Base to Base I – Palisades Tahoe, CA

This lift runs near the previous KT-22 lift but continues past the KT-22 summit to Alpine Meadows.
View down the very steep lift line.
The lift follows the KT-22 spine with rocky outcrops along the line.
A cabin with the lift in turnaround mode.
Station with loading only on the sides.
LPA terminal underskin.
View down KT-22.
Very tall towers 8 and 9.
View from the summit.
Top terminal.
Unloading area.
View up the entire lift line.
Top terminal seen from Siberia.
Future cabin parking site.
View from the bottom station.
The gondola crosses over both the Exhibition and KT-22 Doppelmayr quads.
Loading and maze area.
Drive station.
View of the gondola from KT-22.
Steep section of the line passing over the Mothership.
The second crossing on the line.
A 7 section splice tower.
Side view of the top station.
Loading area.
Top terminal built atop fill.
Breakover towers.
Another tall tower.
Steep lift line.
Cabin 32.
Carrier with views of Lake Tahoe.
Middle part of the lift line.
Cabins are very high in the air along most of the line.
View down in Olympic Valley.
The lift line with sister lift Red Dog in the background.
Crossing over the KT-22 detachable quad.
The gondola towers are much taller than the chairlift.
View up the line.
Hold down tower 7.
Steep section of the lift line.
Side view of a cabin with ski racks.
View up at tower 4.
Lower lift line.
Loading area.
Bottom station plaza.
Towers 1 and 2.
Stub rail for future parking facility.
Generator at the drive station.
Side view of the unloading area.
Lower station seen from above.
Side view of the return.
A cabin passing towers at the summit.
View from the top.
Cabin seen from below.
Tower head.
Upper half of the lift line.
View up at tower 6.
KT-22 station overview.

13 thoughts on “Base to Base I – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. Henry T December 17, 2022 / 10:59 pm

    Those are some very tall towers! I can’t wait to ride this lift soon


  2. Donald Reif December 18, 2022 / 6:11 am

    I always how they’ll rope-evac people from cabins on the tall spans, particularly around the KT-22 crossing.


  3. Matt D December 20, 2022 / 9:44 am

    It seems that Palisades has all of the 12S assemblies that LPOA has ever made between this gondola and Siberia.


  4. Calvin December 20, 2022 / 9:53 am

    Just imagine what this $65M could have been spent on to improve the skiing experience rather than a connection that will cut people off in high winds.

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  5. Muni December 20, 2022 / 5:54 pm

    this would have been the perfect use case for the new Doppelmayr TRI-line.


    • skitheeast December 20, 2022 / 8:24 pm

      Bi-cable, 3S, funitel, tri-line… if you are going to spend $65 million on a lift, do it right. Time will tell how this lift performs in the area’s typical high winds, but it does not look promising. I will note that they wanted to please as many environmental groups as possible, and that may have been a factor in their decision to use a traditional gondola.


  6. Anthony December 20, 2022 / 11:38 pm

    That retaining wall at the KT-22 station probably cost $5 million on its own…


  7. James December 21, 2022 / 5:34 pm

    Oh yeah! I built that! Looks awesome!


  8. Tahoe Bill December 24, 2022 / 9:46 pm

    12/24/2022- the new $65 million gondola is still not running, despite all the hoopla Alterra Corp puts out. And Red Dod isn’t finished, sa Far East lift isn’t accessible and doesn’t run either. Red Dog face and the Dog Leg are well groomed, but skiers can’t access the trails.

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  9. Kirk December 25, 2022 / 8:13 am

    Yeah I here there still working on the interconnect part of the system, it was supposed to be open 12-24?? Don’t have any details on that.
    Red Dog status is exactly what I would expect. Starting a project that late with all manufactures and the few independent lift builders completely maxed out and already behind schedule on projects that started long before Red Dog.

    Not to mention building lifts in the winter/snow is expensive and slow. Good recipe for construction crew burn out.


  10. Tommy Boy January 13, 2023 / 9:23 am

    Is there a plan for cabin storage on the Palisades side, or is the building on the Alpine side going to be capable of storing all the cabins moving forward? The skier flow at the top of KT also needs to be addressed.


  11. llamalasagnacalypso92897 March 21, 2023 / 12:19 am

    i find the fill at KT mid kind of annoying. I think some of the rocks have fallen out of the mesh b/c even after 400in of snow there were little rocks all over


  12. A Mauch March 21, 2023 / 11:50 am

    Gabion rock baskets are known to lose material, especially if it isn’t classified prior to filling. It’s one of the most cost effective slope retention systems compared to similar solutions. I don’t think this method was used for cost reduction, but more likely a local, state, or federal requirement to use native materials on a visually exposed ridge line.

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