As we settle into a picture-perfect winter season, the storms have slowed down, blue skies are in the forecast, and we are ready to get out and enjoy all the winter activities Tahoe has to offer! There are so many reasons to love living at the Palisades all year round, but as we start a new year and gear up for an epic season, we want to share our top 5 reasons to love living at The Palisades in the winter! From skiing and snowboarding to village events and apres, there is always something to do during the winter season. Read on for our favorites below.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Living minutes from world-renowned terrain definitely has its perks! With over 6,000 combined skiable acres at Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Palisades Tahoe offers something for everyone. From first-timers on the slopes to legendary Olympians, the combined 8 mountain peaks average 400 inches of annual snowfall. Take a 3.2-mile ride down the longest run, Mountain Run, or explore one of the 23 bowls spread across two mountain resorts. Download the Palisades Tahoe app for real-time lift status, terrain updates, and even parking information.
If you’re looking for a new way to explore the Tahoe outdoors, strap on some snowshoes and take a hike along one of the amazing trails or overlooks nearby. Close to home and easy access is Shirley Canyon, where you can hike alongside the creek, or for a longer trek try Pole Creek Canyon and Bradley Hut, a popular backcountry hut available to reserve for overnight trips. If you’re itching for views of the lake, you can’t go wrong with the Tahoe Rim Trail. You can access it at various points near Tahoe City and along the West Shore.
Backcountry skiing has become almost as popular as resort skiing in Tahoe – and there is no wonder why! With acres of national forest land and gentle slopes in the area, and plenty of experienced certified guides to lead your trek, Tahoe has turned into a backcountry paradise. If you’re interested in getting started in the backcountry, you can start with guided tours that leave from Palisades Tahoe through Alpenglow Expeditions. If you’re heading out into the backcountry, be sure to check forecasts ahead of time, prepare with proper courses and equipment, and never go alone! YOu can learn more about backcountry safety at the Sierra Avalance Center.
Paved Walking Path
We can all agree fresh snow is the best, but shoveling it – not so much. That’s why we love having easy access to the paved bike bath on Olympic Valley. Perfect for walking the dog or even just stretching your legs, the path meanders along the Olympic Valley meadows and offers beautiful views of the winter mountains.
Village Events & Restaurants
There’s always something going on in the Village at Palisades Tahoe. From festive holiday events to ski races, family events, speaker series, and more, living minutes from this bustling village in a mountain town is definitely a perk! Check out the full calendar of upcoming events here. We also love the variety of restaurants and bars perfect for apres, take out, or even a date night! Some of our favorites are Tremigo, Sun Bowl, and can’t forget the cookies at Wildflour Baking Co!