Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows gondola comment period extended

Staff Report
A model gondola on display in the Village at Squaw Valley on July 18.
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• Visit to learn more about the gondola proposal on the county’s website.

• Comments can be submitted by email to or by mail to Shirlee Herrington, Environmental Coordination Services, Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Dr., Suite 190, Auburn, CA, 95603. The public comment period ends Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The U.S. Forest Service and Placer County announced Sept. 2 they have decided to file a joint environmental document on the Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows Gondola Project.

There is no proposed change to the Base-to-Base Gondola project, but rather than each submitting an individually prepared environmental document, the agencies will now only submit one joint document.

The announcement serves as a notice of preparation, and begins an additional 30-day public comment period so that county and Forest Service may continue to receive input on the project.

The 8-person Base-to-Base Gondola project, which would connect the Squaw Valley ski area to Alpine Meadows, was proposed in April 2015.

Because the project falls within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, it is required to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as California Environmental Quality Act.

So, an environmental impact report will be completed to comply with CEQA, and an environmental impact statement will be completed to comply with NEPA.

Drafts of both reports are expected next summer and will be followed by an additional public comment period.

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