Pictured: Scale Model of Proposed Development

Not Enough Water For A Waterpark

Contact: Tom Mooers (530) 265-2849 x200  October 25, 2023 NOT ENOUGH WATER FOR A WATERPARK There are a lot of reasons why Alterra Mountain Company’s proposed development in Olympic Valley would be bad news for Tahoe. It would add too many cars to our existing traffic mess, pollute Lake Tahoe, make our workforce housing crisis […]

Pictured: Olympic Valley under smoky skies September 7 2022

SF Chronicle: Famed Tahoe skiing psychiatrist and author Robb Gaffney dies at 52

Famed Tahoe skiing psychiatrist and author Robb Gaffney dies at 52 Last week we gathered in the heart of Olympic Valley to celebrate the life of Robb Gaffney. Whether on the mountain or in a meeting of the Sierra Watch Board of Directors, as a doctor, and as a dad, Robb was a real-life hero […]

Pictured: 2,686 comment letters

Release: Sierra Watch Report on Palisades Tahoe Public Comments: 99% Oppose Alterra Proposal

Contact: Tom Mooers (530) 265-2849 x200  May 4, 2023 PUBLIC COMMENTS ON TAHOE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT REVEAL OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION Olympic Valley, Calif. –According to a new report released today, thousands of comment letters reveal overwhelming opposition to proposed development in Tahoe’s Olympic Valley.  The letters were written by community groups, regulatory agencies, and – most of […]

Snow Fest 2023 Details

This is a picture from Snow Fest 2017! This year’s Details Where:  Meet at the Lake Tahoe Elementary School parking lot at 375 Grove Street, Tahoe City, CA 96145. The parade runs from Lake Tahoe Elementary to the light at Hwy 89   When:  Meet at 10:30am on Saturday March 4th The parade starts at […]

Pictured: Scale Model of Proposed Development

Release: Failed Olympic Valley Development Back to Threaten Tahoe Again

Contact: Tom Mooers (530) 265-2849 x200  December 1, 2022 FAILED OLYMPIC VALLEY DEVELOPMENT BACK TO THREATEN TAHOE AGAIN Olympic Valley, Calif. – Placer County released a revised environmental assessment for massive development at Palisades Tahoe, formerly Squaw Valley, yesterday. The announcement makes official what had been looming over Tahoe for months: resort owners Alterra Mountain […]

Tahoe's Olympic Valley

Release: Placer County Rescinds All Approvals For Massive Development In Tahoe’s Olympic Valley

Contact: Tom Mooers (530) 265-2849 x200  November 8, 2022 PLACER COUNTY RESCINDS ALL APPROVALS FOR MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN TAHOE’S OLYMPIC VALLEY Olympic Valley, Calif. – The Placer County Board of Supervisors rescinded its approval of a massive development proposed for Tahoe’s Olympic Valley at a public hearing today. The vote was unanimous, and the action […]

Pictured: Olympic Valley under smoky skies September 7 2022

Meet the New Waterpark. Same as the Old Waterpark?

At two meetings under smoky skies in Tahoe’s Olympic Valley last week, Alterra Mountain Company gave a brief update on its proposed development; Placer County counsel described their legal obligations in the aftermath of Sierra Watch’s court victory; and planners laid out the steps in the upcoming public planning process. The project and the process […]


      Tahoe City, Calif. − Sierra Watch seeks a passionate conservation advocate to recruit and mobilize public support for our work to keep Tahoe Truckee True. Founded in 2001, Sierra Watch has built a remarkable record in Sierra conservation, spearheading the long-term effort to protect Tahoe’s Martis Valley, playing the lead role in […]

Tahoe’s Olympic Valley

Release: Tahoe Conservationists Secure Final Judgment Over Olympic Valley Development

Contact: Tom Mooers (530) 265-2849 x200  August 2, 2022 TAHOE CONSERVATIONISTS SECURE FINAL JUDGMENT OVER OLYMPIC VALLEY DEVELOPMENT Olympic Valley, Calif. – A California court last week issued its Final Judgment in the long-running fight against massive development in Tahoe’s Olympic Valley.  The court ordered all approvals of the project be rescinded, closing out a […]

Tahoe Development Update: Final Judgment in Martis Valley West

Wednesday we received the final Writ and Judgment in our case against Martis Valley West, directing the rescission of all approvals for the North Tahoe development proposal and effectively closing this chapter in our ongoing commitment to Save Martis Valley. The Martis Valley West project proposed 760 new gated units in a “very high” fire […]