Kirkwood

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Kirkwood
Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

Overall

4

Kirkwood is located south of Heavenly and offers Lake Tahoe’s most challenging skiing arguably. Kirkwood has the highest base elevation and boasts the deepest, driest snow on its double black diamond terrain. Experts crave Kirkwood's serious steep and deep including the legendary “Wall.” But Kirkwood has lower mountain terrain to satisfy families on their 2,300 ac. A modest base lodge and friendly local crowd are different than more ski resort-esque Heavenly, Squaw and Alpine and Northstar around Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood is now a sister resort to Vail and part of the Vail's Epic Pass, so you can combine a Lake Tahoe trip with other Vail Resorts, Heavenly and Northstar. There is no slopeside lodging at Kirkwood, so make it a day trip while staying in South Shore Lake Tahoe and ski the 2,300 ac ski area.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Kirkwood vs
KirkwoodBear Mountain
beginner12 %42 %
intermediate30 %39 %
advanced38 %3 %
expert20 %16 %
total runs86 38
ski area2,300ac 748ac
summit elevation9,800ft 8,804ft
total lifts15 13
child lift ticket$82 $40
adult lift ticket$112 $99
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall286″ 58″

Kirkwood Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 32 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Good!

3.8 / 5

May 01, 2018
Avradip M. Avradip M.
advanced snowboarder
Probably the best place to ski in Tahoe area. But Vail is ruining this place. Not enough parking, no new investment for the lift infrastructure, closing down the place in early April when they have enough snow for skiing until June. The list can go on, but nobody can beat the place for the terrain and snow quality.... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Apr 25, 2018
Isabelle T. Isabelle T.
intermediate snowboarder
Accidentally found this mtn in 1/15. Past 2 season were fabulous. This yr was a bit of a late start. Love being a kw homeowner, loved working PT ticket sales.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
CSCraig S.
advanced snowboarder
One of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. The snow is always awesome compared to many other resorts in the area. The terrain is for more advanced riders and the atmosphere is awesome. Lots of tree runs, and many great powder days.... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
SHStephen H.
beginner snowboarder
Only ridden kirkwood one but had loads of fun. Lots of wide open terrain great for lots of style riders. I found quite a few good runs for begginners all the way to runs i didnt get off the lift for lol. Definately an all around mountain.... More
Average!

3.4 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
KNKevin N.
expert skier
The place to go for challenging steeps, deep snow, laid-back atmosphere, and cold apres-ski beer. Enough out of the way to keep the posers at bay. Short on crowds, big on hidden treasures. ... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
CFCole F.
advanced snowboarder
This resort is a very fun place to ski/ snowboard for riders of every level, it is one of my favorite resorts. This is the place my friends and I always choose to go to and will continue to go here.... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Kirkwood used to be the bastion for killer riding and the ability to avoid crowds, then Vail bought it. Not gonna start a rant, at least the mountain didn't die. A lot of money has been pumped into it since, which is nice, and since it is a bit of a haul from South Lake it is typically less crowded than other resorts it's size in the area. Lots of... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
RIRichard I.
advanced snowboarder
The hidden gem of Tahoe. The most snow on average of all the resorts and enough of a drive to keep the lift lines shorter than most other places. Head for the wall to get your steep on.... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
JSJacob S.
advanced skier
Riding the wood is not an experience you will br regretting, even if the excitement of the heaven like snow encourages past your capabilities and am injury ends your day. Not saying that happened to me!... More
Average!

2.7 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
RPRobert P.
beginner skier
Niceplace I would consider going back again. , last time I was there the transmission went out of my car. Has been over 40 years since I skied there. drive by it all the time it's still beautiful.... More
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