You get a little, or rather a lot, of everything at these two resorts. One of the beautiful things about going to
Palisades Tahoe is that you can easily shuttle between the two, so if the lift lines are too long at one or you couldn’t find parking, or maybe you just want a change of pace, you can shuttle a few minutes down the street to completely different runs.
Palisades is known for its massive scale, it’s Olympic heritage, it’s gnarly and diverse terrain. You get everything from massive chutes and technical faces to the meadow at the upper mountain that’ll give you endless turns to prepare for the extended Mountain Run at 3.2 miles back to the bottom (or take the gondola). KT22, the most infamous lift at Squaw, takes you up to the city of black diamonds. Lap Olympic Lady and the Headwall Express as well for never ending access to chutes, cliffs, and epic terrain.
Alpine Meadows has a very different feeling than the well-deserved bravado that is Olympic Valley. Alpine has a small mountain vibe without actually being a small mountain. There’s fun to be had all over, from long blue cruisers to seemingly countless bowls and chutes. Catch Scott chair for some steep excitement, and don’t forget to drop into the backside of the mountain for tree runs and steep bowls, plus a semi-secret Ice Bar. There’s nothing like slouching back in an Adirondack chair with a cold beer while you wait for your friends to catch up.