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Palisades Tahoe Moves Up Opening Day to Friday, October 29

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Written by sierrarecmagazine

After receiving more than three feet of snow, the resort will spin the lifts nearly a month earlier than scheduled

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Oct. 26, 2021— Following a massive early-season storm that delivered 10.5 inches of precipitation in just 24 hours—and dropped three and a half feet of snow at upper elevations— Palisades Tahoe will open almost a month earlier than planned, on Friday, Oct. 29. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline staff and operations crews, skiers and riders in the Tahoe area will be able to have the unique experience of hitting the slopes for Halloween weekend.

This will mark one of the earliest openings in the resort’s history; this will be only the third time in 72 years of operation that the resort has opened in October. The last time we were able to open in October with comparable terrain was 2004. Palisades Tahoe will operate Fridays through Sundays, weather and conditions permitting, until daily operations start on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Early season lifts will spin from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.


Guests 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 our operations teams continue to assess the mountain following this storm.

Ikon Pass holders have the most convenient access to the slopes, and 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 purchase; guests should buy their tickets online ahead of arrival for the lowest prices.

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.

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 or in the Funitel or Tram. If or as guidelines change, our policies will be updated.

About Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, boasting 6,000 skiable acres across eight peaks. The more than 70-year-old resort celebrates a rich history as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Spring Skiing Capital, and home mountain to dozens of Olympic and World Cup athletes across multiple snow sports. With an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, Palisades Tahoe frequently operates the longest ski and snowboard season in Lake Tahoe. The European-inspired Village at Palisades Tahoe offers year-round events and over 50 bars, restaurants, and boutiques, many of which are locally owned and operated. Palisades Tahoe is on the Ikon Pass, which offers access to 47 international ski destinations. In 2021 the resort changed its name, trading in a harmful slur for a name that better reflects its values and legacy. Visit the Palisades Tahoe website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit us on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and Vimeo.

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