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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Continue Backcountry Pilot Program

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Originally announced last year, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are continuing the backcountry access pilot program (in partnership with the USFS), that links the two resorts via a backcountry gate behind the KT-22 Lift. This is welcome news to those of us that like to duck the ropes!

The backcountry access terrain between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Via Squaw Valley:

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, in conjunction with the USFS, are conducting a backcountry access pilot program that permits access to the backcountry terrain between the two resorts as of Monday, January 7, 2013. Once an individual leaves either boundary, he or she is on their own with no services provided. Should rescue become necessary, it is the responsibility of the Placer County Sherriff’s office. Backcountry access from Squaw Valley will be via one gate located approximately 100 yards West of the KT Saddle. From Alpine Meadows, skiers and riders can access the backcountry terrain to Squaw Valley from North Estelle Peak. Those with any questions should direct them to Ski Patrol at the top of KT-22 at Squaw or at the top of Summit Chair at Alpine. The gates may be closed at any time and access to the gates may be precluded by other mountain closures. This pilot program opens the access to the backcountry, thus permitting passage between the two resorts.

Please be aware:

  • Hiking is required with a substantial climb required to enter either resort.
  • Know how to use and carry an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
  • Alpine Tour or Telemark equipment and climbing skins are highly recommended.
  • There is no cell phone coverage in the area between the two resorts.
  • Be advised you are entering United States Forest Service land.
  • The land to the East is private property (please, no trespassing).
  • The land to the West is wilderness (there is no way out).
  • The KT Gate provides access to Alpine Meadows with very limited downhill skiing/riding.
  • Partner up.
  • No rescue beyond this point – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!