SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. -- The results of years of planning finally
are being seen here as one of Lake Tahoe's premier ski resorts gets
ready to open the first part of a pedestrian village at the base of
the ski slopes. The first phase of the project, consisting of
condominiums, restaurants and shops, is slated to open during this
Bookings are being taken now for the condominiums, which are
expected to be available starting in February, and stays will be
commissionable to agents. "Travel agents in one phone call can book
lodging, rental cars, lift tickets and receive a 10% commission,"
said a spokeswoman for Squaw Valley.
The pedestrian village -- built by Intrawest, the developer of
Whistler and other popular ski resort villages -- is part of Squaw
Valley's plan to become a four-season recreation destination and
provide visitors with little reason to venture beyond the resort
for dining and entertainment.
"Since 1988, I have been promising a true four-season alpine
village at the base of the mountain, and I always try to keep my
promises," said Alex Cushing, founder and chairman of Squaw Valley
Ski Corp., in a company statement. The 13-acre village is being
built in four phases at a cost of $250 million. It has been in the
planning stages for 13 years and under construction for the last 18
The phase soon to be completed includes three buildings that
encompass 139 condominiums, 19 shops and restaurants and 250
underground parking spaces. The condominiums have been sold to
individual owners, who then choose whether to add them to the pool
of units offered as lodging through Squaw Valley central
reservations, according to the spokeswoman.
The second phase of the project is under construction and
expected to be completed in time for the 2002-2003 winter season.
It will include another 155 condominiums and more shops,
restaurants and parking. When fully built, in five to seven years,
the project will feature a total of 640 lodging units and 80 shops
The spokeswoman said the concept is similar to Whistler and
other recently developed resort villages that attempt to create a
European-style mountain atmosphere, but "it will be smaller and
more intimate [than Whistler]." Another project, to be finished by
the end of December, constitutes upgrades to Squaw Valley's current
facilities to match the look of the new base village. To contact
Squaw Valley reservations, which represents 50 properties in the
area, call (800) 545-4350.