Updated: Squaw Valley Purchases Alpine Meadows
Many sources are reporting that the long-rumored acquisition of Alpine Meadows by Squaw Valley is indeed, at long last, complete. Details are nearly non-existent at this point, and the news has not been confirmed by either party. The news was first reported by Unofficial Networks.
For background, Squaw Valley was a family owned operation until KSL Resorts purchased it last year. This came quickly on the heels of Vail Resorts acquisition of another north Tahoe resort, Northstar.
What does this mean for skiers and riders? Who knows. One big question is how the privately-owned land that separates the two resorts, called White Wolf, will be involved. If they cut a deal with the owner, then the two resorts could be directly linked.
Also, how will season passes be effected? Will they offer a joint pass? We don’t know, but stay tuned and we’ll update as news becomes available…
UPDATE: Squaw Valley has confirmed the deal this morning (Tuesday, Sept 27) via official press release. Here are some of the highlights.
On Season Passes:
The companies also announced an all new dual mountain season pass and six day card. The all new Tahoe Super Pass will be available starting at $439 for adults, with the unrestricted adult pass available for $799, providing unlimited skiing and riding at both resorts for winter 2011-12. Also, the all new Tahoe Super Six is available for $399 for adults and provides six unrestricted days of skiing and riding for the 2011-12 season. Both the Tahoe Super Pass and the Tahoe Super Six are immediately available for sale and additional information can be found at www.squaw.com or by contacting the Squaw Valley Resort & Activity Sales Department at 1-800-403-0206.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows also offer significant added value for all of their existing passholders (Gold, Silver and Bronze passes at Squaw, and Unfiltered, Slightly Filtered and Filtered passes at Alpine Meadows) for winter 2011-12. All of these passes previously purchased at Squaw or Alpine for winter 2011-12 will become valid for skiing and riding at both mountain resorts. Respective day of week and date restrictions will apply for previously purchased season passes. Those who previously purchased both a Squaw and Alpine pass or who have other questions regarding their existing pass can call 1-800-403-0206 or visit www.squaw.com.
On renovations and improvements:
KSL, as part of its acquisition of Squaw Valley, has earmarked $50 million in capital improvements to Squaw Valley over the next three to five years, many of which will be apparent this winter. Customers can also anticipate that Alpine Meadows will see a substantial investment in the guest experience. The closing of the transaction is subject to US Forest Service and the California Tahoe Conservancy approval. JMA will continue to independently own and operate Homewood Mountain Resort.