KT-22 – Palisades Tahoe, CA

Lower station with parking rail.
View up the line.
Depression towers 1-2.
Bottom terminal and lift shack.
Lift line view.
Another look of the parking rail.
Riding up the legendary lift line.
Towers 10-11-12.
View back down the steep pitch.
Upper part of the lift line.
Breakover towers 17-18-19.
Doppelmayr Uni return terminal.
Depression-combo tower 16.
Upper section of the line.
Lower part of the line.
First few towers.
Top turnaround.
Drive station overview from above.

25 thoughts on “KT-22 – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. carson February 12, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    those tower tubes look reused… the way i can tell is by the latter cause most dopplymayers look like a regular ladder those look like there early lift ladders like many riblets


    • somebody February 12, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Would make a lot of sense as the prior lift was a riblet.


        • Myles Svec February 17, 2021 / 8:33 am

          This is what the riblet looked like on its last day of operations ever.


    • Michael February 13, 2019 / 6:44 am

      If you are talking about Towers 1 & 2, those look like reused Yan towers- L.E. used those stirrups for many years. And we know that Squaw had quite a stock of old Yan equipment.đź‘Ť


      • julestheshiba February 16, 2020 / 2:13 pm

        I am pretty sure the first kt was a Heron replaced by a Riblet which was replaced by a Yan which was replaced by this. From what I heard the white wolf lift, which is pretty much abandoned, was the former kt double and it is a Yan.


        • Myles Svec February 17, 2021 / 8:37 am

          Heron KT-22 Double

          (In the second pic the Heron KT-22 double is the yellow one in the background.)

          Riblet KT-22 Double


        • Myles Svec February 17, 2021 / 8:39 am

          You are correct the first KT-22 Double was a Heron

          In the second pic the Heron KT-22 double is in background.


  2. ALEXANDER C BOESENBERG February 13, 2019 / 10:13 am

    When the lift was replaced it was slightly realigned.


  3. Tyler Baroody April 12, 2021 / 5:35 pm

    What happened to the abandoned Wolf lift? Where is it?


    • Myles Svec April 12, 2021 / 6:16 pm

      The towers and the stations are there but Troy Caldwell who owns the White Wolf lift couldn’t put the cable and chairs on because an alpine meadows HOA sued him because they think the lift would cause avalanche danger potentially hitting the homes there.


      • Utah Powder Skier April 12, 2021 / 6:18 pm

        Is the lift going to be completed as part of Squaw-Alpine?


        • Myles Svec April 12, 2021 / 6:27 pm

          He is trying to make his own private 275 acre resort with 30 or so luxury homes. When his resort opens the alpine meadows mid station on the gondola will be used for skiers going to the white wolf resort. I don’t know how that will work.


        • Utah Powder Skier April 12, 2021 / 6:40 pm

          So Alterra wants to brand Squaw-Alpine as one resort when the whole connection area to get there isn’t even owned by them? Quicksilver at least has runs going on either side. Whistler and Blackcomb have some overlap at the base. Definitely not worth 60 million. Park City spent 50 million for one gondola with an angle station, one new six pack with a loading carpet, and a relocation of a detachable quad.


  4. Somebody October 17, 2021 / 11:12 am

    I know most customers don’t care about this but this liftline was iconic for decades.. It’s sad to see it like this:

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    • Donald Reif October 17, 2021 / 1:33 pm

      The gondola is going to have a lot of wind exposure on the KT22 crossing.


      • llamalasagnacalypso92897 April 15, 2022 / 2:51 pm

        up at the top by the patrol shack, the mid station and tower after is REALLY low, I think they will have to regrade the top of saddle


    • Ryan Murphy October 17, 2021 / 4:56 pm

      Looks like they kept towers off of the fingers though. That’s a huge win for the skiing quality and history.


    • skitheeast October 18, 2021 / 8:01 am

      I agree. I would have much preferred alignment 2 from an aesthetic and practical point of view, but environmentalists shot it down.


    • llamalasagnacalypso92897 April 15, 2022 / 2:50 pm

      when i rode up it this season, I was still too in awe of the fingers (as usual) to care about the new towers


  5. jahoney October 28, 2022 / 12:47 pm

    Does anyone know the story of the old kt22 rollback? Was it the Yan, Riblet, or Heron? Were there multiple occasions it happened?


  6. Terence Martin February 23, 2023 / 1:51 pm

    I rode a lift at (now) Palisades Tahoe perhaps 15-20 yrs ago. It had crazy-tall towers and NO safety bar. I sweat bullets on every ride, but the terrain was SO worth it. I thought it was KT-22, but I’m not sure. Can anyone confirm/deny?


    • julestheshiba February 23, 2023 / 7:29 pm

      I highly doubt it was KT-22. The Red Dog chair which was replaced recently went really high up but always had safety bars. Could have also been Olympic lady but I am not sure when they added bars to all their lifts.


      • Terence Martin February 25, 2023 / 5:03 am

        It wasn’t Red Dog because I’m 100% certain it had no safety bar. If it had a safety bar, the height wouldn’t have bothered me.


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