Now, this is the type of news we like to wake up to. After an atmospheric river delivered 3 feet of fresh snow to the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, ski season is officially getting a head start in California. Yesterday, Palisades Tahoe announced that it would be joining Mammoth Mountain by opening for the season on Friday, October 27.

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According to reports, the snow that fell on the high peaks was the perfect type of “base building” snow you hope to see during the early season months of October and November. And this is a VERY early season. In fact, it’s only the third time in Palisades Tahoe history that they’ve been able to open to the public in October!

Mammoth Mountain Opening Day Details 2021
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Opening Day Details: Palisades Tahoe + Mammoth Mountain

Palisades Tahoe Opening Day: 10/29/21

Hours: 9am-3pm

“We’ll be kicking off the season with the Funitel, Gold Coast, and Shirley Lake, spinning 9am-3pm October 29-31. Grooming will be limited, so stay tuned for more details as our teams continue to assess conditions following this storm. We will be open for weekends only in November as conditions allow. Full-time operations will kick off on Wednesday, November 24th.”

Lifts for Opening Day:

  • Gold Coast
  • Shirley Lake
  • Funitel



Mammoth Mountain Opening Day: 10/29/21

Hours: 9am-3pm

“With access to at least 7 runs and a small terrain park setup in lower Main Park. Pending the weather the next few days, we may also be able to pop the top with access to Cornice Bowl and Road Runner – the crew will be keeping a close eye on winds/temps, and working hard to make this happen if conditions allow. We ask that visitors remember that these are early season conditions and obstacles exist. Please stay on open trails and be aware of conditions as they change.”

Lifts For Opening Day: 

  • Broadway Express (1)
  • Face Lift Express (3)
  • Discovery Chair (11)
  • Panorama Gondola to McCoy Station



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