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Palisades Tahoe, California

Palisades Tahoe
Connery Lundin drops Granite Peak, Palisades Tahoe (Photo: Jeff Engerbretson)

You haven’t skied Tahoe until you’ve skied Palisades Tahoe. Iconic terrain that’s the stuff of written legend—literally. (Robb Gaffney’s Squallywood, seriously.) Enough terrain to satisfy everyone in the group, especially since the addition of Alpine Meadows in 2011. And the cute, compact village serves up all the vacation must-haves: sushi joint Suko Yama, Rocker Restaurant for cold brews and good company, Uncorked for the oenophiles.

But can we get back to the terrain for a minute? It’s legit, from the steeply pitched vert off KT-22 to the hike-to terrain from the Headwall chair, experts can perfect their craft here. And we haven’t even scratched the surface on the Alpine side. That’s right. Drop into the Pacific Crest Bowls, where a short hike brings you to some of Tahoe’s best—and most undiscovered—wide-open bowls that funnel down into some seriously gnarly chutes and cliffs.

So what about the rest of us? When the storm clouds part and the Cali sun shines through, Palisades Tahoe offers some of the best family skiing around. Dip into the blue glades off Shirley, lean into your carve on Big Blue’s groomers. Or just grab a fresh-baked cookie at Wildflour. No one will judge. – Sam Berman

Resort Guide 2022—Palisades Tahoe, Calif.

Palisades Tahoe Mountain Stats

Annual Snowfall Acres Lifts Trails
450″ 6,000 42 270+

Palisades Tahoe Pass Info

Palisades Tahoe is on the Ikon Pass. Pass holders get unlimited access to the resort. Ikon Base Pass holders get unlimited, blackout-restricted access.

Trip Planning

From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Palisades Tahoe, Calif.

Bragging Rights

Don’t miss Tower 16, off Broken Arrow. This steep, south-facing pitch holds some of the most reliably good snow on the mountain.

On-Hill Restaurant

At the base of Alpine Meadows’ Subway Chair, order a doner kebab or goulash from the takeout window at Mogrog Café and grab a seat outside. Or, new for this winter, pick up a take-home fondue or raclette kit.

Down-Day Activity

Ice skating at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park comes with views of Lake Tahoe and cheap skate rentals. And there’s an order-at-the-window bar.

Family Trail

Ride the scenic tram to High Camp and let the kiddos learn to ski atop the mountain with views of Lake Tahoe on runs like Mountain Meadow or Bailey’s Beach.

Local Tip

Use the resort’s Mountaineer app to request a free shuttle from your door to the hill. Savvy locals also use the shuttle for a ride back to the lifts when skiing the out-of-bounds Munchkins area at Alpine.

Challenge

You know the classic lines— North Bowl, The Slot, anything off KT-22. Now check out Alpine’s back bowls.

Après Spot

Add Le Chamois, The Last Chair, Rocker, and The Dubliner to your bar crawl.

Palisades Tahoe Website

If You Build It, They Will Come

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is positioning itself to become the next mega-resort and year-round adventure hub with potential for nearly endless shredding.

Military to the Mountain

The High Fives Foundation and Adaptive Training Foundation team up to help wounded war veterans get out on the slopes.