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.
Opening and closing dates
|Season||Open Date||Close Date|
|2017/2018||11/25/2017 (estimated)||04/18/2018 (estimated)|
Lift ticket and season pass prices
|Category||Age restrictions||Price (USD unless otherwise stated)|
|Adult||19 - 64||$94|
|Child||5 - 12||$69|
|Child||13 - 18||$85|
|Senior||65 & over||$85|
Kirkwood is my jam it's kind of far out there but well worth the drive. The train is diverse and gnarly. Not for the faint of heart. Wax on Daniel son
If you enjoy the feeling of nausea when you have to caterpillarflop yourself out feet of snow after your knees give out from endless carves or you like skiing backcountry and forgetting other people on the planet also ski, this is the resort for you. Try not to get lost walking across the parking lot to your lodge.
Kirkwood is the best! It is a little tough th get to, especially on a powder day, but she s well worth the effort. The mountain is great, and ski patrol/snow safety team is to notch.
Being an hour from Lake Tahoe and three hours from the Bay Area makes Kirkwood a little out of the way and secluded but it more than makes up for it with great skiing. The mountain receives the best snow in the area by far due to its elevation and due to its distance from major areas it stays traffic free most of the time making for some epic powder days. As for night life there are a few bars throughout the valley and great eats. Nothing extravagant, a very modest resort but I love to ski and would recommend Kirkwood to anyone.
One of my favorite places to snowboard displaced rips always have fresh powder and the slopes are groomed and a very nice I've never had any issues here love this place
best terrain in the tahoe area! getting to and from kirkwood is sometimes an issue when weather is challenging but the reward is absolutely worth it! it does not even compare to other resorts in the area.
Kirkwood is a great ski resort great snow sometimes gets a little crowded it would be nice if they upgraded most of the lifts to high-speed chairs especially sunrise in the back
Kirkwood resort is easily the best ski destination in the Tahoe area. Whether you take chair 7 and learn how the basics of risk it all on chair 10 The Wall, you will not find a better variety of runs or quality of snow pack in the area.
Although it’s just a few miles south of Lake Tahoe, there’s something about Kirkwood that feels uniquely remote. As you drive through the frozen woods and across meadows buried in mountains of snow, you eventually arrive at a mountain with truly uncommon offerings. Skiing at Kirkwood is like going on a cross country trek, only at high speed. As you get off you first lift you can ski what seems like an incredible distance in the opposite direction from where you came. At the end of that run you can take the next lift to a new part of the mountain, even more remote from your point of origin. And so it continues until you find yourself virtually alone in some wide bowl out of site from your starting place, seeming lost in another world, frozen in time.
This is my brothers and my favorite resort. If you an intermediate boarder or better then this is the best place in Tahoe. hard for beginners and diffcult to get to means it never crowded and it has an awesome backcountry.