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Big changes at Squaw Valley

jimk

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Excellent lunch time read. Good photos too. Thanks for sharing. Interesting to see Schectman's (of MRA) comment at end regretting his quote criticizing Squaw CEO Wirth.
I have a grand total of one day at Squaw, in Jan 2013, so take following with grain of salt. The story speaks to the eternal conflict between "don't mess up my good thing" locals and capitalistic/development minded owners - they need each other to maintain a healthy balance and provide us tourists with a great resort. I say PROCEED with a significant new redevelopment effort. The current base is a mishmash consisting of a little Intrawest style village awkwardly superimposed on an assortment of older support buildings. It looks like a disheveled, overgrown day-ski area. From what I could tell many guests stay 5-20 miles away in accommodations intended for summer Lake Tahoe tourists. Considering the huge crowds it can draw this may explain why the most distinguishing characteristic of the current base is a giant parking lot. If/when they fully link Squaw and Alpine Meadows with lifts and trails this place will go from great to spectacular and further justify a cohesive and full service base area worthy of a world class ski destination.
My report on Squaw focusing strictly on the great skiing: http://www.dcski.com/articles/1378
 

thetrailboss

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Excellent article. That's why I subscribe to POWDER. I may cross-post this in our Squaw Valley thread that was actually pretty active until recently. I like Squaw Valley and visited there in 2010. This gave me even more context and appreciation for the place. It also gave fair time to each side.
 

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Excellent article. That's why I subscribe to POWDER. I may cross-post this in our Squaw Valley thread that was actually pretty active until recently. I like Squaw Valley and visited there in 2010. This gave me even more context and appreciation for the place. It also gave fair time to each side.

I had intended to post it there because I though there was one but it was not among recent threads. I saw you posted it there.

This thread should be merged into that one.


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