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Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood
(4.4/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • If you want a quiet, out of the way place to get away, Kirkwood may be it. Hiking trails, bike rental (weekends only), lakes, mountains and alpine beauty out of the heat. Only 30 minutes from South La...  more »
  • This was my first time to Kirkwood and I was very happy with it. There was something for everyone. They had trail routes and very challenging ski runs along with some easier coasting runs. I would def...  more »
  • Kirkwood has more than 60% of their leads among blacks and double diamonds. For skiing, is one of the best ski resorts I've ever been to. Much better than the huge Heavenly which is a station for beginners and intermediates. Out price: USD 75 against USD 120 of Heavenly. It's only 35 minutes from South Lake Tahoe and has a great ski school with prices more into account-USD 60 (per person) for 3:00 of group class up to 3 people. It also has a very nice hotel, with good shops and restaurants. And support staff more cordial and polite I've ever seen in my life of 35 years. I had a problem with my pass validation upon arrival and to solve the problem was spectacular, a unique professionalism. Next time you go to Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood will be my season.
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  • Awesome resort..far enough away where you don't get long lines for lifts like heavenly...parking was easy to find..the runs can't be beat. Solitude and the wall were awesome. Great staff kept lift seats dry and moving quickly. food a little pricey but you can bring your own lunch. Lodge is a bit packed during lunch but same goes for all the resorts.
  • Love this ski resort. Lots of options for difficulty level, high elevation means good snow even if its a bad year. Well taken care of, plenty of parking, has some pretty good runs.
  • Without a doubt- best snow and resort in the Sierra! Highest base altitude, most accumulation of all the resorts and if you are a snowboarder- best natural terrain. Don't tell anyone though.
  • It was good! There was plenty to ski and the weather was a ton of fun. The food was good but a little on the slow end. Overall the food was worth the wait. The staff were friendly.
  • Great mountain with lots of different and dynamic slopes. The base mountain is great with lots of meal choices and drinks. My favorite ski resort around Lake Tahoe