Home of Tahoe’s Palisades since 1939
Driving into Sugar Bowl, the legendary shark fin spines of the Palisades come into view. This jagged row of steep cliff faces stretches from Mount Lincoln to Mount Disney forming one of the more awe-inspiring visions of steep skiing in Tahoe. What’s more, the Palisades aren’t off limits, they’re 100% in bounds and open when conditions allow.
Only Tahoe’s Snowpack Can Open this Unique Terrain
The Palisades’ sawtooth topography is unique to Tahoe and, given the severity of the terrain, it takes an exceptional season and a lot of snowfall to open them safely. Luckily, our high-density snow (i.e. Sierra cement) is ideal for plastering the rocks with a good base of snow that make the Palisades skiable when the stars align. As the snow builds on the steep rocks it creates the distinct serrated lines the Palisades are known for. Not only are these spines a blast to ski, they rival the style of big mountain lines you’d find anywhere in the world. In fact, skiers and riders from near and far, including Tahoe locals Daron Rahlves and Jeremy Jones, use the Palisades as a training ground for their trips to Alaska.