Re "Resort seeks to strike new gold" (Page A1, Jan. 20): Squaw Valley USA President Andy Wirth claims the mountain has been mismanaged for the last 40 years.
Does he mean all the impacts to the local watershed?
How Squaw Creek was channelized to construct the 1960 Olympics parking lot? How in 1998 thousands of cubic yards of mountaintop were blasted off (and left to wash into the creek) to build the Funitel? Or how sections of Squaw Creek run dry in the summer because existing development has depleted the aquifer?
Wirth claims "environmental stewardship" is in his DNA, therefore, massive new development is going to rectify past mistakes. If he cared about Olympic Valley, he would choose restoration over exploitation.
Olympic Valley already has a waterpark. It's called Shirley Canyon, home to beautiful waterfalls, wildflowers, and patches of old growth trees. Decades ago someone wanted to punch a chairlift line in there, but locals stopped those plans.
-- Richard Kientz, Pollock Pines