Hot Wheels – Palisades Tahoe, CA

CTEC return terminal with Doppelmayr operator house.
Bottom station from above.
View up from the base.
Another view of the line.
Lower station.
Leaving the base area. This lift is scheduled to be replaced with a high speed quad.
View up the long, flat lift line.
Upper half of the line.
New Doppelmayr tower head.
View down the lift line.
Arriving at the top drive station.
CTEC drive terminal.
Motor room and last tower.
View down the line near the bottom of Yellow and Scott.
Another look at the line.
Lift overview from above.

15 thoughts on “Hot Wheels – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. Northeast Chairlifts November 25, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Isn’t that drive terminal called the Gemini?


    • Peter Landsman November 25, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      No, Gemini was a later model drive/tension station. This might have been the original Northstar.


  2. Tommy Boy May 26, 2019 / 8:09 am

    Does anybody know where this lift is headed moving forward?


    • Somebody May 27, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Not yet. Probably to another alterra resort (would make a lot of sense at June mtn).

      Liked by 1 person

  3. jimmy November 18, 2019 / 7:14 pm

    whos excited for the new treeline cirque chair? I want more pics of that!


  4. jimmy December 4, 2019 / 11:06 pm

    why is there no treeline cirque pics on here yet? It’s now open!


  5. alex December 5, 2019 / 9:53 am


  6. Somebody January 5, 2020 / 12:38 pm

    I’m not sure what I’m looking at in this picture, perhaps remains of one of the weasel chair’s midstations? Regardless, it is long gone now and explains the newer dopp tower head which was on tower 8.


    • Donald Reif January 5, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      Those midstation towers lasted until around 2011 or 2012.


    • Matthew July 12, 2021 / 12:10 pm

      When I rode that lift when I skied here, the chair sometimes bounced off the line from towers 9 and 10 and the lift usually was down once or twice a month due to this issue. They then pulled them out to stop this from happening.


  7. Tommy Boy January 5, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    Former Hot Wheels mid station that was removed. If I remember correctly, the lift was configured as shown with the mid station closed for a few years before the mid station towers were removed/replaced with a new tower head on Tower 8 as shown in the other pictures. It looks like this lift ended up on the White Wolf property if and when Troy Caldwell can finish building his lift up the backside of KT.


  8. Henry T February 26, 2022 / 2:32 pm

    Does anyone know why this was a top drive compared to everything else being a bottom drive? Even the new treeline cirque is bottom drive


    • Kirk February 26, 2022 / 4:35 pm

      Typically the availability of AC Power. Top Drive’s are more efficient, require less tensioning force and usually require use a smaller haulrope.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s