Squaw Valley, CA

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17 thoughts on “Squaw Valley, CA

  1. Duncan N. March 22, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Where did the pulse run?


    • Jordan Smith March 22, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Between High Camp and Gold Coast.


  2. Carson August 7, 2018 / 10:29 am

    A yan gondola I didn’t know they had one here! I thought only at keystone and the Qmc Tran at June. The one yan double here also from 1968! Would of been cool to see since it was one of the first!


    • Cameron Halmrast August 7, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Yan built a few gondolas, but only one remains which is located at the water park in Denver, Colorado which was relocated from Circus Circus, Las Vegas. The other gondola which was never a real gondola was built at the Yan facility in Carson when Yan was developing its detachable technology.


      • Billy B August 7, 2018 / 8:57 pm

        Peter has some pictures of that last remaining “Yandola” on this site (link below). Although called a gondola, this lift is essentially a jig-back tram with two groups of gondola cabins instead of two tram cabins, much like the new Royal Gorge Gondola in Colorado. Was one of the last Lift Engineering lifts built and was basically a one-off concept with mostly unique parts. A really interesting system with towers built into waterslides, a very large yet classic “yanbox” drive terminal, and much more!



  3. New England Chairlifts And Skiing August 25, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    From what I read, the old Newport Double was sold to a Zipline tour in Namibia. The Mainline Double was sold to another small area around, but it’s yet to be completed.


  4. carson February 4, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    did the pulse lift sell


  5. snowbasinlocal12894 February 4, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Where is the pulse jigback double chairlift with the chairs rotated 90 degrees?


  6. Somebody February 12, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    Just skied Squaw for a week, here is my analysis on what needs change in their lift system:

    Squaw Creek- should be upgraded to HSQ (with bubbles?)
    Red dog- should be upgraded to HSQ or low capacity HSS
    Squaw one- should be run from 9am-10am to get people out of the village during the morning rush
    Emigrant- should be upgraded to HSQ
    Granite Chief- should be upgraded to HSQ
    Olympic Lady/Broken arrow/Belmont- should be run more often or just removed
    Silverado- should be run more

    Rest of the lifts are fine. Obviously California express should be built to link alpine meadows. This could provide as enough backup for KT that Olympic Lady is no longer needed and a KT capacity upgrade isn’t needed.

    While I’m at it, might as well give my opinion on alpine:
    Hot wheels- should be upgraded to HSQ that continues to Sherwood ridge, with a midstation where the lift currently ends. Allow the bottom section to run alone in high winds.
    Scott- should eventually be upgraded to a FGQ
    Alpine bowl- should be upgraded to a triple (or a longer HSQ replacing both it and the yellow chair)

    Finally, Either:
    Alpine bowl- should be extended to Ward Peak
    A new lift should go up on the backside starting near the top of sherwood and terminating on Ward Peak.


  7. Maxwell Uguccioni May 2, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    Why does squaw valley hate footrests? I only see them on Squaw One Express and Silverado.


    • Tommy Boy May 3, 2019 / 7:52 am

      It may have something to do with kids sitting too far forward in an attempt to put skis on the footrests and falling off of chairlifts.Just a theory but it may be the reason if I remember correctly.


    • Donald Reif September 2, 2019 / 9:59 pm

      Headwall used to have them, and the Siberia six-pack had them when first constructed, only to have the footrests cut short to just the handles by opening day.


  8. Joshua October 13, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    when is the new california express going to be built? It has already been approved.


    • Peter Landsman October 13, 2019 / 8:14 pm

      The Forest Service has not issued a final record of decision yet, only a draft. There is also a lawsuit seeking to stop the project.


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