Kirkwood California


4.4 / 5

based on 30 reviews


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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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 30 reviews

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CSCraig S.
advanced snowboarder

4.5 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
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
SHStephen H.
beginner snowboarder

3.6 / 5

Dec 01, 2017
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
KNKevin N.
expert skier

3.4 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
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
CFCole F.
advanced snowboarder

4.8 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
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
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder

3.6 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
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... More
RIRichard I.
advanced snowboarder

4.4 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
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
JSJacob S.
advanced skier

4.9 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
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
RPRobert P.
beginner skier

2.7 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
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
MSManny S.
expert snowboarder

4.9 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
Mid week is the best time to ride...No crowd. Getting to Kirkwood could be a pain if it dumps.but then again worth the drive. The finger chutes are worthy of any powder day checking out.... More
TSTojz S.
expert snowboarder

3.7 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
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 ... More


High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
Triple Chairs
Double Chair
Surface Lifts


7,800 feet
9,800 feet
Vertical drop
2,000 feet


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
2 miles
Skiable Terrain
2,300 acres
Snowmaking Area
200 acres
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