Those folks that just could not wait to get on snow were at Alpine today. Kangaroo opened with pretty good coverage on one run. The rest of the mountain is completely bare. The morning conditions were very firm, but warm temperatures turned the surface to corn in the afternoon. Evidently there was a line in the morning that included people (or their skis lying in wait) at the base station at 6:30. Being the first one on the lift is obviously something of importance. I took a few runs in the afternoon just to fill the locker with all the things one needs for the winter and to test my equipment to make sure it was all in working order. Squaw Valley opened the very beginner area (snow ventures) which includes tubing. Ski season may have started, but there were plenty of cars parked at the base of the Five Lakes Trail indicating people were hiking.
White Wolf Resort at Alpine Meadows. The County of Placer has received an application for approval of a new subdivision along with a number of other proposed improvements to the property on the Alpine Meadows side of KT22. For those of you who are interested in this new proposed project a link to the application is provided below along with a short description. This proposal is for a private resort with 38 homesites and two new chairlifts (one has been sitting in an uncompleted state for years). It is my understanding that skiing this area would be limited to owners and guests of the resort.
The new development would spread from Alpine Meadows Road north towards Squaw Valley and west to the Granite Chief Wilderness Area. Plans include a subdivision of 38 single-family custom home lots, 14 guest units and six employee lodging units; new roads and parking lots; as well as two private ski lifts, equestrian facilities, and tennis courts. If you would like to comment on the project to Placer County please see below.
Written comments are due not later than 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2019 to:
Shirlee Herrington, Environmental Coordination Services
Community Development Resource Agency