Recent opinion piece posted in the October 6th, 2017 Sierra Sun by Ed Heneveld, Friends of Squaw Valley…
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"Based on the current inadequate infrastructure and basin-wide emergency evacuation concerns noted by local law enforcement, hundreds of residents, and environmental groups, the Placer County Board of Supervisors are being irresponsible and making a decision based solely on projected tax revenue."
This is the same Placer County Supervisor Duran that voted to approved the Village at Squaw Valley development.
"I do not think that Squaw Valley is an appropriate location to add a roller coaster. This type of attraction is not at all why people visit Squaw, but rather the reason people visit amusement parks. Amusement parks are loud places where people go for a "carnival" type atmosphere; akin to the casino-type environment of South Lake Tahoe. Olympic Valley, and North Lake Tahoe as a whole have a completely different value and reason for visiting [than South Lake]. Our visitors and residents *enjoy* the quiet and low-key environment which provides a much closer connection to our surrounds and the outdoors. I personally feel that a roller coaster is wholly inappropriate and completely out-of-place in a location like Squaw. Please consider other options as "attractions", such as something that would enhance, and bring us closer to the outdoors and the natural environment, rather than take us further from it." -Anonymous response to FoSV's Timberline Twister Survey
"Constructing a water park and roller coaster in Squaw Valley is like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole. People come to the mountains to get in touch with nature, they aren't seeking an amusement park at 6,200 feet." -JS
Between the approved 90 foot tall indoor Water Park and the proposed "Timberline Twister" Roller Coaster, we are deeply concerned that our community is being transformed into a Theme Park in the Mountains. #DontDisneySquaw
With over 1,000 responses to our survey about the proposed Timberline Twister, almost 76% are opposed. The biggest concerns are: -Not compatible with Squaw's character (79%) -Impact to environment (72%) -Elimination of tree skiing (68%) -Add to traffic and parking problems (60%) -Generate too much noise (56%) We are monitoring the proposal process closely and will keep everyone informed. #DontDisneylandSquaw
Nice work, I'm proud of you T-Town!
Congrats to Truckee for their commitment to eliminating dependence on fossil fuels.
“Most of the ski-area business has already lost its soul. It’s been run by golfers for the past couple of decades. From a purist’s perspective, it’s easy to scoff, but that’s an elitist attitude. The whole industry has become just a business.” -Aaron Brill, owner of Silverton Mountain
In the last 10 years, the average snow level has raised 1,200-1,500 feet. Does it make business sense to build 1,493 bedrooms in Squaw Valley?
If you are interested in the proposed Base to Base Gondola, there will be a presentation on Saturday the 25th at 2 pm in the Funitel Plaza.
In the news, another controversial development that was approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors
"Assessed values and real estate sales in resort villages are depressed, with condo sales rarely reaching the prices buyers paid a decade ago. A steady rotation of entrepreneurs roll through the commercial spaces, few lasting longer than a season or two. Just about all resort village shops are either subsidized or owned and operated by the resort companies, which can backfill slow sales with other revenue to keep storefronts from going dark."
The town of Park City, Utah is also being threatened by over-development and a profit-first mentality
Not a good opening day scenario
A year ago today, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted against a large majority of public comments to approve the biggest development in the history of the Sierra.
Keep Squaw True calls out Ski Magazine and NSAA's decision to give Squaw Valley the Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Stewardship.
"No ski resort, no matter how slick, is going to out-Disney Disney, be more cruiselike than Carnival, more amusing than Universal Studios. It's an odd business maxim that in times of trouble, the companies that do well are those focused on their core competency. Those ski areas that survive will be those who respond to what skiers want." -Hal Clifford, Downhill Slide 2001
Another controversial development that was approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors is headed to court
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the proposed Base to Base Gondola
The Roller Coaster at Park City, Utah
With over 1,000 surveys completed, the overwhelming majority of responses are opposed to the proposed Timberline Twister Roller Coaster. More than 47% of the respondents are full or part time residents. We hope that KSL does indeed "listen to the community" and pulls the proposed theme park attraction.
#TBT to 6 years ago. The struggle between acceptable growth and community desires continues
#TBT to 2 years ago. The situation is more dire and the stakes are even higher now!
Keep Squaw True continues to spread their word