Palisades Tahoe (formally known as Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows) is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe Region with 43 chairlifts, over 270 trails, and over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains. The resort tends to receive an annual snowfall of 400 inches which usually leads it to have the longest ski and snowboarding season in Lake Tahoe. Palisades Tahoe boasts a rich history including hosting the 1960 Olympic Winter Games helping the Tahoe Region become the renowned winter destination that it is today.
Olympic Valley has 3,600 skiable with 29 chairlifts and 170 + trails. Boosting terrain for every style and level of skier and rider from mountain top beginner slopes to plunging cutes and wide-open bowls.
Start your day in the Village at Palisades with warm welcoming coffee shops and gear outfitters and end it with dynamic bars & restaurants. Enjoy some activities outside of skiing and snowboarding with Aerial Tram Rides, disco tubing and more!
Olympic Valley Details:
Vertical: 2,850 feet
Base Elevation: 6,200 feet
Summit Elevation: 9,050 feet
Average Snowfall: 450 inches
Lifts: 26 lifts
Terrain Parks: 5
Olympic Valley in the Summer
Palisades hosts several amazing summer events. Accomplished yoga teachers and famous musicians visit Squaw Valley every year. Summer at Squaw Valley welcomes a wide array of concerts and beer and wine events including the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest, Peaks and Paws, and Bluesdays.
While only a short drive from all the action at Lake Tahoe, Palisades also offers easy access to the bike path, which follows the Truckee River to Tahoe City for five miles. Rent a bike from Factory Bikes at the entrance to Palisades.
Feeling like you don’t want to leave the valley? Try the Palisades Adventure Center, which has a miniature golf course, climbing wall, and sky-jump bungee trampoline in the village, as well as a ropes course across the street. For one of the area’s most beautiful hikes, walk the Shirley Canyon trail, which takes you past waterfalls and swimming holes all the way to High Camp; you can take the Cable Car down. Or play a round of golf at the Resort at Palisade’s 18-hole championship golf course.
Tucked between Truckee and Tahoe City, Alpine Valley is a picturesque playground for families and off-the-radar thrill-seekers alike. Chalet-style lodges and approachable hospitality mean that the skiing and riding experience always comes first. From easy-riding progression parks to wide-open bowls, Alpine Meadows brings an exciting challenge to any level of skier or snowboarder. And with more than 100 trails spread over 2,400 acres, mountain adventures (and groomed runs) await at every bump, jump, and chairlift.
Alpine Valley Details
Vertical: 1800 feet
Base Elevation: 6,835 feet
Summit Elevation: 8,637 feet
Average Snowfall: 450 inches
Lifts: 13 lifts
Terrain Parks: 3
Alpine Valley in the Summer
There's plenty to keep you busy in the summer at Alpine Meadows. A mellow 5-mile trip down the bike path will follow the Truckee River and take you right into Tahoe City. For another fun summer activity, head to Alpine Meadows Stables to explore Alpine’s beauty on horseback.