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Opinion: Squaw gondola project bodes well for community’s future

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Visit bit.ly/1PfZxRR to learn more about the proposed Base to Base Gondola project, by way of Placer County.

At the June 2 Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council presentation regarding the proposed Base to Base Gondola project to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts, Sierra Watch Executive Director Tom Mooers made the comment that the Sierra crest is no place for the B2B Gondola.

Please look around, Mr. Mooers. From Ward Peak in the south to Granite Chief in the north, Squaw|Alpine ridgelines are home to chairlifts. The argument that they should not be is over 50 years too late and can no longer be had with the likes of Wayne Poulsen, Alex Cushing and John Reily, who pioneered California skiing.

The slopes of KT-22 and Squaw Peak have been the sites of the women’s and men’s downhill courses of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. And the Palisades have challenged the extreme skiing skills of many world-class athletes, including Scot Schmidt and Shane McConkey.

Squaw|Alpine is a world-renowned ski resort, not a wilderness area. And connecting the two adjacent valleys and their surrounding peaks is a vision long-held by many.

Yet, Sierra Watch persists in obstructing investments that bode well for the future prosperity of our resort community, and Mr. Mooers is apparently intent on preserving a parking lot that surrounds an incomplete Village at Squaw Valley.

Are there no green space developments in the Sierra more deserving of your concern and attention?

Keith Fountain

Olympic Valley

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