Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year-round resort in Kirkwood, California south of Lake Tahoe that focuses on skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking and mountain-biking in summer. Kirkwood is one of the region's larger resorts, and is well known for having one of the highest average snowfalls and a broad selection of advanced skiing terrain. The mountain is unique in that it has 2 mi (3.2 km) ridgeline at the top. This makes Kirkwood popular for cliff drops and cornices. Kirkwood received 804 in (2,040 cm) of snow during the 2005-2006 ski season. Average seasonal snow fall is 472 in (1,200 cm) second only to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in the Sierra Nevada. Kirkwood is approximately 33 mi (53 km) south of South Lake Tahoe, California on State Route 88 and is contained within the Eldorado National Forest. Most of the region's resorts are at the northern end of the lake, near Truckee, California. Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Heavenly are located on the southern side of the lake.

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  • While out of the way from South Lake Tahoe, would definitely recommend the trip for a full day of skiing on the weekend. Kirkwood is the most challenging out of the three on the Epic pass and is...  more »
  • Four of us stayed at the Kirkwood Lodge. I was a little concerned when they wrote that our room keys would be left in the lodge foyer because no one would be in the lobby because of covid. They were....  more »
  • Not fun for beginners and intermediate skiers. Over 2 thirds of Kirkwood is advanced terrain, so it's recommended that intermediate skiers try another resort. Now, if you like interesting features like cliff skiing, Kirkwood is your place.
  • It was an amazing place. It was already closed for the season, the little grocery store was still open. They make the best hot sandwiches on a snowy day. So much snow for the kids to play in. And the people in the store a super friendly and helpful. Need to go back when everything is open.

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