Following a massive early-season storm that dropped 3.5 feet of snow at upper elevations, Palisades Tahoe kicked off the ski season by opening almost a month earlier than planned.

It was only the third time in Palisades Tahoe’s 72-year history that the resort opened for the winter season in October. Now that the snow is flying, Palisades Tahoe will welcome new events, programs and promotions alongside its new name this season.

This season will be the first under the resort’s new name, Palisades Tahoe. In 2020, the resort committed to change its name due to overwhelming evidence that the word “squaw” is a racist and sexist slur against Indigenous women. In September 2021, after a year of careful deliberation, the new name was announced as Palisades Tahoe, which is a nod to two terrain areas on the mountains: the impressive cliffs that tower over the Siberia Chair, as well as the challenging steeps that run alongside the Alpine Bowl Chair. Our new name honors the rich ski history these mountains are known for and looks to a future where Palisades Tahoe will continue to push boundaries—on snow and off—and remain a progressive force in the ski industry.

As an extension of the renaming process, Palisades Tahoe has started a long-term partnership with the Washoe Tribe, with the goal of giving the tribe a platform to educate resort guests and the local community about their history and culture, as well as providing tribe members free and easy access to our resort activities. This partnership so far has included monthly Washoe Cultural Tours in the summer, a Washoe exhibit at High Camp, renaming the Squaw One chair with Washoe input, providing free tickets, rentals and snow tubing for tribe members and developing youth recreation programming at the resort.

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