Palisades Tahoe, CA, shared progress updates yesterday for the base-to-base gondola and the Red Dog upgrade. Both lifts are on target to open in mid-December.
With our first snow of the season in the books, it seems like an appropriate time for a little construction update!
The Base to Base Gondola is really starting to look like a complete lift. Leitner Poma has been hanging gondola cabins on the line, which will be a two-week process, followed by another two-week process for the Alpine side.
Site work for Red Dog is nearly complete, and material for the top terminal arrived and has been trucked up the mountain. Work to backfill the top terminal, crown towers and operator house to bring it up to grade is underway. This is a huge milestone for Red Dog, as the remaining work on the lift can be completed with or without snow on the ground.
Both projects are on schedule for an early to mid-December opening!🤙❄️🙌
Read more about our Base to Base Gondola, Red Dog, and snowmaking projects here! https://gondola.palisadestahoe.com/
– Palisades Tahoe, 10/26/22
The Base to Base Gondola is scheduled to open in December of the 2022-2023 season and will connect the two valleys of the resort. The project, estimated to cost $65 million, will make Palisades Tahoe the third-largest ski area in North America.
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A realization of the founders’ original vision, the Base to Base Gondola offers newfound convenience and accessibility to the resort’s 6,000 acres and a full spectrum of lifts, terrain, dining venues, and more. The 16-minute Base to Base ride will offer scenic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, easy transit between the resort’s two base areas, and lift access for expert skiers and snowboards to the top of KT-22.
Red Dog was in operation during the 1960 Winter Olympics as a two-seater, was then upgraded to a three-seater in 1989, and now will be upgraded to seat six people this summer. The base terminal will be moved east to a new location that will give skiers direct access to the lift from the parking lot. The new lift will pass over the Far East Express and terminate in the same location it does now.
Construction on the new lift began in April, and it will be ready for the 2022-23 season.