Palisades Tahoe, CA, known for some of the most extreme inbounds terrain in the country, has just reclassified a number of runs and introduced a double-black diamond rating, reports Peak Rankings.
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The 22/23 trail map available on the Palisades Tahoe app shows a number of runs on the Palisades side with the upgraded rating (the trail map on the website still shows last year’s map). McConkey’s, Sherwood Cliffs, Our Father, Keyhole Slopes, Idiot’s Delight, Beaver Bowl, Tamara’s, and Scott Chute are just a few runs now labelled as double-black diamonds.
It is the first time the Palisades side, formerly known as Squaw Valley, has had a double black diamond rating. Alpine Meadows previously had double black diamonds before the merger of the two resorts in 2012 explains Peak Rankings.
There is no consistent classification scheme for trail difficulties to make runs comparable across resorts. Ski runs are graded based on the difficulty of the terrain at each specific resort.