Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe

Overall Rating

Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe3/515
Palisades Tahoe3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
  • Recommend
    60%
  • Would Revisit
    67%

Palisades Tahoe - Reviews

Palisades Tahoe - Reviews

Disappointed

Dr
24/11/2021
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    November
  • Admin Rating
    1

Disappointed

Dr
24/11/2021
I admit I should have looked harder at the web cams etc., and cancelled my trip. But they claim a 10” base and a quick look says “opens at 9:00 am”. I figured I’d get a couple simple runs up high. But no… base is 0”. It’s bare dirt as far as you can see. Nothing open, not restaurants, not even the tram. Lol, Mammoth only claims 8”, but I actually had fun there a couple days ago.

C’mon, squaw/palisades… you need a BIG, BOLD header on your front page telling folks how it is.

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Darren Wood
31/10/2021
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

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Darren Wood
31/10/2021
Whoever chose the new name should of had the people choose. It sounds like a hotel in Reno. I will never remember it. Why not something simple & appropriate? Olympic Valley or Snow Peaks are much more viable. I’ll always call it Squaw Valley until you change the name again. I understand the need for a change but get real. This one stinks. I drive by every time I visit my daughter in Tahoma. Very sad choice.

Best Terrain in America, Friendly, and yes expensive

Kevin
07/03/2021
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best Terrain in America, Friendly, and yes expensive

Kevin
07/03/2021
Squaw is still my number 1 ski area in the US - unbeatable expert terrain from every lift, epic vistas, old growth trees that tower hundreds of feet in the air, covered by moss. It's beautiful as heck. I agree that upgrading slow and old lifts would improve the intermediate experience especially. I have not experienced terrain closures as others have expressed. If anything, they open shady and scary terrain under any conditions with minimal signage, which is fine by me. The vast majority of locals are super friendly, but yes there are aggressive skiers here, especially on powder days, and it can be quite pricey. That said, you can always get around crowds here, even on weekends. Don't like people? Hike up to Granite, Broken Arrow, or the Palisades. Squaw deserves 5 stars for tree skiing, but most of the entrances to the woods are not obvious. You almost never have to ski Mountain Run if you can avoid it... go down Olympic or Sunnyside or avoid it all by hitting Broken. This place is designed for locals to get around rich Bay Area folks who like to chill with their kids on blue squares, so if you just study the map a little and explore you can have it all.

Great Skiing - Great Terrain - Expensive and crowds

15/12/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Great Skiing - Great Terrain - Expensive and crowds

15/12/2019
Squaw is arguably the home of extreme skiing and has great infrastructure, beautiful views of the lake, and great skiing but comes with massive weekend crowds and big price tags.

Don't believe a word they say

Prawn
10/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Don't believe a word they say

Prawn
10/01/2019
This place has gone downhill since the Alterra folks purchased the resort along with Alpine Meadows next door. The Management clearly has a profits before powder mentality. Terrain closures are widespread for no apparent reason other than to save a buck. Consequently, the skiing suffers. Expect crowded lifts and trails, while you salivate over the terrain you can see; but not ski because it is closed. Management lies constantly about closures, snowfall totals(sorry Squaw, you do not receive more snowfall than Kirkwood and Sugar Bowl despite your inflated snowfall reports. I have skied Tahoe my entire life. I know what I am talking about), conditions etc. Don't believe a word they say. Also, Traffic is nightmarish getting in and out of Squaw. Parking is poor too. A significant portion of the parking lot was taken to build their village. Expect to drive an hour from nearby Truckee or Tahoe City and park a loooong way from the lifts. As of 2017-2018 there was no public transportation in and out of Squaw. Your visit to Tahoe will be better if you avoid this place. Sugar Bowl, Mount Rose, Heavenly and Kirkwood all have better skiing than Squaw these days. Would love management to come to their senses and improve things. That doesn't seem to be in the cards. I am enjoying my Epic Pass, with the occasional day at Sugar Bowl just fine.

Going Downhill Fast

Prawn
27/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Going Downhill Fast

Prawn
27/11/2018
I have had a love hate relationship with this mountain my entire life. I learned to ski at Squaw starting at the age of two.
First the good. The terrain here is second to none. Squaw has everything blue cruisers, Beginner terrain, Cliffs, chutes, alpine bowls, thirty-foot plus drops, runs with over a thousand-foot drop of consistent 40-degree plus terrain. The lift system is decent; but overrated. There are plenty of slow lifts; and lots of terrain serviced only by slow lifts. The village is a pretty cool place for Apres; but it doesn't compare to Heavenly, Park City or other ski Meccas.
The Bad. Squaw was poorly run when Alex Cushing ran the place. Staff was extremely rude back in the day. The new owners have upped the niceness factor; however they close terrain at the drop of a hat. Those runs that you came to ski may not be open. Alterra appears to keep terrain closed to save a buck. Consequently, Skiing at Squaw is often crowded and dangerous. It is very disappointing to be stuck on groomer terrain, when the off-piste you came to ski is closed for no reason other than profits before powder.
The weather can be bad at Squaw. The wide-open valley becomes a wind tunnel if there is any wind; and the upper mountain will close. I only go to squaw on sunny wind-free days(I learned that lesson too many times here). There are plenty of bluebird days at Squaw, fortunately. Plan your day here wisely with regards to weather. Nearby Northstar, Sugar Bowl and Alpine Meadows(If Alterra opens it up), are more protected and therefore better options if there is wind.
Contrary to popular opinion this is not a great beginner/family mountain(remember, I learned to ski here). Because the resort is so large and wide-open it is easy to lose your friend/family while skiing down. In the days before cell phones, I skied alone a lot at Squaw due to losing my companions and never seeing them again until the end of the day.
The local ski bums and Bay Area Weekend Warriors are RUDE! I ride at Squaw with the expectation that people will be rude to me.
Powder does not last past 10:00 a.m. on a powder day at Squaw(How about that Powderhounds?). Every local and ski bum seems to gravitate towards Squaw on a powder day. The rudeness and jockeying for position at the lifts intensifies greatly at Squaw on a powder day.
This place is crowded! Weekends are overrun with folks from the Bay Area. Because of Squaw's high profile, it sees a good share of weekday traffic as well. You will never have this mountain to yourself.
Why do I keep coming back? Simple, the terrain can't be beat.

Great Mountain and Everbody Knows It.

Jay
24/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great Mountain and Everbody Knows It.

Jay
24/11/2018
Squaw is the best mountain in California. The problem is that on a powder day, you’ll be competing with 2000 of the rudest most aggressive skiers on the planet for those freshies and it all gets skied out by noon. It is expensive, crowded on weekends, and getting out of the parking lot after 4 pm is an absolute nightmare. Still love this mountain though. If you catch it on the right day, you can really have some fun.

squaw valley value

D Mcarthur
30/12/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    2

squaw valley value

D Mcarthur
30/12/2016
Squaw at christmas isnt friendly, long wait at lifts, very expensive food and unremarkable service and snow. even the cashiers are embarrased at 2 ham and cheese rolls a coke and a snickers bar for 34 dollars.

who grooms this snow during the week

thomas hedlund
19/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

who grooms this snow during the week

thomas hedlund
19/03/2016
I love Squaw Valley, I have skied it for 30 years. Their midweek grooming is getting progressively neglected. After two midweek days at Squaw I skied another southshore top end resort and the difference was DAY and NIGHT...every groomed slope was groomed to perfection despite the low crowd conditions the day before.....Squaw is cutting corners and soon people will be getting hurt

Cliff Jumpers Heaven

24/05/2015

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Cliff Jumpers Heaven

24/05/2015
This winter playground is a great destination for a ski vacation.

The large Squaw Valley is renowned for its terrain for extreme skiers and boarders, although all other ability levels will also be well entertained because the terrain size is so big. The lift infrastructure is well developed, so you can clock up lots of vertical each day and the snowfall is abundant, although perhaps not the same quality as snow that can be found further inland.

All these great facets lure the hordes so unfortunately there’s fierce competition on a powder day for freshies.

For more detailed ratings of Squaw Valley and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings.
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