Meadow – Palisades Tahoe, CA

Yan raised bottom drive terminal.
Height-adjustable loading at tower 2.
View back to the base station.
Lift line.
Loading area separate from the drive bullwheel.
Fixed top bullwheel.
Return station with height adjustment option.
Looking down the lift line.

4 thoughts on “Meadow – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. Joshua September 15, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Is it just me or were there no bars on the summer pics but there were bars in the winter pics? Did they add the bars over the summer?


    • New England Chairlifts & Skiing September 15, 2019 / 5:02 pm

      Yes, there are no bars in the summer pictures and bars in the winter ones. There’s actually a Bit of a history.

      In 2009/2010, when Alpine Meadows was still separate from Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows invested in a technology called Magna-stick, where each chair had a magnet on it that would stick to specially designed metal on the back of children’s lesson vests. This would stick the child into the seat, deactivating at the top via sensors. It would prevent them from slipping for falling. It also prevented kids from needing to reach up to lower a bar, which actually can be dangerous. This technology was applied to the Subway and Meadow chairs. You can see the magnets on the chairs in the summer pictures.

      When Squaw and Alpine Meadows merged and KSL took over, They stopped using the technology and just put bars onto both lifts, probably to reduce costs/maintenance of the system and make it simpler. It also is something everyone can use (not just kids with the lesson vests like the magnetic system).

      P.S. if anyone knows who made the new Yan bars, tell me please! They’re not original.


      • julestheshiba March 3, 2021 / 2:08 pm

        I was probably a little kid and not remembering properly, but I could have sworn that in around 2011 I was skiing at alpine and the subway chair had automatic bars. I cannot imagine that this was possible I probably did not see the instructor lowering the bars. The interesting thing that I am 100% sure about was that at this point they had both the magnastick and bars, in the following years they removed the magnastick. I remember that the big flaw with magnastick was that the actual unit was quite large and pushed you forward on the chair, especially if you were wearing a backpack.


  2. Alex September 15, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    They have added safety bars to all of the chairs at Squaw Alpine.


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