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Home - Ski Resorts - Kirkwood

The Vitals 

Vertical : 2,000'
Base Elevation : 7,800'
Acres : 2,200
Snowfall : 500"

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On busy days the parking can be gone before 10. Gone as in you have to drive back to Tahoe.


There are two very different faces to Kirkwood, and then many different expressions to each. Many people think of Kirkwood's extreme face, which is well documented on this site as well as dozens of others. What most people don't know is that the Timber Creek area features some of the best learning terrain in Tahoe. This is long, gentle, beginner terrain in an offset area of the mountain with it's own lodge and three lifts.
Most people know of the legendary steeps within Kirkwood's boundaries. More are now becoming aware of the quality of the backcountry just outside the access gates. When the gates are open, you can find great lines heading out of Kirkwood in any direction. Speaking of backcountry access, Kirkwood and BackcountryAccess have teamed up to present Beacon Basin, an avalanche beacon training area in the heart of the village. The wood may be home to great big mountain style skiing, but the park scene also rips, with the biggest kicker sitting right in front of the village for everyone to see.
The summer features many expressions as well. While it's still the same rugged Kirkwood we've come to know and love, it also has a softer side. Wildflowers are abundant as the snow melts and the water rushes down the gullies and percolates from the porous igneous rock. Kirkwood Mountain is also home to a championship disc golf course, Discwood, as well as horseback riding and the South Shore's only mountain bike park. The summer brings wildflower festivals, wine tastings, and chili cookoffs with live music and fun for the whole family.

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