Hotels >Kirkwood Mountain Resort
BEST Snow!. Kirkwood is by far my favorite ski resort! It offers the BEST snow -and no, not the manmade kind, but nice and fluffy, the ideal kind that every skiier and snow boarder would only dream of! Of all the times I've been there, I have not yet ever seen it with icy or flat snow condition. It is also not as crowded as Squaw Valley or Heavenly, either, so you can actually enjoy skiing/boarding without worrying about avoiding people. Highly highly recommended!
Beginners are welcome, but this mountain is packed with thrills for the hard-core skier..
Every terrain a ski area could want: bowls, cornices, saddles, chutes, glades and, fortunately, some flats for beginners. Snowboarders have access to the entire mountain, including a freestyle park with quarter-pipes, tabletop jumps, a snake jump and a large spine jump. Amenities include a variety of lodging (all condos), good food service and high-quality, user-friendly ski instruction. Negatives include the ski area's distance from South Lake Tahoe and some tricky driving over the high passes.
Vertical drop: 2,000 feet
Base elevation: 7,800 feet
Top elevation: 9,800 feet
Skiable acres: 2,300
Beginner terrain: 15 percent
Intermediate terrain: 50 percent
Advanced terrain: 20 percent
Expert terrain: 15 percent
Snowboarding: Full facilities
Deepest Powder - Smallest Lines. "Hard to get to"? Kirkwood is the only destination off of Highway 88. Unlike the gridlocked Highway 50 to Tahoe, Kirkwood NEVER has traffic. There are only a couple of days per year where there is a risk that Highway 88 will close due to avalanche controls. Only 35 minutes (without snow) to South Lake Tahoe. No crowds. No cheesy scene. Hands-down best powder. Go to Kirkwood to ski. Go to Lake Tahoe resorts to bar hop with the tourists and ski the ice and slush.
Awesome!. Kirkwood's a bit difficult to get to, but totally worth the effort. The snow is always fantastic, the lines are shorter, the runs are challenging...and the list of positives keeps on going. I've skiied every mountain in Tahoe, and Kirkwood is my overall favorite.
Can't Wait. I was hiking at Kirkwood Today and I can't wait for it to open!!!!! The snow was great!!!1
Awesome ski area. A growing resort as far as amenities. The snow can't be beat anywhere in the west. The runs are varied as well as well groomed. Just a great all around experience!