Last weekend, against all odds, the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup (a stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour) took place in Olympic Valley. It was a nail-biter as record-breaking snow pummeled the region. Like magic, there was a 36-hour break in extreme winter weather in which the race was able to occur. The break in the weather wasn’t the only thing that made this event possible, though. The real story here is the incredible work of our operations teams, who were on the hill around-the-clock slipping and clearing the racecourse until the final moments before the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup kicked off. Let’s look back at their heroic work, as well as the weekend’s events.
The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) gave the go-ahead for The Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup to host the Giant Slalom and Slalom scheduled for February 24th-26th. As with every stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, each mountain must pass “snow control” ahead of the races to ensure course quality for the racers. Palisades Tahoe has received 395 inches of snowfall this season and groomers and racecourse planners have been working on the closed course since February 10th.
The Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup, a stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour, will be at Palisades Tahoe from February 24th – 26th. This is an exciting major event to host at our mountain, and the course is currently being built on Red Dog. So much goes into building a race course — this is NOT just a run-of-the-mill grooming task. You should expect closures on both Red Dog and Exhibition throughout the week.
The Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup, a stop on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour, will be at Palisades Tahoe from February 24th to February 26th. This is also Presidents Weekend and the tail end of local Ski Skate Week, so expect this to be a busy but exciting time. To help you prepare for a weekend like this and have a seamless visit, we’ve compiled this guide for how to visit Palisades Tahoe on the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup weekend. By following the tips in this blog, you’ll have an easier time, and you’ll also make it easier on others who want to watch the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup and go skiing, too.
This is the home mountain of Olympians, world champions, and the stars of some of your favorite ski movies. That doesn’t just happen by coincidence. There’s a measurable impact that these mountains have in the ski and snowboard community. It’s widely recognized as a badge of honor to call yourself a Palisades Tahoe skier or rider. It’s a proud, but humble claim. Because if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. This is where skiers are made.