What is Mountaineer?
Mountaineer is an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows starting December 1, 2018. This year-round service will be available at no cost to riders and will provide in-valley transportation.
How do I use Mountaineer?
Download the Mountaineer app and use it to call for a ride. One of the eight dog-friendly, 10-person, 4WD sprinter-type vans equipped with ski & snowboard racks will pick you up and deliver you to any destination within the valley.
How much does Mountaineer cost?
The Mountaineer service is free.
Can I take Mountaineer from my house in Squaw to 7-11? To my friend’s house? To Resort at Squaw Creek?
Yes! You can use Mountaineer to get anywhere within Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. For those interested in traveling outside of the resort communities, the Squaw Alpine Express will continue to operate between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and local TART busses will continue to provide service to Truckee and Tahoe City.
Will my ride go directly to my destination? Or will we stop to pick up other people?
The Mountaineer vans fit up to 10 people including the driver. On busier days, expect to ride share with other passengers.
How many vehicles will be in service?
Eight vehicles in total will be in service, each with seating for 10 people including the driver. One vehicle is ADA friendly, and all are dog-friendly.
Can I bring my skis or snowboard?
Yes. Mountaineer vans are equipped with ski & snowboard racks.
Can I take Mountaineer from Alpine to Squaw?
Mountaineer vehicles are specific to each valley. The Squaw Alpine Express shuttle provides free service between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
Is the ADA van specific to Squaw?
No. The ADA van can be summoned from Squaw or Alpine and drop guests off within each of those valleys.
When will Mountaineer operate?
Mountaineer will operate on-demand seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Squaw Valley and Saturdays and Sundays in Alpine Meadows from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. between December 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. (PLEASE NOTE THAT MOUNTAINEER WILL NOT OPERATE WEEKDAYS DURING THE HOLIDAYS IN 2018-19.) Seven dog-friendly 10-person 4WD Sprinter-type vans equipped with ski and snowboard racks, and one ADA vehicle of similar capacity will be used to offer free transportation—from anywhere to anywhere—within the two valleys. The most up-to-date information on hours of operation can always be found on the app.
Why was Mountaineer introduced?
Mountaineer was introduced to reduce in-valley trips within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by providing convenient, year-round shuttle service at no cost to the rider. The intention is that Mountaineer will integrate into the existing Tahoe Area Regional Transit system to make it easy for those interested in traveling outside of the resort community to areas such as Truckee or Tahoe City without the need for a car.
How is Mountaineer funded?
The nonprofit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) will fund the micro mass transit system through the combination of a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, and a one percent assessment on lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
What is Squaw Alpine Transit Company, or SATCo?
SATCo is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows homeowner’s associations, in-valley lodging properties and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort.
Has this resource been used successfully in other mountain communities?
Mountaineer is a subsidiary of the larger micro-mass transit service Downtowner, which has been successfully implemented in other resort communities such as Aspen, Park City and Beaver Creek.