What is Mountaineer?
Mountaineer is an on-demand, app-based transit service available to residents and guests of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows that began in winter 2018/19. The service is offered seasonally in the winter and is available at no cost to riders and provides in-valley transportation.
How do I use Mountaineer?
Download the Mountaineer app and use it to call for a ride. One of the 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, use the Squaw Alpine Intervalley Shuttle that the resort operates between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, and TART busses provide service to Truckee, Tahoe City and other North Lake Tahoe destinations.
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?
Six 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 Intervalley 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.
Can I take a Mountaineer vehicle to connect with a TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) bus?
Yes. You can take a Mountaineer shuttle to TART bus stops within Squaw or Alpine, transfer to a TART bus, and ride TART for free. More information about TART.
Why was the winter 2020-21 service cancelled for most of the season?
The SATCo Board's difficult decision to cancel the Mountaineer service for the 2020-21 season on January 5, 2021 was based on ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacts on tourism that were projected to result in significant funding shortfalls. Click this link for more details.
Where did SATCo and Mountaineer come from?
What is SATCo and Mountaineer’s History & Timeline of Key Milestones?
When will Mountaineer operate?
Mountaineer operates in the winter season, typically from mid-December to mid-April. Mountaineer's operating schedule vary from season to season and typically announced in the fall. Click for current operating schedule.
Why was Mountaineer introduced?
Mountaineer was introduced to reduce in-valley trips within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows by providing on-demand and convenient shuttle service at no cost to the rider. The intention is that Mountaineer will eventually integrate into the Tahoe Area Regional Transit system (TART) to make it easy for those interested in traveling outside of the resort community to areas such as Truckee, Tahoe City and other North Lake Tahoe destinations without the need for a car.
How is Mountaineer funded?
The nonprofit Squaw Alpine Transit Company (SATCo) funds the micro mass transit system through the combination of a one percent assessment on lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and a one percent assessment on lift tickets sold on-site by Squaw Valley | 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?
SATCo has contracted with Downtowner LLC to provide the Mountaineer service. They also operate successful shuttle services in Vail / Beaver Creek, Park City, Aspen and other resort communities around the nation.