Kirkwood

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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

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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.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
DDale
Most underrated resort in California in my opinion. Kirkwood has great snow even when the rest of Tahoe is dry or warm, and it has a great variety of terrain for all skiers and snowboarders. The backside (Sunset chair) is especially fun. It's not flashy like some other Tahoe resorts, but you won't regret going there.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 06, 2017
DBDaniel B.
Backcountry off-piste terrain, chairlift access. Not many places I'd rather be when it's deep. Base has a laid-back vibe. The community of skiers and riders are there to be on the mountain getting Xteme. Not huge built up resort/restaurants. Just a gnarly mountain, few chairlifts, radical people, and lots of good times

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