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THE STUFF OF LEGEND

Get ready. Pure big mountain adventure is just a 45-minute drive from Heavenly.

Kirkwood is the sirens call for those whose middle name is “adventure,” those who like their snow deep and their terrain steep. Still an undiscovered gem for many producing an average fifteen metres of snowfall, locals call it “the k-factor,” and after you’ve skied it once, you’ll be a believer for life. With the deepest, driest snow around and some of North America's most diverse and challenging terrain, Kirkwood offers big mountain riding with small town attitude.

Overview

Getting Here

The resort sits 130 km from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, (1.5 hours drive); 179 km from Sacramento International Airport, (2.5 hours drive); and 322 km from San Francisco International Airport (3.5 hours drive).

SHUTTLE BUS FROM HEAVENLY OR NORTHSTAR

Several operators provide shuttle bus services between Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the winter months. Go to Ski Shuttles.

CAR RENTAL

Car rentals are available through Hertz at the Reno International Airport and in South Lake Tahoe for your convenience.

Kirkwood Resort

WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED

Situated in a valley atop California’s Sierra Crest and surrounded by the National Forest, Kirkwood is Lake Tahoe’s highest-elevation resort. It’s solitary and intimate location among the Sierra’s rugged peaks, allows you to enjoy an entire resort to yourself.

While it's known for backcountry clinics and challenging terrain, experts laud Kirkwood for its balanced mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Expect cozy convenience and casual dining, because no matter your ability level when there's so much powder to be had, you're not going to spend much time away from the slopes.

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Kirkwood Statistics

15% Beginner
50% INTERMEDIATE
35% ADVANCED/EXPERT
2,987 m SUMMIT ELEVATION
1,524 cm ANNUALSNOWFALL
81 # OF TRAILS
Map to surrounding attractions

Don't Forget...

Heavenly/South lake Tahoe is an easy 40-minute drive from Kirkwood. If you want to base yourself where the party's at, stay on South lake and make the easy drive.

Northstar California Resort

Is a spectacular 90-minute drive around Lake Tahoe - an experience in and of itself. Learn More

Experience all 3 - the Best of Tahoe - on the one pass.

Activities

Kirkwood Resort

E:K Discovery Series

This NEW series is designed to take intermediates and expert skiers/riders to the next level. Expedition: Kirkwood recognizes it takes perseverance, dedication and hard work to get to the next level. So, we have created 3 session series combining the unique terrain Kirkwood has to offer with the top coaches to give you a one of a kind series. Whether you want to hone your skills in the steeps, navigate the signature chutes of Kirkwood, explore off the top of Kirkwood’s cornices & bowls or just ski/ride around with the ladies, we have a series for you.

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E:K CAT TOURS

Expedition Guides and Patrollers lead groups to the freshest turns on these four run sessions. Cat Skiing operations follow significant storms when conditions permit, and operate at Martin Point. Avalanche beacons, probes and backpacks are provided, however, guests are strongly encouraged to bring own gear if they have it. Open to advanced to expert skiers and riders.

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CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

Cross Country at Kirkwood offers 80km of groomed trails at 2,377 metres and the most spectacular scenery and exciting terrain in the west. Next to the Kirkwood Inn and nestled in a beautiful Alpine Valley, our diverse terrain offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing for all abilities. Sip on hot chocolate beside the wood burning stove in the day lodge or warm up in one of our three trailside warming huts, then finish the perfect day with a scrumptious meal at the historic Kirkwood Inn..

Dining

Kirkwood Resort

SALOON STYLE

Dine in a turn-of-the-century log cabin that once served as Kirkwood’s only post office and stagecoach depot. The historic Kirkwood Inn & Saloon was built in 1864 and now offers Western cuisine like its award-winning Comstock Chili and the Inn Keepers Meat Loaf.

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K-BAR

End your day at the K! The K-Bar is Kirkwood’s freshest après spot… a European-style umbrella bar invites guests to stop and take a break from the slopes to enjoy our signature cocktail; The Kirkwood Connection; a beer; or a bite to eat.

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WALL BAR

The Wall Bar & Restaurant is Kirkwood’s only full-service dining in the heart of the Village - Kirkwood’s choice dining spot for wild game burgers, gourmet salads, and the signature Wall Bar Mac n’ Cheese. A true, all American experience..

Accommodation

Kirkwood Resort

JOIN THE CLUB

Located slopeside, the Mountain Club Hotel Condominiums offer ski-in/ski-out luxury with a sauna, hot tub, ski lockers, full kitchens, gas fireplaces, underground parking and more. Units range from double queen hotel rooms to two-bedroom loft condos.

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POWDER-WATCH IN LUXURY FROM THE LODGE AT KIRKWOOD

Watch the snow fall in comfort in one of our spacious luxury condos. Luxury condos include one, two, and three bedrooms equipped with full kitchens and plenty of room to relax. In addition, large families or groups can enjoy après ski in style with spacious townhomes..

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SPACIOUS MOUNTAINSIDE TOWNHOMES

Timber Ridge offers Luxury 2,200 sq. ft. three bedroom townhomes mountain side location, full gourmet kitchens, whirlpool tubs, gas fire places, private garage (2 vehicles) and wifi. Townhomes sleeps 9-10 and three bedroom loft townhomes sleeps 10-12!

Events

Kirkwood Resort

RAHLVES' BANZAI TOUR

The Rahlves' Banzai Tour is racing in it's purest form. Big mountain freeride meets ski / boarder-cross action! Taking place at three Lake Tahoe resorts, Kirkwood is a staple of the Banzai. It's head-to-head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills. Come take part in the fun and find out what you are made of.

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NEW YEARS EVE

New Year’s Eve at Kirkwood is special… remote, big mountain, pristine. Join us for our annual torchlight and fireworks display. Don’t just watch, participate with us! Sign up for the Torchlight parade in our Guest Service office located in the Village Plaza.

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DISCOVER THE STEEPS

This terrain specific series will focus on the unique Kirkwood terrain offers along with the exploration and skill development it takes to successfully ski/ride these areas with confidence. We will discover what it takes to ski the steeps of this mountain from top to bottom. Groups are arranged based on ability and snow conditions, and range in size from three to six people. Check back at the website for dates in January and February, 2017.