Guidebook

The Stuff of Legends: Palisades Tahoe's Most Iconic Lines

The runs that wrote history in the progression of extreme skiing.

Jesse Weber

Description

Palisades Tahoe is many things to many people–a proving ground for up-and-comers, a who’s who of pros and local shredders, a raucous après scene, a status-symbol vacation, or simply a dream mountain to ski. Regardless of your impressions, it’s impossible to overstate the influence of Palisades Tahoe on skiing in North America.

This mountain has staged the progression of the sport, from the resort’s 1949 claim of world’s largest ski lift, to the 1960 Winter Olympics, to the birth of extreme skiing in the 70s. Athletes training at Palisades Tahoe have constantly raised the bar ever since. The expansive terrain, with nearly every snow-covered feature you can imagine, has set the scene for countless ski films, and stories from Palisades Tahoe are endlessly boasted from lift chairs and bar stools all over the country.

Some of the mountain’s most challenging lines are crossed over by chairlifts, creating the infamous “Squallywood” zones where hard-charging showoffs can perform, or flop, before a gleefully heckling audience overhead. These expert lines have themselves borne witness to much advancement in skiing over the years, and now their names are known worldwide.

Here are Palisades Tahoe's most legendary lines, loved by the world’s best and wannabes alike. All are rated black diamond or harder, but all can be found by name on a trail map (as opposed to certain named variations that would not–ask a local about those). Whether your skills and stamina allow you to ski them all or not, at least check them out, and get a glimpse of skiing history at Palisades Tahoe.

75 Chute

75 Chute

Palisades Tahoe
0.7 km
351 m
40 °
A big long chute off of KT-22
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
The Fingers at Tahoe
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The Fingers at Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe
214 m
48 °
0 m
0.4 km
One of the "Squallywood" zones
Extreme
Private
Headwall Face

Headwall Face

Palisades Tahoe
0.4 km
193 m
36 °
Steep!
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Direct Chute
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Direct Chute

Palisades Tahoe
135 m
36 °
0 m
0.2 km
A classic chute off of the highest point at Palisades Tahoe
Severe
Private
Moseley's (aka West Face)

Moseley's (aka West Face)

Palisades Tahoe
0.6 km
341 m
36 °
One of Squaw Valleys most famous runs
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Mainline

Mainline

Palisades Tahoe
0.7 km
152 m
27 °
A Squaw hike to classic
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Tram Bowl

Tram Bowl

Palisades Tahoe
0.4 km
243 m
42 °
Big steep fun
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow

Palisades Tahoe
1.0 km
426 m
37 °
An off piste route with great variety
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Tower 16

Tower 16

Palisades Tahoe
0.5 km
262 m
37 °
A long southern exposure classic
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Siberia Run

Siberia Run

Palisades Tahoe
1.0 km
232 m
29 °
A big, fairly steep bowl on the upper mountain
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Chimney

Chimney

Palisades Tahoe
0.3 km
147 m
40 °
One of Squaw's most difficult lines
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
Main Chute

Main Chute

Palisades Tahoe
0.2 km
116 m
47 °
One of the Palisades classics
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
National Chute

National Chute

Palisades Tahoe
0.2 km
108 m
46 °
Easiest way off the front of the Palisades
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl

Palisades Tahoe
1.3 km
264 m
31 °
A huge southeast facing bowl.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Classic Chute
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Classic Chute

Palisades Tahoe
148 m
38 °
0 m
0.4 km
"The" Classic Chute at Palisades Tahoe
Extreme
Private
The Slot

The Slot

Palisades Tahoe
0.8 km
292 m
39 °
Fun, well protected steeps
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Tamara's

Tamara's

Palisades Tahoe
0.5 km
259 m
36 °
A steep open slope with a gully ending.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Poulsen's Gully

Poulsen's Gully

Palisades Tahoe
0.8 km
368 m
37 °
A challenging lower mountain favorite
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private