High Camp Cable Car – Squaw Valley, CA

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Bottom terminal building and lower section of the line.
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Tram car and tower 1.
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Top terminal building.
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Top dock at High Camp.
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Cabin and tower 2.
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120-passenger cabin, hanger and carriage.
Top station view from Silverado.
Tower 2 and car 2.
Tower 2 and cabin 1.
Cabins pass above tower 1.
Just below tower 1.
Both cabins and both towers.

10 thoughts on “High Camp Cable Car – Squaw Valley, CA

  1. Alex August 9, 2020 / 4:22 pm

    While it is capable of going faster, the tram typically runs at 5 m/s. Very rarely will it go 6 m/s. Part of the reason for this is the potential swing of Tower 1 if it goes too fast.

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  2. skitheeast February 1, 2021 / 10:56 pm

    When they eventually replace this lift in the future, it is a great opportunity for the first 3S gondola in the United States. The profile and capacity certainty warrant it, and the resort has a reputation for bold lifts. This would probably not be for another 5+ years, as Squaw/Alpine have other more pressing large projects including the California Express gondola.

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    • julestheshiba March 3, 2021 / 2:42 pm

      I feel like a 3S would be far too much uphill capacity for the resort. They already have the Funitel and Squaw One which have a combined uphill capacity of 7042p/h capacity. The upper part of the resort would get far too crowded. It would also make mountain run way too crowded. I think the best option would be a tram-like the one in New York City as it would improve summer ops as well.

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      • nvskier May 8, 2021 / 7:56 pm

        A 3S wouldn’t be a good use of that kind of money. It would be much better spent on upgrading Squaw One or simply keeping the Cable Car running as it is. High Camp is the least convenient way for skiers to access the upper mountain so most just ride the Funitel instead. The Cable Car is most popular with sightseers going to the pool or ice rink or just beginners accessing Mountain Meadow. High Camp is pretty isolated and it is difficult to access the popular terrain on the upper mountain without either riding Mountain Meadow or skiing down the very flat and boring section of mountain run to get to the lifts below Gold Coast. A lift with the capacity and cost of a 3S likely wouldn’t be utilized to it’s full potential in this alignment.

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  3. Owen April 11, 2021 / 8:43 am

    Do they really run this thing at almost half speed because of cabin swing? In every video, it looks to be moving so slow. Definitely nowhere near the speed of Jackson Hole’s tram, which has similar speed stats to what peter put in the spreadsheet.

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  4. Ryan May 8, 2021 / 2:17 am

    What’s with the swiss flag at the top?

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    • Michael May 8, 2021 / 7:10 am

      That’s the Norway flag…and I don’t know why it’s there.

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  5. xlr8r May 8, 2021 / 8:25 am

    Did the top terminal ever have a roof. It looks unfinished they way it is now.

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