Kirkwood

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Kirkwood Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
36% off $697
Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $648
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
31% off $765
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
30% off $515
The Landing Resort & Spa
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
23% off $821
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Overall
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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 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″
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Kirkwood Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 41 reviews

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Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 08, 2017
ACAdam C.
advanced skier
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... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 07, 2017
JJustin
intermediate snowboarder
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... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 26, 2017
BCBryant C.
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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 22, 2017
RLRob L.
The best place in Tahoe to be when the magic white stuff is falling from the sky! Blissful times to be had with amazing runs and sites to be seen! Staff are from far and near which adds to the experience and always leaves a smile on your day! Always a pleasure to go and return year after year! Hope to see you all soon!
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 20, 2017
SRSean R.
Just the drive out to Kirkwood is an adventure in itself... But when you arrive and head up the lifts, the real rodeo begins! Steeps, deeps, canyons & bowls await...
Superb!5 / 5Oct 18, 2017
RGRob G.
By far the best place to go in Tahoe on powder day! So much open space and smaller crowds than other resorts. "The Wall" is a perfect mix of steep and deep with trails at the bottom!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 11, 2017
OHOtis H.
Kirkwood is my all time favorite resort. It is way out in the middle of no where. Gets a lot of snow and the terrain is awesome. The staff is helpful and cool and it is never as crowded as other resorts in Tahoe
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 08, 2017
JJason
Kirkwood has plenty of great terrain, and is one of the lesser known jewels in the lake Tahoe area. Being so close to Reno makes it easy to get to from just about anywhere in the country.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 07, 2017
ARAdam R.
Has everything you could want, had season passes here for many years. Best skiing in Tahoe, and lot of fun activities in the town during the off season. Good conditions if you follow the sun.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
JSJoseph S.
kirkwood is by far my favorite resort in the Tahoe area. I haven't missed a season there since I was three years old. Great steeps and off piest stuff too! I would love to win this.

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