LAKE TAHOE (KCBS) — A proposal to build a roller coaster-style ride on a hillside at Squaw Valley has ignited a controversy in Lake Tahoe.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the ride dubbed “Timberline Twister” would race downhill through a forest overlooking a sprawling indoor water park in a hotel and entertainment complex in Squaw Valley that was approved last year.

Similar so-called “gravity rides” have been built at dozens of other resorts in the United States and Canada, including one called Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster at Heavenly Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.

Conservationists and many Lake Tahoe residents complain the proposed roller coaster is an example of what they call crass Las Vegas-style commercialism that threatens the laid-back ambiance of Lake Tahoe.

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Comments (3)
  1. Rich Wang says:

    This is the type of tone deaf commercialization that ruined south lake. It would most definitely subtract from the value of my visits. I go to the mountain to escape the riffraff of “passive entertainment” and explore the solitude of wilderness through active living. That is the fundamental value proposition of Lake Tahoe.

    I can hear the business case now: “the climate is warming, the snow line is rising, the business must pivot!”, but you would be destroying the brand value of Tahoe with this gaudy machination. Tahoe must maintain its position as a premier destination for skiers, cyclists, hikers, and other active lifestyles. You will rue the day you trade these customers off with amusement park gawkers…

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