Kirkwood Mountain Resort
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. Combine this with
Kids Ski Free Sundays, and you have one of the best family resorts
around. Another great idea for the kids is a dog sled tour of
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.
While the 'wood has a reputation as a wild mountain, it has the only
true ski-in ski-out luxury
lodging on Tahoe's southern shore. with more coming almost
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 with live music and fun for the whole family.
4-03-07 Craig Garbiel wins
Powder at the Wood- What can your resort do?
2-10-05 A Day at the Wood
(and my new topo map software.)
6-07-05 Powder Pros -
A behind the scenes look at opening the resort on a powder day.
Cat's Out of the Bag
US Freeskiing Championships