Proposed development in Squaw Valley threatens everything we love about the Tahoe Sierra – and provides another great opportunity to prove that we can work together to protect the places we love.
Denver-based KSL Capital Partners purchased Squaw Valley in 2010 and Alpine Meadows in 2011, citing the properties’ “great growth potential”. In 2015, they released their final version of a plan to remake the region with development of a size, scale, and scope Tahoe has never seen.
The current proposal seeks permission to build acres of ten-story tall high rises – including an indoor water park – as wide as a Walmart and twice as tall – with water slides, fake rivers, arcades, miniature golf, and indoor skydiving.
It’s a startling effort to swallow up a unique mountain valley and transform the Tahoe experience with a massive and misplaced megaresort.
New buildings would include more than 1,500 bedrooms − as many as three of South Lake Tahoe’s Stateline casinos combined. All told, it would be development of such incredible scale that construction in Squaw Valley would last 25 years.
Related projects – including a new subdivision and a gondola – would reach across the White Wolf property and directly into Alpine Meadows.
Clearly, the negative impacts would spread throughout the region – with more traffic clogging Highway 89, less water flowing in the Truckee River, more light pollution in our night sky, and even diminished clarity in Lake Tahoe.
Sierra Watch believes we deserve better. Just as we’ve proven elsewhere in the Tahoe Sierra, we can work together to come up with a better outcome – a blueprint for responsible development that respects the timeless values of the region and ensures we spend less time bumping elbows in the lift line or staring at brake lights on 89 and more time enjoying the mountains.
We’re putting our experience to work − engaging legal and planning experts, coordinating local volunteers, and handing out thousands of Keep Squaw True bumper stickers.
Hundreds of people are joining us to stand up for Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and our Sierra. Sierra Watch is optimistic that we can focus that shared commitment into and effective, long-term campaign – the mountains deserve no less.