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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  • This is our most favorite ski resort when staying in South Lake Tahoe or Pioneer; about 45 minutes away. We feel that it has the best snow conditions in the South Shore area. The mountain is big, so....  more »
  • Beautiful bluebird day for skiing. Various slope available for all runs. I will say is good for beginners though there isn't any good snow for the last couple of days. But still good for green...  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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