18 August 2013
31 May 2013
by Treas Manning
Ski racing and the school system have been at odds for as long as most can remember. The schools have an obligation to deliver quality education for all students, making it difficult to accommodate ski training and the race circuit by manipulating class schedules. In defense of North Lake Tahoe High School they have in recent years developed an independent study forum allowing ski racers academic flexibly to coincide with training and competition. Fact is, the majority of athletes in the program are honor students, the claim can be made that the program is working.
Parents in many communities in our state are generally not happy with teacher-student ratios and the lack of outside the box thinking with project study and solution groups. Many of these parents are turning to charter schools with smaller class size, more educational field trips, and specialized guest instructors. The charter school phenominum is not an urban issue, it is happening right here in our community. Several years ago a group of parents started the Creekside Cooperative Charter School with grades k-7. The school has been met with rave reviews.
The original plan for Creekside was to expand the grade levels as those first year students approach the 8th grade. That time is here and now and just in the nick of time, private investors have come along with an expansion plan and the payload to actually bring the plan to fruition.
THE PLAN: build a middle school campus in Squaw Valley with grades 7-10. The school will focus on education with a goal of 80% student continuance to the finest universities in the country. Within 2 years the school will expand again, adding grades 11 and 12. How soon will all this happen; soon, as in this August. The Squaw Valley Preparatory Charter has been loaned a site by Squaw Valley Ski Corporation to construct a Sprung building to house the school until a permanent site can be acquired. Read the rest of this entry »
17 January 2013
by Melissa Siig
Squaw Valley Village, Calif.,’s new expansion project, which covers 100 acres adjacent to the existing village, would quadruple the number of residential and tourist accommodation units at the ski area’s base. The expansion is part of a long-term overhaul Squaw’s new owner, KSL Capital Partners, have dubbed “The Renaissance,” which also includes some $70 million in improvements to both Squaw and neighboring Alpine Meadows by 2016.
The new village, which is to be built over 12 to 15 years in four phases, calls for 1,300 condominium and hotel units, 29,000 square feet of commercial space and restaurants, and a 132,000-square-foot Mountain Adventure and Aquatic Center. The center would house water slides, a lazy river, a surfing simulator, a ropes course, a zip line, rock climbing, and an arcade. Plans for a bobsled-like coaster called the Timberline Twister, although not part of the village project, are also in the works.
The project has some local residents concerned. “The character of Squaw would change tremendously if this is built, it would be a completely different place,” said Judy Carini, a 37-year Squaw Valley resident. “We would have traffic all the time.”
The proposed expansion plan would be built over the next 12 to 15 years.
So concerned are Carini and other Squaw homeowners about the project that they recently formed the Friends of Squaw Valley, whose mission is to advocate for “environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and aesthetically compatible development in Squaw Valley while preserving its community character.” Members of the group announced its formation at a packed community meeting last Thursday where the project was being discussed.
Some residents are worried about Squaw’s plans to do away with the members’ locker room and alter day skier parking. “I am really worried they are changing this to a Disneyland resort with nothing for the locals,” said Ed Heneveld, a doctor who has lived in Squaw Valley for more than 30 years.
Squaw says its goal is to transition away from day skiers to destination skiers, which resort officials say is necessary to reduce traffic. “Almost every skier experience involves a car; everyone comes in the morning and leaves in the afternoon,” said Chevis Hosea, vice president of development for Squaw Valley Real Estate LLC, which is owned by KSL Capital Partners, Squaw’s owner since 2010. “This will smooth traffic flows.”
Squaw also hopes the project will turn the ski area into a year-round destination resort, which they say will make the village — which has struggled in the summer months — into an economically viable one.