Palisades Tahoe plans to open early thanks to historic snowstorm. Here’s what to expect

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If you’re looking to shred, Mother Nature has delivered.

Palisades Tahoe announced Tuesday that it would be kicking off the snow season earlier than usual, with opening day set for Friday for the Tahoe resort formerly known as Squaw Valley.

“We can’t wait to welcome you back and make some turns this Halloween weekend,” the resort’s operators said. “Costumes are highly encouraged.”

Between Saturday and Monday, Palisades received 29 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists said Northstar and Homewood each received 3 feet of snow while Donner Pass got 33 inches.

The early opening comes after a wild early season storm brought over 3 feet of snow to the Tahoe Basin. The opening day-lift operations include Funitel, Shirley and Gold Coast. After this weekend, Palisades Tahoe will only be open on weekends in November.

You’ll need a valid lift ticket or season pass to enjoy the slopes, which you can snag online at their website.

Starting Nov. 24, they’ll be open full-time.

Palisades Tahoe and most of the other Tahoe-area ski resorts — Alpine Meadows, Bear Valley and Northstar to name a few — will open full-time Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving, as they traditionally do.

Update on Sierra-at-Tahoe

The opening date is still up in the air, however, for another resort that’s on the other side of the Basin. Sierra-at-Tahoe has yet to announce its opening. Officials there are still assessing the area after the Caldor Fire caused damage.

On its Facebook page, the resort wrote that trails and areas accessed by the West Bowl Express will be closed this winter season. In-bound ski areas are also expected to be closed.

“Our opening timeframe for the 2021/22 season is still unknown, as there is a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to offer you the quality ski experience you have come to expect from Sierra,” operators wrote on the resort’s website.

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