Kirkwood

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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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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
Superb!5 / 5Oct 05, 2017
SDScott D.
Absolutely love this place. Steep and deep. Lots of great tree runs. There is always some place with good snow on the mountain. I always leave, anticipating when I will be able to return next.
Superb!5 / 5Oct 03, 2017
MHMiles H.
I absolutely love Kirkwood's down-home vibe and friendly, inclusive atmosphere. The lodges are well-designed and have a nice home away from home feel. The views and snow are spectacular as well. I know I'll keep coming back for the foreseeable future!

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