

A Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Base-To-Base Gondola Project was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2016.

Two public meetings were held on May 9, 2016 to gather comments on the scope of the project. Both meetings were held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Monument Peak Room, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA. The first meeting was held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the second was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

The scoping period began on April 29, 2016 and ended on May 31, 2016. Thank you for your comments.

Project documents, maps, and comments are available in the Project Library