This report was written by Claire Weiss.
Home, Sweet Home! It’s been a while since our last report, as we have been waiting for more snow to fall at Tahoe ski resorts.
Last season spoiled us with 600 inches of snow. We hadn’t seen much snowfall at Tahoe until last night when the first significant winter storm rolled into Lake Tahoe.
The mountains got 10-15 inches of snow overnight, but the open terrain is still limited.
There are currently four lifts spinning at Alpine, with four trails open for skiing.
We came in early in the morning as we didn’t want to miss the fresh tracks. There was plenty of parking even next to the lodge. The mountain greeted us with a blue sky and a few inches of new snow at the base area.
The fresh snow was affected by the strong wind raging on the mountains last night with gusts over 100 mph, but it was still so good to cruise through the natural snow! If you’d like to ski or shred off-piste areas, be careful, as the base is not deep enough.
The trails from TLC were perfectly groomed and skied nicely with good grip. We didn’t find any icy spots and enjoyed carving the almost empty slopes.
The weaker storm system is currently rolling through the mountains, and we can expect a couple more inches of new snow by tomorrow morning. Come early Friday for fresh turns!
We noticed snowmaking activity in the Roundhouse area, so hopefully new terrain will open up soon.
Thank you so much to the Mountain Operations teams for an amazing job of opening and maintaining Palisades Tahoe’s skiable terrain!
Here are a few tips for skiing this weekend:
Come early to beat the crowd, and don’t forget that parking reservations are required for the weekend.
Check the Palisades Tahoe app for the lifts and terrain status.
Given that no new storms are forecasted for next week, all the trails will be most likely groomed. Keep in mind that for the Palisades side the trails from Red Dog and Resort Chair are facing north, so they don’t get much sun in the morning. And if they groomed overnight, they might be firm.
On weekends the slopes can be crowded, so please be careful around your fellow skiers or snowboarders, especially young kids. And it never hurts to brush up the skier code (https://safety.skicalifornia.org/)
Have fun skiing one of the best mountains in Tahoe!