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Home : Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts : Kirkwood

Kirkwood Resources

    Stats
  • Vertical 2,000 feet
  • 2,200 Acres
  • Average Snowfall 500+ inches
  • 65+ Runs
  • 2 Hi Speed Quads
  • 8 Fixed Grip lifts

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 Kirkwood Meadow.
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 every year.
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.

Articles
4-03-07 Craig Garbiel wins again
6-20-05 June 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.
9-09-05 2004-2005 Photo Recap

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