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Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Pat’s Peak Aid Environmental Causes

Craney Pond To Pats Peak

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif. and Pats Peak, N.H. may be about 3,000 miles apart by geography, but they are connected by their responses to environmental causes.


Squaw Valley, its sister resort Alpine Meadows, the Tahoe Fund, and the Truckee River Watershed Council and other businesses have helped launch “Green Bucks.” It’s a dollar donation program “designed to harness the passion of visitors and residents in order to help care for the region’s extraordinary environment.” 


Dollar donations will be collected on room nights, season passes, lift tickets, golf rounds, and other items. 


Squaw Valley President and CEO Andy Wirth said the company has already made two $25,000 contributions to the Tahoe Fund and Truckee River Watershed Council and “we are now asking guests to contribute one dollar on the purchase of lodging reservations or a season pass via the new Green Bucks program.”


Green Bucks will support hiking, biking, and ADA-accessible trails; access for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding; open spaces for wildlife habitat and scenic views; and restoration of rivers, lakes, meadows, wetlands, and forests; protection of fish and wildlife habitat; and more.


Across the country in New Hampshire, Pats Peak has announced a partnership with Piscataquog Land Conservancy (PLC) to protect shoreline and peatlands. The ski area has created a 13-acre conservation easement to permanently protect more than 2,500 feet of Craney’s Pond shoreline and an associated upland buffer.


The easement has been done in concert with the ski area’s “Operation Cascade Basin,” a plan that will add a new triple chairlift and up to six new trails. The resort has also contributed resources to the PLC’s Stewardship Fund to assist with the long-term costs of permanently protecting the conservancy’s 5,300 acres of conserved land.


The PLC, in its partnership with Pats Peak, will maintain a nature trail in the northeastern conservation area, which will be open to the public and have views over Craven Pond.


“This is truly a win-win for all involved,” said Kris Bombeck, Pats Peak general manager. “The ski area is able to expand with a new lift and a ski trail to provide additional options for our skiers/riders, the environment wins with a protected buffer around an important natural resource and our local conservation group increased the acreage under protection. 


Photo: Craney Pond to Pats Peak Ski Area (Pats Peak) 

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