You’ve skied all day at Heavenly and are now looking for the next big adventure.

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. And as part of our ski package you don’t have to miss out on the fun.

Kirkwood is a resort you won't want to miss during your ski vacation.

Kirkwood is a resort you won’t want to miss during your ski vacation.

Kirkwood consistently receives the most snowfall in the Tahoe region averaging 600 inches of snow annually, that’s more than 40 feet. Because of its terrain and location it is less reliant on snowmaking machines, 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 percent 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.

Kirkwood is known as the skier’s ski resort because of its challenging runs. Twenty percent of the terrain at Kirkwood is considered expert, 38 percent advanced, 30 percent intermediate and 12 percent beginning.

The resort offers 15 lifts, including 2 high speed quads, 6 triple chairs, 3 surface lifts, 2 magic carpets and 1 fixed grip quad. It has two terrain parks, and 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. Lessons and rentals are available.

Expedition Kirkwood is for the avid adventurer looking for a more intimate experience by offering lift access to backcountry opportunities within the resort boundaries making an ideal setting for specialty clinics, private guides and backcountry awareness offerings.

Kirkwood offers you a range of dining options with restaurants at the Kirkwood Inn and Saloon, Off the Wall Bar and Grill, The Cornice Grill, Monte Wolfe’s Mountain Kitchen, Mountain Burger, Snowshoe Thompson’s Bar and Grill, the K-Bar, Outback Mountain Grill and the Kirkwood General Store.

This season guests will have access to a live view of Kirkwood’s snowfall via a snow stake web camera to go along with its already spectacular live resort web cam. The new cam offers still images of the snow stake that are taken every five minutes, as well as, options for several different time lapse snowfall videos.

The snow stake cam is impressive. Besides monitoring the snowfall 24 hours a day, seven days a week in real time, the snow stake clears itself every morning automatically by turning over, rotating 180 degrees. This clearing will take place every morning at 5:40 a.m.

The live snow stake is part of a Vail Resorts initiative to improve the snow reporting process. Kirkwood, Heavenly Mountain and Northstar all use this new snow cam system.

How do you spend your day at Kirkwood?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.