Palisades Tahoe, CA, Launches the Base to Base Gondola With Grand Opening Celebration 

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After kicking off the winter season earlier this month, Palisades Tahoe is slated to debut the long-awaited Base to Base Gondola in mid-December with a full day of festivities to ring in a new era at the resort. The Base to Base Gondola Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 17, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, special performances, fireworks, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Music & Fireworks

Live musical performances will take place across both Base Areas throughout the day, with a Saturday night headline show from Dillon Francis—the LA-based DJ and producer known for vivid dance tracks and international festival appearances. This performance will take place on the KT Base Bar deck, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Mountain Tours

Guests can enjoy a complimentary tour of the two valleys with The North Face® Mountain Guides, featuring firsthand tips on the resort’s most coveted terrain and secret stashes. These tours are offered to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders only, and all participants will receive a coupon to The North Face® store in The Village at Palisades Tahoe for 20% off one item. To join, look for the meeting sign at either Base Area to meet your guide at the scheduled times below.

Event Schedule

The Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 9 am until 6:30 pm across Palisades Tahoe.

  • 9 AM: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Toast, and Giveaways (Alpine & Palisades Base Areas)

  • 10 AM: 2-Hour Tours with The North Face® Mountain Guides (Alpine & Palisades Base Areas)

  • 11 AM: Pop-Up Music (Palisades – Gold Coast Snow Beach; Alpine – The Chalet Deck)

  • 1 PM: 2-Hour Tours with The North Face® Mountain Guides (Alpine & Palisades Base Areas)

  • 1 PM: Live Music and Happy Hour featuring Lizano (Alpine Lodge Deck)

  • 3 PM: Live Music & Happy Hour (KT Base Bar)

  • 5 PM: Headline Performance featuring Dillon Francis (KT Base Bar)

  • 6:30 PM: Fireworks Show (KT Base Bar)

Guests can also follow along on Instagram @palisadestahoe for prize stashes on both mountains throughout the day. Two lucky winners will find a grand prize of a Dakine backpack, Dakine gloves, GoPro Hero 11, and YETI Rambler. The most up-to-date event details can be found here.


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4 thoughts on “Palisades Tahoe, CA, Launches the Base to Base Gondola With Grand Opening Celebration 

  1. The day Alpine Meadows was ruined forever. Farwell old friend and thanks for the many great memories over the past 30 years!!

  2. It’s a (very expensive) marketing scam just to say we have this giant ski area, instead of two distinct ski areas, which it still pretty much is, other than being able to access KT from Alpine. When the whole community was against it, it was sold as a transportation alternative to get cars off the road. Unfortunately, it only runs during normal mountain operating hours. It would be a lot more useful in that regard if it was open a couple hours before and after the ski areas were open, possibly eliminating a lot of the gridlock on 89 between Alpine and OV if people could just drive to whichever they are closer to. Of course it’s not necessary, but some people will ride it because it’s there, even though you’d lose a large chunk of your ski day going back and forth. No way it gets removed, but money hold is always a possibility. That $64 million could have put a pretty big dent in housing issues here.

  3. Seems that the consumer is going to pay for this 64 million dollar scenic ride to the next mountain? What does it really offer? I’d rather ice skate in the winter and swim in the spring. What ever happened to all the extra activities that gave the consumer more things to do than ski? I’ll give the BASE to BASE 5 years max, before it’s removed because nobody is usng it.

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