Palisades Tahoe, California

Palisades Tahoe, formerly known as Squaw Alpine, is the crown of Lake Tahoe, located on the western shore of the Lake. Squaw is legendary, home of the world’s first double chair in 1949 and host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The resort is also now called Olympic Valley.

Palisades Tahoe is known for its awesome terrain, views of Lake Tahoe, and interesting lifts like a cable car and a funitel, and the European-style ski village. Now that Squaw also owns and operates neighboring Alpine Meadows – its the biggest in Lake Tahoe – Squaw Alpine!

Palisades debuts an eight-pax gondola that connects the two separate ski areas – Alpine and formerly Squaw – for a total of 6,000 ski-able acres. This monumental Palisades base to base lift travels 2.4 miles in just 16 minutes, which previously required a long shuttle or a car ride.

Palisades Tahoe has something for everyone; a Funitel and Cable Car emanate from the Village to mid-mountain where the tamest terrain is located – ideal for learning families.

Palisades Tahoe is on the IKON Pass, a conglomerate season pass valid at over 40 major ski resorts including Aspen, Boyne resorts, Powdr and Intrawest.

Experts will love dropping into Palisades Tahoe’s chutes, cornices and cliffs (featured in all the best ski films) from summit lifts Headwall, Granite Chief, and the famous KT-22 – named for the twenty-two kick turns it takes to ski the face. Palisades gets serious powder, and hosts a long ski season.

Palisades Tahoe sprawls over 4,000-acres, and there is even night skiing. On the mountain at 8,200-foot High Camp, skiers find an Olympic ice skating rink, heated pool, hot tub and huge lodge with dining and extraordinary views of Lake Tahoe.

The Village at Palisades Tahoe is equally enticing with boutiques, pubs and restaurants, great apres ski  from Irish to sushi.

For prime lodging The Resort at Palisades Tahoe is four diamond and ski in ski out, Olympic Village offers condo lodging, and the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a charming spot within walking distance to the lifts, and a great après ski fireside bar, plus steamy outdoor hot tubs with views of the slopes of Squaw Valley.

Palisades Tahoe has a reciprocal lift ticket with neighboring Alpine Meadows for another 2,400 acres of California skiing and riding and an 8-passenger gondola – The California Express –  that connects the two.

Olympic Valley at Palisades Tahoe Stats:
Six Mountain Peaks
170 trails and 29 lifts – including one aerial tram, and a funitel
3,600 acreage
2,840’ vertical
9,050′ Summit Elevation

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