Ski Lifts in Palisades Tahoe
The advanced lift system in Palisades Tahoe is carefully designed to provide two ways to access every area of terrain.
Palisades Tahoe Ski Lifts
With one of the most advanced lift networks in North America, the layout of Palisades Tahoe is carefully designed so that there are always two ways to access every area of terrain, cutting down the time that you might wait in line. Palisades has 34 lifts, including a recently modernized 110-passenger Aerial tram and a powerful 28-passenger Funitel – only the fourth of its kind in the world and the only one in North America.
At Olympic Valley, there are 21 lifts, including six high-speed six-person chairs, two high-speed quads, one fixed-grip quad, eight triples, four doubles, one rope tow and 5 magic carpets. At Alpine, there are 11 lifts, including one high-speed six-person chair, three high-speed quads, two triples, five doubles and two magic carpets. In total, the mountain can move an impressive 49,000 people per hour. Most lifts run 9am-4pm, with a handful at Olympic closing at 3:30pm. Start time is 8:30 am on weekends and holidays, and 9:00 am all other days. Lifts shut at 4:00 pm for regular lifts and 9:00 pm for night operations.
To maximize your time on the slopes, Palisades Tahoe has cleverly designed the lift network so that there is often a variety of alternative ways to access each area of terrain. So, when a line begins to form at one lift, you should look around: there is likely to be another lift close by that does not have a wait.
Palisades Tahoe Lift Passes
Palisades Tahoe, with access to both Olympic and Alpine ski areas, is accessible with either Ikon or Mountain Collective programs. Day tickets or multi-day passes can also be purchased either online or at resort ticket windows or retail shops at the base of the mountains. There are discounts available to active duty and veteran military members, and seniors over the age of 80 ski free. There are several ticket booths conveniently located at the base of the resort and in the cable car lobby. Tickets can also be purchased in conjunction with lodgings packages.
Busy holidays and some popular weekends are the only times noticeable lines can appear at ticket booths. To alleviate the waiting time for ticket purchasing, Ski Corp will often have a cash-only line that moves significantly faster than lines where credit cards are being used. In order to maximize your time on the slopes, Palisades Tahoe lift network offers a variety of alternative ways to access each area of terrain. So, when a line begins to form at one lift, you should look around: there is likely to be another lift close by with no line and no wait.