Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Olympic Valley, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Palisades Tahoe stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Palisades Tahoe is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Palisades Tahoe Lodging:

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Palisades Tahoe has a total of 245 ski trails, which are serviced by 34 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 6,000 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 2,428 hectares, 9 square miles, or 24 square kilometers.

Palisades Tahoe's slopes see on average 450 inches (177 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 37 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
6,000(24 km2)
Annual Snowfall
450"(177 cm)

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Elevation

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,050 feet, or 2,758 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,850 feet (869 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 9,050 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
9,050'(2,758 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,850'(869 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,200'(1,890 m)

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
75.7out of 100
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Palisades Tahoe is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 75.7. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 59% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 2,850 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Palisades Tahoe has 6,000 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Seeing as Palisades Tahoe is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 92% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 8% of its skiable acres for the beginners.
8%(480 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
33%(1,980 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
59%(3,540 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort good for beginners?

This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 59% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Location

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Olympic Valley, CA.

Olympic Valley, CA 96146 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
39.18600, -120.23800

Getting to Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.18600, -120.23800 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Olympic Valley, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV33 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA80 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA147 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Palisades Tahoe.

Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA72 mi
Redding Municipal AirportRDDRedding, CA142 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA146 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Alpine MeadowsOlympic Valley, CA8,673 ft56%1 mi
Granlibakken TahoeTahoe City, CA6,350 ft14%5 mi
Sugar BowlTruckee, CA8,383 ft51%7 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%8 mi
NorthstarTruckee, CA8,610 ft51%9 mi
Donner Ski RanchNorden, CA7,781 ft37%10 mi
BorealSoda Springs, CA7,700 ft29%12 mi
Tahoe DonnerTruckee, CA7,350 ft25%12 mi
Soda SpringsSoda Springs, CA7,300 ft30%12 mi
Mount RoseReno, NV9,700 ft58%20 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%24 mi
Sierra-at-TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA8,852 ft51%27 mi
KirkwoodKirkwood, CA9,800 ft56%36 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%71 mi

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation9,050 ft
Base Elevation6,200 ft
Vertical Drop2,850 ft
(8% Beginner,  33% Intermediate,  59% Expert)
Skiable Acres6,000
Avg. Annual Snowfall450 inches
Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort Mountain Stats