A massive snow storm has led to a surprising announcement. Palisades Tahoe will be kicking of the 2021 Tahoe ski season by opening this Friday (Oct. 29).
Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows) and Mammoth Mountain will likely be the first California ski resorts to open for the 2021-22 season. This will mark one of the earliest openings in Palisades’ history. It will open almost a month earlier than planned.
“It will only be the third time in 72 years of operation that the resort has opened in October,” Palisades spokesperson Alex Spychalsky said. “We will be able to have the unique experience of hitting the slopes for Halloween weekend.”
Following a huge early-season storm that began Sunday evening and concluded some time Monday morning, nearly 3½ feet of snow was reported at upper elevations of Squaw Valley.
SEE TAHOE SNOW REPORT BELOW.
Palisades Tahoe will operate Fridays through Sundays, weather and conditions permitting, until daily operations start Wednesday, Nov. 24. Early season lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.
AVAILABLE TERRAIN: Skiers and snowboarders will be able to ski the upper mountain on Opening Day, with plans to open the Funitel, Gold Coast Express and Shirley Lake Express.
Grooming will be limited, and more lifts may be added to the schedule as Palisades operations teams continue to assess the mountain following the storm.
TICKET, PASS HOLDER DETAILS: Ikon Pass holders will have the most convenient access to the slopes. Tahoe Super 4 Pack and Midweek 4 Pack are currently available for purchase at their lowest prices of the season.
Day tickets will also be available. For the lowest prices, skiers and riders should buy their tickets online ahead of arrival.
The Village at Palisades Tahoe will have dining and shopping options available among the many locally-owned business in the base area. The Gold Coast Lodge and Olympic House will offer only restroom access.
COVID RESTRICIONS: Palisades Tahoe will follow current CDC and Placer County guidelines for facial coverings. Facial coverings are strongly recommended for everyone in public places, regardless of vaccination status.
At this time, masks are required indoors for unvaccinated guests only. Masks are not required outdoors, in the Funitel or Tram. If or as guidelines change, the policies will be updated.
Visit www.PalisadesTahoe.com for additional information.
TAHOE SNOW REPORT (October 26)
- Mt. Rose: 42 inches
- Squaw Valley: 39 inches
- Sugar Bowl: 36 inches
- Boreal: 36 inches
- Northstar: 36 inches
- Homewood: 36 inches
- Diamond Peak: 30 inches
- Alpine Meadows: 27 inches
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: NA
- Kirkwood: NA
- Soda Springs: NA
- Heavenly: NA
- Tahoe Donner: NA