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Keyhole Proper

Lake Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe

Infamous chute accessed off the top of the High Traverse

Freeride Skiing Severe

269 m
0 m
159 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.6 km
Keyhole Proper Map

Use the Alpine Bowl or Summit Chairs to reach this trail. From the Summit Chair, bear left as you exit the lift. Cross Alpine Bowl on the groomed road to the top of the Alpine Bowl Chair. Ski through the building that covers the top station and begin hiking across the steep slope. Using the Alpine Bowl Chair exit to your left and begin hiking. Use caution, especially when conditions are firm. There is usually a trail made by previous skiers. Continue toward the rocky outcropping at the west end of Upper Saddle and carefully sidestep to the top. On the other side of the rock outcropping is a wide ridge (it can be rocky, especially in the early season or low snow years). The first chute that you see after this rocky outcropping is Keyhole. The chute is shaped like an hourglass meaning it starts off wide at the top and narrows in the middle before widening again at the bottom. This is by far one of the most challenging chutes at Alpine Meadows!



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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