Jeff Engerbretson/Palisades Tahoe

Jeff Engerbretson/Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort

Formerly Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the newly renamed Palisades Tahoe has come a long way from its humble 1949 beginnings when the resort featured a single chair lift, one rope tow, and a lodge. Today, it’s one of the leading destination resorts the world over, thanks to its range of year-round recreation and premier accommodations. Situated in the heart of Olympic Valley, Palisades Tahoe is best known for its role as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, an event that launched the resort into the international spotlight.

Palisades Tahoe offers skiers and riders access to 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, and 270+ trails across two mountains, all on the same lift ticket or pass.

Palisades Tahoe has 6,000 skiable acres spread across six peaks at 6,200 feet at the base of the former Squaw Valley. The summit peaks at 9,050 feet for a vertical rise of 2,850 feet. The world’s most advanced lift system offers access to 270+ trails, on which skiers and riders will find steep chutes, wide, impeccably groomed boulevards, open glades, and deep powder pockets. The ski area also hosts the only funitel in the United States—a special cableway (different from a gondola lift) that makes for quick and easy access to high altitudes. Extreme riders will also find terrain parks filled with rails, jumps, and half-pipes. Twenty-five percent of the mountain’s trails rank as beginner, 45 percent qualify as intermediate, and 30 percent are designated as advanced, but that’s just the beginning of the experience at Palisades Tahoe.

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Ben Arnst/Palisades Taho

The mountain is known for its endless amenities at the spectacular base Village and at High Camp, which is accessed by the resort’s Aerial Tram. From the swimming lagoon and hot tub to the Olympic Museum and so much more, there’s as much to experience off the slopes as on. Palisades Tahoe offers a fantastic ski school with lessons, clinics and specialty programs, as well as first-rate rental equipment. Palisade Tahoe Kids offers lessons for pint-sized skiers and snowboarders.

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Ben Birk/Palisades Tahoe

As befitting a world-class destination resort, Palisades Tahoe has earned numerous awards and accolades from various websites and publications, including SKI Magazine’s top 30 resorts for 2010 and Freeskier Magazine’s top 10.

2021 Resort Access & Booking Online

Pass holders will continue to have the best and most flexible access to the resort, with no reservations currently required to access the mountain. The resort will manage general visitation by temporarily eliminating the sale of “walk-up” tickets at the window, and tightly controlling the sale of advance purchase tickets, which are expected to be primarily available midweek. Guests who book a ski and ride school lesson or book lodging directly through The Village at Palisades Tahoe will have priority access to tickets. Guests can also expect an increased cadence of communications, particularly on days that may be impacted by inclement weather.

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Ben Arnst/Palisades Tahoe

For the 2020-2021 season, guests should plan their visit in advance. Reservations will be required for ski and ride school lessons, rental and demo equipment this season. To help guests plan ahead and reduce in-person contact, all major products will be available to book in advance online and through the Palisades Tahoe App, including lift tickets, lodging, ski and snowboard school lessons, rental and demo equipment.

Guests can also take advantage of mobile food ordering, currently available at restaurants in The Village at Palisades Tahoe Valley including Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant, Fireside Pizza Company, Coffeebar and Tremigo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. [email protected], Wildflour Baking Company and MOGROG Café at Palisades Tahoe will also be launching online ordering. Palisades Tahoe plans to expand mobile ordering to additional locations across both mountains. Guests can check the Dining & Après page for updates.


For the most up-to-date information on lift tickets and season passes, please contact Palisades Tahoe directly at (530) 452-4331.

Things to Do at Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe is known for its endless amenities at the spectacular base Village and at High Camp, which is accessed by the resort’s Aerial Tram. From the swimming lagoon to the Olympic Museum and beyond, there’s as much to experience off the slopes as on. Palisades Tahoe offers a fantastic ski school with lessons, clinics, and specialty programs, as well as first-rate rental equipment. Palisades Tahoe offers lessons for pint-sized skiers and snowboarders.

Only 30 minutes from Incline Village and North Lake Tahoe, Palisades Tahoe is conveniently located so you can explore the surrounding areas after you get off the mountain, too.