A men’s World Cup ski event will be coming to Palisades Tahoe next ski season.
The International Ski Federation recently announced that Palisades Tahoe will host a FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men’s event Feb. 25-26, 2023. The Lake Tahoe ski resort is among four U.S. resorts on the international tour schedule next season, which is the most stateside events in 26 years.
Formerly Squaw Valley, Palisades Tahoe has a long history of ski racing prowess, beginning in 1960 with the Winter Olympics, and continuing through today. The resort last hosted an alpine World Cup event in 2017, and hasn’t hosted a men’s event since 1969.
Palisades Tahoe is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, boasting 6,000 skiable acres across eight peaks. With an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, Palisades frequently operates the longest ski and snowboard season in Lake Tahoe. The 2021-22 ski season just ended on Memorial Day.
In 2021, the resort changed its previous Squaw Valley name, trading in a harmful slur for one that better reflects its values and legacy.
Next year, its world-wide legacy will continue when Palisades hosts a weekend of men’s giant slalom and slalom events. The races will be held on the main trail off the Red Dog chairlift, making for a steep race course with much of the action visible from the base area – a prime location for spectators.
This was the same trail used in 2017 for the women’s alpine world cup races that Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin described it as one of, if not the toughest venue on the women’s circuit.
“Palisades Tahoe looks forward to continuing its tradition of hosting the greatest international winter events and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome the international ski community back to our resort,” said Dee Byrne, president and COO of Palisades Tahoe. “The excitement that the World Cup brought to Tahoe in 2017 was palpable.”
PALISADES WELL REPRESENTED ON NATIONAL TEAM: For the 2022-23 season, Team Palisades will be represented by team veterans Travis Ganong, Bryce Bennett, Keely Cashman, AJ Hurt, Nina O’Brien, Alix Wilkinson and newcomer Erik Arvidsson, amounting to 17 percent of the team hailing from Palisades Tahoe.
“We are so proud to see so many of our athletes receiving this amazing honor; to represent their home country on the national team,” said Bill Hudson, director of Skier Services at Palisades Tahoe. “We’ve watched these skiers grow up on our slopes and in our ski team program since they were children. we look forward to now cheering them on as they compete across the globe on the World Cup circuit to be the very best.”