POW Parking will cut carbon at Squaw, Alpine ski resorts

Squaw Village

People who choose to carpool to Squaw Valley will be rewarded with premium carpool spots. Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley

There are still six weeks left of spring skiing at Lake Tahoe resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, giving California and Nevada skiers and snowboarders ample time to take advantage of a new carpool program.

The resort partnered with non-profit Protect Our Winters for the POW parking program, which has set aside more than 200 combined parking spaces at both resorts for people who carpool with four or more people.

“As we all know, transportation is an ever-present issue for the Tahoe community, but also for the planet,” Executive Director of Protect Our Winters Chris Steinkamp told TRANSWORLD BUSINESS. “Carpooling is one simple and effective way to reduce our impacts and now, carpoolers will be rewarded for changing their habits.”

Squaw Valley

The parking spots at Squaw Valley will be near The Village. The 100 spots at Alpine Meadows will be near the base lodge. Photo: Courtesy of Squaw Valley

The parking spots are in a premium location, close to each resort’s lodges.

The spots will be regulated by staff on the weekends and self-regulated on weekdays.

Resort officials studied the effects an increase in carpooling could have and if 20 percent of pass holders carpooled with four people instead of two, 85,293 gallons of gasoline would be saved.

Earlier this year, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows became the first resorts to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.

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