White Wolf - Towers between Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
Dchan - Thanks for the story link.
"Need a lift? Build one" by Mark Vanderhoff in Reno Gazette Journal 1/2/05 http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html...sp7=umbrel la
... When Troy Caldwell installed chairlift towers in November on his property,
... Caldwell is building his own private ski lift on 460 acres he owns between the Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows ski areas.
... hopes to open White Wolf to his friends and family by Christmas 2005.
... he was a member of the U.S. Freestyle Team in the 1970s and was featured in several ski movies.
... Caldwell already owns KT-22 and leases 75 acres of the famous expert mountain back to Squaw Valley USA.
... Caldwell received his permit to build from Placer County in November 2000
... Caldwell has a snow groomer, but the expert terrain features mostly off-piste routes, not groomed ski runs. Many of them, with names like Jungle Jim, Pom-Pom and Popper Proper, have been developed and named by professional skiers shooting films here.
... Caldwell’s permit only allows him to have 25 people on the mountain at one time. Those skiers must be friends and family, not paying clients, and must be trained in avalanche safety and awareness. The skiers will carry avalanche beacons that emit and receive signals to find buried victims, as well as probes and shovels to dig them out.
... Caldwell’s permit prohibits him from using heavy construction machinery on the ground, in deference to the environment. That meant much of the tower construction was done by hand.
... Some of the chairlift equipment come bought or donated from other ski resorts, while the rest are manufactured in the garage beneath his home.
"With legal battles done, private chairlift up and running" by Melissa Siig in Bonanza News Service, 12/3/04 http://tb.us.publicus.com/article/20...73197060881718
... Troy said the legal battle was difficult for him and Sue (Troy's wife), especially since Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, where Sue has worked for 28 years as the Special Tickets manager, was opposed to the chairlift.
... In the end, the Caldwells made certain compromises to satisfy both Bear Creek and the ski area: they could not sell tickets and there was to be no access from the Squaw Valley side.
... Originally, Troy's plan was to trade the 75 acres he owns in Squaw Valley, which includes the top of KT, with Ski Corp for the old Headwall chair lift. When that failed to materialize, Troy decided to build the chairlift himself.
... Starting in January, Troy and two other men - a chairlift engineer from Gardnerville and a welder who used to work for Doppelmayer, the Austrian funitel construction company - began building the 17 towers, cross frames and two terminals in Troy's garage.
... The only other private ski area in the United States is Montana's Yellowstone Club.
... Robert Frohlich, a local ski historian, calls Troy a visionary along the same lines as ski pioneers Alex Cushing and Peter Klaussen.
"He's a throwback to the passionate, maverick mountain dreamers who started both Alpine and Squaw Valley," Frohlich said. "If he wasn't as passionate, he would have sold the land long ago for umpteen million dollars."
"Malfunction Junction" by Chaco Mohler in Skiing Magazine http://www.skiingmag.com/skiing/skii...329047,00.html
... Since 1989, when Troy Caldwell acquired the property from Southern Pacific Railroad
... the railroad execs liked the young couple and decided to cut them a deal: $350,000 ($526,000 today), or $760 an acre. And so, at 30-something, the Caldwells suddenly owned all the land between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts, including the top of Squaw's famous KT-22 peak, which the resort now has to lease from them.
"Skiing: New Whitewolf lift might open for '05-06 season" by Robert Frohlich in Sacramento Bee, 10/27/04 http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports...12145535c.html
... along the upper ridges, eye-popping fall lines - some tremendously steep - punctuate wide-open bowls
... In November 2000, he obtained a conditional-use permit from the Placer County Planning Commission to install a ski chairlift on his land.
... Squaw Valley Ski Corp. founder Alex Cushing even went on record as saying, "One of my biggest disappointments has been not getting an interconnect with Alpine. Now Troy wants to do it, and I want to help him."
... Caldwell's lift travels up an area behind the West Gully ridge, with a vertical drop of 1,123 feet.