Ski, board and backcountry adventure await at Kirkwood Mountain Resort

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.

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