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Squaw Valley Ski Resort: From One Chair to a High-Speed Gondola

Squaw Valley Ski Resort is recognized as one of the best world-class ski slopes. The resort, however, had some very humble beginnings. This tiny ski resort began with only chairlift and 2 rope tows. The resort itself only had 50 rooms. This did not stop Alexander Crushing, the president of the Squaw Valley Development Company in the 1950s, from recognizing the great potential that this ski area had. To help reach this dream, Crushing petitioned for an Olympic bid and the resort was chosen in 1955 to be the home of the 1960s Olympics. The resort beat out more famous slopes in countries such as Switzerland and Austria. With help from the United States government and other backers the resort was ready for the Olympics. That was one of the first of many dreams for this tiny resort. 

Throughout the years the resort began to grow in popularity, and it is still considered one of the best ski areas in the country. The newest dream for the resort is to connect it with its neighbor Alpine Meadows. It is in the works to develop a high-speed gondola which will easily connect the two resorts. This gondola connection, in essence, would create one of the largest ski areas in the entire country. 6,000 acres of skiable land would be created with the joining of the two mountains. 

According to Andy Wirth, the CEO of Squaw Valley, this is a dream that has been in the making for over 60 years. He believes that the gondola will create the ultimate ski experience for skiers and snowboards alike. There will be a variety of terrains for their enjoyment that they would not otherwise be able to experience unless they physically moved to the other mountain and stayed at that resort.