A key goal of the Village is to make Squaw Valley a much more pedestrian and bike friendly resort much less dependent on vehicular use reducing pollution levels per visitor. By strategically placing lodging, services and recreational offerings and increasing bike and walking trails, we will make it easier to get around without a car. Unfortunately, it is well documented Tahoe’s transit infrastructure has some catching up to do with other mountain towns. See Squaw Valley Ski Resort CEO Andy Wirth’s recent op ed here on a new transportation vision.
Squaw Creek has been channeled and neglected for the last half century. Phase 1 of the Village project will restore the stretch of Squaw Creek along the north reach of the project boundary. Restoration efforts will include enhancing floodplain and wetland functions and values, reducing sediment loading to downstream areas, improving aquatic habitat, and providing an aesthetic creek feature with interpretive and educational opportunities. (see recent event with Friends of Squaw Creek here – provide link)
The Village will heighten the experience of being in a spectacular mountain setting by establishing a network of natural and pedestrian-oriented open spaces that weave through the Village while maximizing views to the surrounding mountainsides, forest and meadow. The plan sets aside acreage to include the Squaw Creek corridor, a vibrant pedestrian network, and generous landscape buffers and corridors that will help bring the forest into the Village. This network serves as the portal to the over 6,000 acres of adjacent recreational lands that surround the Village.
It will be the goal of the project to encourage sustainable building systems, infrastructure, materials and construction techniques in all designs and improvements. Reducing consumption of materials and energy, reducing waste and making intelligent choices about how a building is used benefits both Squaw Valley and the surrounding ecosystem. The Village is committed to the implementation of sustainable concepts which emphasize an integrated systems approach. The project will also propose using water conservation designs such as greywater systems and landscaping irrigation systems that do not use potable water.