As we close out an exciting week of terrain expansion by opening Alpine, adding Resort Chair, and getting top to bottom with Mountain Run, we’re turning our attention to maintaining our offering despite warm temperatures, and we continue to keep snowmaking a high priority. To start this week’s update, let’s take a look at how our snowpack is doing across all elevations at the resort.
It’s here! At 9 o’clock on Friday morning, the lifts will begin spinning at Palisades Tahoe to kick off the 2022-2023 winter season. Thanks to that early November snowfall we received, we are kicking off the year with some upper mountain terrain. The Funitel will give access to Gold Coast at Palisades, and SnoVentures will also be open in the base area. Alpine will open on November 22nd.
Palisades Tahoe is preparing for the construction of the base-to-base gondola connecting the two areas. This is a tremendously complex project, with four terminals spanning two ski areas, and our team will continue to work closely with Leitner-Poma on the planning and construction.
It has been an incredible snowy week at Palisades Tahoe. Mother nature has delivered an incredible 39 inches of snow on our upper mountain in the past 7 days. That’s more than THREE FEET! For the past few blogs, we’ve been saying that we planned to open lower mountain for Opening Day, but that “snow could change our plans.” Well, snow has most definitely changed our plans. Not only will we be opening 4 days early, but we’ll be opening with upper mountain terrain at Palisades.
This week, snow started falling on Tuesday morning in the North Lake Tahoe region. Snowfall remained pretty steady over the next 48 hours, especially on our upper mountains, while Truckee and lakeside towns saw pockets of blue sky between periods of active snowfall. In total, we saw about 13 inches of snow on our upper mountains, and 8 inches in the base areas. The mountains look beautiful coated in white, making us all even more excited about our fast-approaching Opening Day.
If you visited the Alpine Lodge or The Village at Palisades Tahoe at all this summer, you saw how totally under construction this place is. In fact, this is the most construction we’ve ever had in the base areas at one time — even more than when we built The Village! From new chairlifts to upgraded snowmaking systems, we have a LOT to update you on to get you prepped for your Winter 2022-23 ski season.
last weekend of winter operations for the 2021-22 season. We have some weather moving in that could impact lifts on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday and Monday should be clearer days overall. The final day to ski or snowboard will be Monday, May 30th. Resort hours of operations will still be 8am-2:30pm.
After a small but exciting refresh of snow this week, we will be opening again on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for skiing and snowboarding. It will feel like spring out there, so get those boards and skis waxed, and come in costume: This weekend is Rodeo-themed. Our hours are still 9am-4pm, though that could change as soon as next week.