Squaw Valley buys Alpine Meadows

Very exciting news from my home in Lake Tahoe.

Via The Associated Press:

“Squaw Valley USA, the iconic Lake Tahoe-area resort that has been home to some of the country’s top downhill skiers, is joining operations with neighboring Alpine Meadows in a deal to be announced Tuesday.”

“The merger comes as Tahoe resorts and business leaders are studying a bid for the Winter Olympics, perhaps for the next available Games in 2022. Squaw Valley president and chief executive Andy Wirth is part of that effort but said it’s too soon to tell if the merger will help Lake Tahoe’s effort.”

“In the near term, he and other resort officials hope the merger will boost tourism and make the area more attractive to skiers from abroad and other states.”

When I first moved to Tahoe(Alpine Meadows to be exact), Alpine didn’t even allow snowboarding. We used to hike to the top of Alpine and snowboard down. We definitely got a lot of dirty looks;) It’s a very exciting day to hear that the two mountains will now be one. I wish I could be there for the coming season!

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