For a long time, the two most iconic resorts in the North Tahoe, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley have had a connection. However, the two have always been separated by distinct cultures and ski passes. That has since changed because in 2011, Squaw purchased Alpine Meadows combining the two into one although one has to drive from one mountain to the other. According to a Powder Magazine publication of April 2015, Squaw Valley Holdings had plans underway to build a gondola that would connect both mountains. The gondola was expected to operate in three parts starting from the bottom where Squaw Valley is located, over to the ridge between the two and to the bottom where Alpine is located.
Speaking when making the announcement, Squaw Alpine Chief Executive Officer Andy Wirth said that connecting the two mountains is a dream that has been held by skiers and those who live around the mountains for decades. He added that the plans to connect the two should not come as a surprise to those that ski along the Tahoe area.
Andy Wirth has for a very long time been involved in making the Squaw Valley ski area one of the best tourist destinations in the world. He is a regular major contributor to the community and environmental service organizations that have a strong emphasis to improve the general living conditions of people in the region. After surviving a major sky-diving accident, Andy Wirth founded a campaign to raise funds for Navy Seal members when they return home from duty.