Here is the official word from Squaw Valley concerning the new "soon to be OPEN" KT Backcountry Gate.



KT BACKCOUNTRY GATE | Squaw's First Backcountry Gate! Official Word From Squaw

Here is the official word from Squaw Valley concerning the new “soon to be OPEN” KT Backcountry Gate. 


Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, in conjunction with the USFS, are conducting a backcountry access pilot program that permits access to the backcountry terrain between the two resorts as of Tuesday, April 17. Once an individual leaves either boundary, he or she is on their own with no services provided. Should rescue become necessary, it is the responsibility of the Placer County Sherriff’s office. Backcountry access from Squaw Valley will be via one gate located approximately 100 yards West of the KT Saddle. From Alpine Meadows, skiers and riders can access the backcountry terrain to Squaw Valley from North Estelle Peak. Those with any questions should direct them to Ski Patrol at the top of KT-22 at Squaw or at the top of Summit Chair at Alpine. The gates may be closed at any time and access to the gates may be precluded by other mountain closures. This pilot program opens the access to the backcountry, thus permitting passage between the two resorts.

Please be aware:

  • Hiking is required with a substantial climb required to enter either resort.
  • Know how to use and carry an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
  • Alpine Tour or Telemark equipment and climbing skis are highly recommended.
  • There is no cell phone coverage in the area between the two resorts.
  • Be advised you entering United States Forest Service land.
  • The land to the East is private property (please, no trespassing)
  • The land to the West is wilderness (there is no way out)
  • The KT Gate provides access to Alpine Meadows with very limited downhill skiing/riding.
  • Partner up.
  • No rescue beyond this point – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!
  • Looker

    You are not permitted to ski any good terrain. There is no excitement other than more or less keeping your skis on between the resorts. I personally like shuttles better than pointless hikes.

  • Giant Poles

    What exactly is the point of this gate? So you can take a long ass hike (uphill both ways) to travel between resorts? Why waste your time, theres no terrain worthy of skiing there, its not KW.

    • I was there

      The point is if this gate works and people behave themselves it will lead to more gates. Have you ever stood on granite peak looking down into nat.geo? Ever wish you could head down shriley canyon (legally) these could be real possibilities.

  • John W

    After legally skiing Bear Creek backcountry 5 years ago (deep powder- no beacon)
    at Telluride. I suddenly decided to buy a beacon !

  • Anonymous

    Idiots. Don’t you know how manky that zone is right now. Opening this area is condition dependent.
    hahahahahah to all the fools who showed up @ KT this morning for a tour.

    it’s called UN—OFFICIAL for a reason.

    extended april fools i suppose.


  • Anonymous

    Two to one a local is more likely to make the mistake that tightens the lawyer’s sphincters enough to close it all.

  • Jack

    I think the more Troy hesitates on selling/opening white wolf, Squaw and ALpine will find alternates on how to connect the two resorts. Therefore the longer he holds off, the resorts will only start to offer less and less money for the land.

  • Squaw Rocks

    If its true that this connection route is all on forest service land, then i think this is also a negotiating ploy by KSL. Point is to show Troy that while it is clearly preferred, it is not essential for KSL to come to a deal with Troy prior to connecting the resorts.

    • 13

      Troy is a big part of this even happening. The grooming pass you see leading to Alpine was made by Troy at his effort and expense,with his cat, partially on his land. KSL has to deal with Troy, no interconnect lifts can be built without access to his land, ski lifts cannot cross wilderness areas.

  • K.eep S.ucking L.osers

    how considerate of KSL!! two weeks left in the season and this is what they are spending their time and, more importantly, money on?? Doing this a month ago would have been what … too hard? too appreciated? too expensive? too much effort? too smart? … take your pick. what matters is that KSL can now advertise Squaw and Alpine as officially joined mountains!! Thanks for lookin out KSL!

    • I was there

      Squaw has a history of trying shit out at the end of a season. For example snowboarding was a trial run at the end of 89′ I believe, Went full time the next year. It’s a good way for them to feel it out. This is a good thing, don’t bash em for this one there are plenty of other things to bash them for.

      • I was there too except

        In 89 they were “feeling it out” to decide whether to allow snowboarding the following year or not (even though it would have happened eventually, but they didnt know that then) They are not trying to decide whether to do this next year or not… they ARE doing this next year. No need to “feel it out”

        They were going to wait UNTIL next year until they realized they can ADVERTISE as officially joined mountains if they squeeze it in before the season ends. Two weeks of “skiing” (hiking) between squaw and alpine on corn snow is not benefiting anybody but KSL! This is nothing more than a marketing ploy and if you don’t see that you are fools!

      • I was there

        zero fucks given as to why KSL is opening this up and when. Why do you care if it’s a marketing ploy or not? Personally I will never use this gate for the purpose of hiking to alpine. But I think it is a step in the right direction to opening more gates to places I will want to go. Some times you have to think past your nose….

    • Jus sayin...

      Why set up the bridge in THE MIDDLE OF SPRING BREAK for every touron to cross the gate, get lost, get stuck, etc? This seems like the perfect time to try this out – the only skiers left on the hill are reasonably knowledgeable about the area and know roughly where to go. I think it’s sweet, don’t be a bitter a-hole, just be glad things are happening.

      • Jus sayin...

        nothing was stopping those same spring breakers from getting lost and stuck on Munchkins or Promised Land at Alpine…. yet somehow it turned out ok.

  • Jason

    “Be advised you entering United States Forest Service land.” ie… Alpine Meadows right? It’s under permit last I checked.

  • Amazing

    Could we get more coverage of White Wolf specifically:

    – Cost of installing the lift towers
    – Is this gate near the towers
    – A link to Google Earth w/ the path above mapped for those of us not in SV
    – White wolf permit/ dev plans w/ maps of the expansion?

    A pretty fascinating story that the guy picked it up for $350k and sits on valuable real estate between these two large resorts.

  • Local Mounter

    There should be an Avalanche/Back country licence…. that way no inexperienced people (like myself) would be tempted to do this. looks amazing tho

    • Cheep Bastard

      I hear what you’re saying. It only takes one knucklehead to ruin it for everyone. Bridger Bowl had a beacon sensor at the gate to access “The Ridge” 20 yrs ago so it ain’t much for equipment/technology. I would be for something like that to keep the morons from hurting themselves and getting lawyers involved. Between the sensor and the spot checks by patrol for shovel and probes it kept the sheeple off The Ridge. I worry about the one a-hole or novice wrecking it for the rest of us.

    • ATrain

      License? Are you kidding me? Take some responsibility for your life and be accountable for your own actions. If you don’t feel as though you should attempt this experiences then don’t. No one is forcing you but don’t ruin it for those of us that have been trying to make this happen for years…

      I think it’s called:
      choix naturel, les plus forts survivent

      or in english:
      survival of the fittest!

    • Dude I forgot my beacon.

      Wilderness and lift accessed sidecountry are inherently dangerous. Licensing people to travel in the opens up serious liability issues when someone is injured or killed there. Common sense, personal responsibility and the laws of physics rule.

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