Description - Boasting the deepest snow in North America for five out of the last six seasons, Kirkwood is known as the home of Tahoe's deepest snow. Known as one of Lake Tahoe's premier ski resorts and a local's favorite, skiers and snowboarders looking for the challenge of steep chutes, powder filled open bowls and numerous runs with varying terrain call Kirkwood their home. Rated by a leading skiing publication as one of the top ten resorts for on-mountain experience, Kirkwood achieved its high marks based on its snow quality, terrain quality, and terrain challenge.
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A Kirkwood snowboarder catches big air
- Kirkwood offers 12 lifts, a 2,000 foot vertical descent and over 68 runs to choose from. The lift system includes one high-speed quad chair, one fixed-grip quad, seven triple chairs, one double chair and two surface lifts. With its chutes, wide open bowls, rock drops and long gullies, Kirkwood provides an abundance of freeriding snowboard terrain. A man-made terrain park adds more fun for snowboarders.
Kirkwood Lodging Services rents privately owned slopeside condominiums all centrally located around the Mountain Village. The Village's Rocky Mountain-style pedestrian plaza is the center of activity with a bonfire, music, food and shopping all located there.
Kirkwood's 80 kilometers of cross-country ski trails offer diverse terrain for skiers of all abilities. Skiers or snowshoers can climb ridge tops, glide along the base of impressive lava cliffs and roll along creeks through picturesque meadows. The Cross Country Day Lodge houses a ski school and ski shop, as well as a rental shop fully stocked with standard, skating and telemark gear.
Woody's Family Fun Zone, adjacent to Chair #1 offers inner tubing, sledding, tray-sliding races and rides on the snow volcano. The park is open to all ages in the afternoons and evenings.
Recreation - Kirkwood offers 2,300 acres of excellent ski and snowboard terrain. In addition, it also offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and sledding.
Climate - Changeable weather conditions are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin throughout the year. Winter storms may occur from September through June, with heavy snow accumulations likely. Kirkwood expects an average of 500 inches of snow annually. Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level to the mountain peaks.
Kirkwood is located to the south of Lake Tahoe, off California Highway 88. Scenic Highway 88 provides hassle-free travel to Kirkwood from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and Lake Tahoe, as well as Reno and the Carson Valley. You'll find the lack of traffic on Highway 88 makes it an excellent alternative to the more congested Highway 50 and Interstate 80 when traveling to and from the Lake Tahoe area.
Kirkwood is approximately 90 minutes by car from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, 35 minutes from the South Lake Tahoe Airport, 3 1/4 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 hours from Sacramento.
Directions from Reno: Use U.S. 395 south and State Route 88 west. (90 minutes)
Directions from Sacramento: Take State Routes 16 East, 49 south then 88 east through Jackson (2 hrs.)
Normal Ski Season:
Mid-November through May.