Squaw Opens KT-22 Gate, Nags About O.B. DangersBy Steve Casimiro on January 8th, 2013
Originally announced last year, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are continuing the backcountry pilot program (in partnership with the Forest Service), that links the two resorts via a gate behind KT-22. Squaw, which has been slow to embrace O.B. at best, warned, “Once an individual leaves either boundary, he or she is on their own with no services provided. Should rescue become necessary, it is the responsibility of the Placer County Sheriff’s office.” Its lawyerly precaution is perhaps understandable — despite a knowledgeable crew of locals, Squaw is flooded with hyper-enthusiastic but less-trained tourists and the gate off KT offers quick and easy access. Squaw’s warning says don’t go solo, getting back into either resort requires a serious hoof, and you darn well know how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel. Oh, and there’s zero cell coverage and “the land to the east is private property (please, no trespassing)…the land to the west is wilderness (there is no way out)…No rescue beyond this point – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!” But hey, kids, have fun! Via Sierra Journal.
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