Kirkwood

Overview of Kirkwood, California

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

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-acres. 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-acre ski area.

Elevation

Base
7800 feet
Base
Summit
9800 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
2000 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

High Speed Quads
2
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
1
Quad Chair
Triple Chairs
6
Triple Chairs
Double Chair
1
Double Chair
Surface Lifts
5
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
12 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
30 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
38 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
20 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
86
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
2
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
2 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
2300 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
200 acres
Snowmaking Area