We’re Skiing Palisades in June!

Category: General

Snowpack is DEEP

We’re cruising towards summer and the mountains are packed with snow. The base depth on the upper mountain is still over 14 FEET deep. We’re stoked that Palisades has been able to stay open so we can lay down some sweet late season turns.

Skier skis through rocky chute
Unbelievable coverage for late season. Skier: Markham Gross

Scramble to the Top

Unzip all your vents and trek to the top of Squaw Peak (el. 8900') from the top of Siberia. National is skiing great and is worth the hike!

Hiking Palisades
Be aware that the trail is rocky and dusty. Take care to keep your balance while walking over large pieces of gravel.

Enjoy the View

Even if it weren’t for the skiing, sweeping views from the top of Palisades would make the hike worth it. Take in the glorious panorama of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley and the surrounding Sierra.

Lake View
A nice place to catch your breath after a short but steep climb

Ski it while you can!

Before charging up the mountain, check for obvious open/closed signage at the base of the Palisades. Patrol explained that they are making a “day-by-day assessment” on opening the terrain. Operations are dependent on coverage and snow stability, which can change rapidly as temps heat up.  We’re always hoping for a good overnight freeze in spring. Cold temps help preserve the integrity of the snowpack and produces the best quality corn snow.

Open sign Palisades

The open chutes will be listed on the signboard on the Patrol Shack. Extra, Main and National have been opening daily for the past few weeks. Chimney is closed due to snow melt and a huge glide crack that formed near the bottom of the chute.

National

National is the wide open bowl to skier’s right of the Palisades. Although it’s probably the mellowest of the Palisades chutes, there are 3 large rocky formations on the far right side that form a gentle chute.

Skier skis through rocky chute toward Gold Coast
Dropping in. Skier: Markham Gross

This is my favorite line to ski- it has a great pitch and you make a couple quick turns between rocks before it dumps you back into the bowl.

Palisades Corn
Soft corn- throw a coat of warm wax on your skis and boards

Get out and enjoy the sweet creamy corn! We’re still spinning 9 lifts and there’s MILES of open terrain to ski and ride.

Pano of Palisades
Bluebird skies and plenty of snow

Operations

Squaw plans to continue 9am-4pm daily operations thru June 4, then switch to Saturday & Sunday operations from 10am-2pm thru June 25, plus July 1-4. Starting July 8, we plan to be open Saturdays into summer as conditions allow, 10am-2pm. 

 

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