Palisades Tahoe, CA Temporarily Closes After Early Opening Due to Warm Temps, Rain, and Melting Snowpack

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Palisades Tahoe announced today that it will not open this weekend for skiing and riding after opening last Friday for its third-ever October opening. Rain, warm temperatures, and a melting snowpack have prompted resort crews to postpone its re-opening to a later date.

A massive early-season storm that dropped three and a half feet of snow at upper elevations in just 24 hours allowed Palisades Tahoe to open last Friday—almost a month earlier than planned. This is only the third time in Palisades Tahoe’s 72-year history that the resort has opened for the winter season in October.

Palisades Tahoe wrote in an Instagram post today regarding its temporary closure:

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for one of our earliest opening days ever last weekend (October 29), and to our employees for their colossal effort getting the mountains ready so quickly after our first big storm. While we were hoping to keep the ski & ride season going this weekend, Mother Nature has other plans. Due to warm temps, some rain and melting snowpack, we will be closed for skiing and riding this weekend. Daily operations are scheduled to kick off on November 24, but we will continue to assess snowpack and open sooner if conditions permit.

Although the current snowpack doesn’t allow for skiing, it is primed for snowmaking. The divots and depressions are filled in, the ground is getting cold, and the travel routes are established. As soon as temps get low enough, our crews will be firing up the snow guns to help prep the slop

Unless conditions allow a sooner reopening, Palisades Tahoe will re-open for the 2021-22 winter season in 22 days. 

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