During the 1960 Olympics, Red Dog was one of the few lifts in operation at Palisades Tahoe. In 1989, it was upgraded from a two-seater to a three-person lift, and now, more than 30 years later, it’s time to give it another upgrade. Red Dog has been replaced with a high-speed, detachable six-person lift. The base terminal has moved to the east, giving skiers direct access to the lift right from the parking lot. The lift passes over the Far East Express and terminates in the same location as before. The new Red Dog chairlift will be opening soon!
Red Dog Replacement
New High-Speed 6-Seater Chairlift
Key Project Benefits
% increased uphill capacity50
feet from parking lot250
Red Dog FAqs
When did Red Dog construction begin?
Construction on Red Dog began before the 2021-22 season closed at Palisades. We began disassembling the current Red Dog lift in April 2022.
When will Red Dog construction be complete?
Red Dog chairlift is not yet open for the season, but in the meantime, we have opened the terrain. While we originally planned to open in early December, the recent snow has impacted our construction effort. Our opening will be based on how well the teams can continue to access the towers and terminals through completion.
Did the location of the Red Dog lift change?
Yes, the base terminal moved east to a new location that gives guests direct access to the lift from the parking lot. The lift passes over the Far East Express and terminates in the same mountaintop location it has historically.
Will the new Red Dog lift be able to run in high winds?
The new chair is heavier and has less distance between lift towers, making it able to withstand higher winds than the old fixed-grip chair. This will be crucial on storm days when only the lower mountain chairs can run.
Why did you cut down trees in the Red Dog area?
Roughly 300 trees needed to be removed to clear way for the new alignment of the lift. This was actually a huge benefit to forest health in that area, as more than 75 percent of the trees being removed have been identified as diseased or unhealthy. Forest health is a crucial component of wildfire mitigation.