This is HUGE. The possibility of skiing between Squaw & Alpine has always seems extremely distant. Not anymore. One company owns both of them and they are doing everything they can to connect them. It’s the only way. The latest maneuver in this direction is a Pilot Study to see if they can allow Backcountry Access between Alpine & Squa Squaw Lauches Study on Backcountry Access Between Squaw & Alpine | Unofficial Networks

Squaw Lauches Study on Backcountry Access Between Squaw & Alpine

Squaw Lauches Study on Backcountry Access Between Squaw & Alpine

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Squaw Lauches Study on Backcountry Access Between Squaw & Alpine

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Whitewolf, between Squaw and Alpine is NOT where the backcountry gates will allow access

This is HUGE.  The possibility of skiing between Squaw & Alpine has always seems extremely distant.  Not anymore.  One company owns both of them and they are doing everything they can to connect them.  It’s the only way.

The latest maneuver in this direction is a Pilot Study to see if they can allow Backcountry Access between Alpine & Squaw.

WHAT THIS STUDY IS DOING:

– Potentially opening backcountry gates for “permitted” skiers/boarders between Squaw & Alpine (what permitted means is likely people with formal avy training and backcountry experience)

– The whole point of the study is to see whether or not backcountry access gates could work between the resorts…which we are confident that they can

 

BEST PIECES OF THE PRESS RELEASE BELOW:

“If successful, the pilot study would result in a policy which could permit skiers and riders with specialized backcountry training and equipment to access the wilderness land connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “

 

“With the exception of the conditions dependent pilot study, Squaw Valley’s boundary will remain closed as it has in prior years.  The Alpine Meadows Ski Area boundary will be managed as it has been in the past.”

 

“The goal of the pilot study will be to determine whether or not feasible locations for backcountry access gates exist – and if so, where the best locations would be in terms of topography and exposure.”

 

Squaw’s Press Release:

Squaw and Alpine Meadows Announce a Pilot Study to Determine Possibility of Backcountry Access Gates

Management staff working closely with United States Forest Service toward development of plan and policy

[Olympic Valley, CA] December 2, 2011 – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are announcing a new pilot study to determine the possibility of creating backcountry access gates permitting on-snow travel between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. During the 2011-12 winter operating season Squaw and Alpine Meadows management, ski patrols from both resorts, and the US Forest Service will begin a pilot study to investigate the possibility of creating several backcountry access gates permitting travel between Squaw and Alpine Meadows. If successful, the pilot study would result in a policy which could permit skiers and riders with specialized backcountry training and equipment to access the wilderness land connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

“We will be working with closely with our partner, the United States Forest Service, to conduct the pilot study,” said Andy Wirth, CEO of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “With the safety of our guests and our team members as our primary concern, we will be doing our due diligence to determine whether or not backcountry access between Squaw and Alpine Meadows is a possibility.”

Since Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined under common ownership this fall, both resorts can be accessed on one lift ticket or season pass for the 2011-12 winter season. Shuttles will run constantly between Squaw and Alpine Meadows this winter, providing convenient and quick access between the two resorts.

The boundary management policies of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will remain much the same as they have in previous years. With the exception of the conditions dependent pilot study, Squaw Valley’s boundary will remain closed as it has in prior years.  The Alpine Meadows Ski Area boundary will be managed as it has been in the past. The project will include route selection, potential issues relating to backcountry access during in-bounds closures, search and rescue issues, and interface with private land and wilderness areas.

The goal of the pilot study will be to determine whether or not feasible locations for backcountry access gates exist – and if so, where the best locations would be in terms of topography and exposure. The pilot study will be launched when adequate snow conditions have been reached.

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