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 Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the anticipated environmental effects of the Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 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 of existing avalanche mitigation practices at Alpine Meadows with the installation of eight 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. 

In addition to analysis under NEPA, Placer County has prepared 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 have been documented in a joint EIS/EIR that fulfills the requirements of both NEPA and CEQA. 

All project documents, including the full Draft EIS/EIR, biological technical reports, and maps are available in the Project Library.

Note: this is not an official Forest Service website.

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The Draft EIS/EIR is available for public review and comment. To review the document in full, please click the following link:

Draft EIS/EIR

To submit comments electronically, please visit the following National Forest Service webpage: 

Comment/Object on Project

All project documents, including the full Draft EIS/EIR, biological technical reports, and maps are available at the following link: 

Project Library