OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Looking down at the newest miniature representation of Squaw Valley’s proposed expansion, one can see the village at build-out nestled in the valley, surrounded by tree-covered mountains.
“The new model is a ... resort context model to demonstrate the relationship of the proposed 100-acre village expansion to the entire 6,000-acre Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows resort,” said Chevis Hosea, vice president of development for Squaw Valley. “It also validates the vertical relationship of existing and proposed village buildings to the surrounding mountains.”
The model, unveiled Aug. 20, also depicts Squaw and Alpine Meadows ski trails and lifts, existing and future structures, and the Sierra’s natural landscape.
Built to scale, one inch in this 19-foot by 22-foot model represents 130 feet. The old 10-foot by 11-foot model, in which one inch represents 30 feet, remains on display.
“(It’s) to communicate a comprehensive view — macro and micro — of the proposed village expansion and the relationship to the mountains and existing development,” Hosea said, explaining the reason for displaying both models.
Cited concerns of the proposed 101.5-acre village expansion center on its size and scope in relation to the valley. The proposal outlines the addition of 1,093 lodging units, 47,000 square feet in commercial space and new amenities to be built out in four phases over 12 to 15 years.
“The village expansion is not as large or visually impactful as many think, and when compared to the vast ski areas that it supports, it is actually quite small in scale,” said Hosea, when asked what he hopes people take away from the new model.
A draft Environmental Impact Report is being prepared on the project and is expected to be published this winter. A final EIR is expected to be published in summer 2014, with Placer County hearings expected in fall 2014.
Both models can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at Base Camp, the information base for the village project, located next to Wanderlust Yoga Studio on First Street in the village.
Appointments to view the models can also be made by phone at 530-452-7299 or email at email@example.com.