The ski season is fast-approaching in Lake Tahoe, which means the area ski resorts are trotting out their new game plans for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
At Palisades Tahoe, the ski season is less than 10 weeks away from the scheduled opening (weather and conditions permitting) of Nov. 22. Mt. Rose has the earliest scheduled opening of Tahoe-area resorts, running its lifts tentatively on Nov. 9.
If the opening-day projections stand, there will be seven Tahoe ski resorts open for Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 24-28).
TAHOE SKI RESORTS – TENTATIVE OPENINGS
- Mt. Rose: Nov. 9
- Northstar California: Nov. 17
- Heavenly: Nov. 17
- Boreal: Nov. 17
- Palisades Tahoe: Nov. 22
- Sugar Bowl: Nov. 24
- Soda Springs: Nov. 24
- Kirkwood: Dec. 1
- Diamond Peak: Dec. 7
- Granlibakken: Dec. 15
- Sierra-at-Tahoe: TBA
- Homewood: TBA
- Tahoe Donner: TBA
Palisades Tahoe had the most snow last season among Tahoe ski resorts, getting a staggering 723 inches. It also had the longest season with a closing date on Fourth of July.
Last season was an incredible one for snow totals – new season snow totals were established at several Tahoe ski resorts. There were multiple days where the snow was coming down so hard that no Tahoe ski resorts were able to open that day.
Palisades Tahoe recently announced multiple updates and enhancements for the upcoming 2023/24 winter season. Below are some of the additions.
EVENTS: The Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup is back for a second year as a stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour. The event returns Feb. 23-25, 2024. In addition to the Giant Slalom and Slalom races, there will be a youth parade, bib draw, and live music along with other festivities throughout the weekend.
FUNITEL ROPE: After 25 years of operation, the resort has replaced the Funitel Haul Rope with a new galvanized rope that spans almost seven miles.
The upgrade follows last year’s additions of the Base to Base Gondola that connects Palisades Tahoe to the Alpine side, and making the Red Dog lift a high-speed six-pack.
EMPLOYEE HOUSING: Palisades Tahoe acquired two properties – Tahoe Vistana Inn in Tahoe Vista and a multi-unit property in Kings Beach – to provide housing options for team members. The resort is actively working to ease housing challenges in a competitive market.
PALISADES TAHOE AP: The AP will have an all-new user experience that is designed to enhance the on-mountain experience. The “Palisades Today” dashboard will give users a glimpse into that day’s events, deals, and offerings to make the most of their resort experience.
NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE: The mid-Mountain Gold Coast Lodge is getting a multi-million dollar makeover to improve the guest experience and create several new dining options.
The Gold Coast Food Hall will be revamped with an expanded menu at Funi’s and Marketplace, an increase in variety within the ARC, and the reopening of 39⁰ North showcasing Asian Fusion Cuisine.
TRANSPORTATION: Mountaineer, the service that offers free, on-demand winter transportation in Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, will expand its operating schedule for the 2023-24 winter season.
Daily service in Olympic Valley and between the two valleys will be extended by 30 minutes until 11 p.m. An additional day and another hour of service at Alpine Meadows has been added to offer five days a week (Thursday-Monday) service until 6 p.m.
These service expansions give residents and visitors more flexibility and opportunities to get around the resort without their personal vehicle.