Squaw Creek – Palisades Tahoe, CA

Top station next to an identical one for Red Dog.
Top station overview.
View down the very long lift line.
Half tower and light side flyover near the summit.
Middle part of the lift line.
Looking up the line from the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Poma Alpha drive with hydraulic tension system.
Lift overview.
Leaving the base.
View back down the line.
Tower 11.
Upper part of the line.
Light side and heavy side diverging.
Tower 18 up top.

11 thoughts on “Squaw Creek – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  1. jimmy January 28, 2021 / 5:48 pm

    This lift needs to be replaced, definitely, even more than red dog and granite in my opinion, it’s really slow and very long and is the resort’s longest lift, I’d like to see a high speed quad replace this lift, and it has some very great terrain, so if it were replaced, it could steal lines from KT, Shirley, Granite or Siberia.

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    • julestheshiba January 29, 2021 / 11:33 pm

      Honestly, the only issue I see with this lift is its length. The first thing is that I never see crowds here it only occasionally has one or two people in front of you. The second thing is that I don’t really think it could take people from Kt or Shirley because the snow here is often mushy, and when it is a bit warm it can rain down here. Most of the time I hear people specifically stating they don’t want to go to red dog or squaw creek because of the snow conditions, not the lift itself. I really think the only reason for this lift to be an HSQ is for its length.

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      • nvskier February 5, 2021 / 10:42 am

        Agreed. Since it’s not a high traffic area I don’t think it’s a very high priority to upgrade. I think at best we could see a low capacity and possibly a used HSQ to replace Squaw Creek since it really doesn’t need a capacity upgrade at all. Even on powder days there’s rarely more than a handful of people in line. I don’t see Alterra spending very much money on this one anytime soon.

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        • Somebody August 7, 2021 / 11:12 pm

          I saw long lines here during a Saturday of FebruBuried 2019 but that was probably a bit of a rare case. Can’t expect short lines on intermediate terrain on one of the snowiest days in the history of the ski area.

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  2. Kirk April 23, 2021 / 9:09 pm

    New Haulrope.

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  3. Bryan Pressnall June 18, 2021 / 10:07 pm

    Squaw Creek has the best intermediate runs at Squaw. Almost twice the vertical of Shirly. Surprised they don’t put more into this area with a quad lift, removal of all the “Christmas trees” and willows from some of the runs, some more snow making, and more grooming. I have seen runs such as Montezuma’s, Knob Hill, Valley View, and even Pablo’s Passage groomed before, but they seldom do, which is odd for a major resort. At least they charge major resort prices.

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    • Somebody June 19, 2021 / 1:22 am

      The reason Shirley is arguably better is because it’s high elevation, but I agree that this pod skis better. I’d like it to go detachable, Squaw suffers from a lack of long intermediate terrain.

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  4. Tommy Boy June 19, 2021 / 8:44 am

    Isn’t most of the Squaw Creek terrain on land owned by the Resort at Squaw Creek? These runs need to be brushed and cleared of undergrowth. I would have to assume Squaw doesn’t want to spend money on terrain that they do not own, and RSC has no financial incentive to maintain the trails. Hence the status quo. The best thing they could do here would be a logging project similar to what Squaw did on the Red Dog terrain approximately 5 years ago where they thinned the lower elevation forest, reduced the fuel load and improved the tree skiing.

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  5. Micah August 7, 2021 / 8:11 pm

    Red dog and squaw creek often have lines in beginning of season and why make far east a H.P.S when squaw creek and red dog are longer

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    • Cameron Halmrast August 8, 2021 / 11:39 am

      When Intrawest was developing the village at Squaw, it had three phases. During phase I, the Far East Express was installed to accommodate another out of base area lift adjacent to Phase III. However, Phase II and Phase III were never constructed because of backlash. In my opinion, Far East Express should be relocated to another area on the mountain as it no longer serves a purpose other than cater to the ski racers and early morning guests.

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