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Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort

About 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe lies Kirkwood Mountain Resort. It may be remote, but in this solitary horseshoe canyon, climate and geography conspire to create one of the purest, most authentic, big-mountain ski experiences in North America. Kirkwood is the siren call for those adventure seekers who prefer their snow deep and their terrain steep. Home to the Freeride World Tour, the resort features some of the country’s most diverse and challenging inbounds terrain. From cornices to couloirs…from wide-open bowls to chutes too tight to turn a ski in…Kirkwood offers 2300 acres of mountain that will challenge skiers and riders from first chair to last. And if you’re craving prolific, majestic, magical snow, this is where you’ll find that rare blend of quantity and quality. Averaging more than 600 inches per year, it comes down lighter and drier and piles up much deeper at Kirkwood than anywhere else in the region.
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  • Traveled for the day and was well worth it,,, Wonderful Snow in a hide away spot,,, Lift operators were not that professional... but I think they are rebelling a bit due to being purchased by Vail... ...  more »
  • Okay so I purchased the epic Tahoe pass this season so I had access to Northstar, Heavenly & Kirkwood. I went over 20 times this season so these reviews are comparing the 3 resorts. Just some backgrou...  more »
  • I'm from salt lake city, and I grew up skiing there. I came to the Tahoe area to experience a different kind of skiing. I enjoyed Kirkwood... great snow, beautiful terrain... but I'm only giving 3 sta...  more »
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  • I will never forget "The Wall". You may see the death symbol on a flag from bottom. Entering the cable car, the same. We have taken it as a challenge. To start on your snowboard needs a little concentration. But after the one and other cave it starts to get in a more easy terrain. Riding down in Californian sun on top of a snowboard was so much fun. The very well prepared ski runs. And all the little gifts from nature. We also enjoyed the good local food and drinks at the restaurants. On top: never forgotten scenic views. You see all the ski runs waiting for you.
  • There was a snowstorm the night before so the conditions were amazing! The drive up was a through a canyon made of snow. Don't forget your snow tires or snow chains! The security checkpoints in the area won't let pass without them.
  • Awesome place to ride. However Vail owns it and has cut back services so badly you better be self sufficient. Place needs a market open later than 5 pm and restaurants that don't shut down at will.
  • Great Skiing area! Lots of diversity in the slope difficulty. Good snow and you can find a slope with sun on it all day long. Short waits at the lifts. The skiing lessons are awesome. We used lessons for toddlers, kids and a beginner lesson for grown ups. The pricing for lessons and lift tickets is on the higher end but still fair. Both kids made impressive progress during their lessons, the toddler went from first time on skis to the first real lift within one day. I reduce by one star because when it comes to food, lodging, or buying/renting something things get bizarre. As awesome the skiing instructors are as horrible is the staff in the resort lodge and the resort restaurants, also some of the administrative staff just don't want to help. For example three yo ride for free but still need a lift ticket, actually easy process but we needed to find the right person (thanks to Gina at the lesson registration desk!!) to simply do it. The person in the season pass office claimed it was not possible at all and sent us off. Literally everything costs double the price it would cost in a normal store in the next town, but you get a big deal of attitude with your credit card receipt. Tip: If you are sent off by unhelpful staff try to find a different person to help. The quality among the service staff is very diverse.
  • Great for exploring as it has a cool mix of groomed and easy to access ungroomed terrain. Best for intermediate and up skill levels. While there is some stuff for beginners, the magic of this mountain is exploring the more challenging terrain. My only gripe (and hence 4 stars not 5) is that most of the chair lifts are very slow. There is one big express but the rest are slow. Also the signage on the mountain (so you know which run you're going down) is fairly sparse... which for a new visitor can be challenging and you'll find yourself unfolding your little map on chairlifts etc. at least you're not rushed in doing so ;)