Known for its deep snow, spectacular Sierra scenery and some of the best and steepest ski terrain in the west, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a resort that stands apart from all the rest.
Less than an hour’s drive from The Ridge Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort sits on the northern edge of the high Sierra, has a base elevation of 7,800 feet and is directly in the path of the huge Pacific storms that roll across Northern California every winter.
The resort straddles three counties: El Dorado, Amador and Alpine. Kirkwood consistently receives the most snowfall in the Tahoe region averaging 600 inches of snow annually, more than 40 feet. Because of its terrain and location it is less reliant on snowmaking machines, and is usually the first resort to see significant accumulation and the last resort to see all the snow melt off in the spring. Snowmaking accounts for 5% of mountain trails.
Kirkwood has a summit elevation of 9,800 feet, a vertical rise of 2,000 feet, has 2,300 acres of skiable terrain and 80-plus trails. It is known as the skier’s ski resort because of its epic runs. Twenty percent of the terrain at Kirkwood is considered expert, 38% advanced, 30% intermediate and 12% beginning.
The resort has 15 lifts, including two high speed quads, six triple chairs, three surface lifts, two magic carpets and one fixed grip quad. It has two terrain parks, Bandit Park with eight features, and the larger Outlaw Park, with 10 features. Kirkwood offers two zones of cross country skiing at its Cross Country and Snowshoe Center. There are 80 kilometers of skating and snowshoe lanes, beginner to expert.
Kirkwood’s signature mountain adventure series, Expedition: Kirkwood (or E:K), invites skiers and riders to experience the mountain’s legendary terrain in a variety of clinics, camps and guided tours. Offered exclusively at Kirkwood, E:K Beyond Boundaries offers guests the opportunity to explore the mountain’s famous ridgelines, chutes and bowls with one of Kirkwood’s professional private guides.
Explore steeps of lore such as Cliff Chutes, Lost Cabin and Lightning, as well as a few secret descents which remain off the map, known only by Kirkwood’s veteran skiers and riders. E:K Beyond Boundaries offers skiers and riders the “inside scoop” of Kirkwood – all while benefitting from professional coaching of tenured expert guides.
Kirkwood offers you a range of dining options with restaurants at the Red Cliffs Cafe, Kirkwood Inn, The Wall Bar and Grill, The Cornice Grill, Monte Wolfe’s Mountain Kitchen, Mountain Burger and Barbecue, Timber Creek Cafe/Snowshoe Thompson’s, the K-Bar, Outback Mountain Grill and the Kirkwood General Store.
See the latest mountain action on its live resort cam at Kirkwood Base and Cornice. The new snow stake cam offers still images of the snow stake which are updated within minutes.
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