- 22 Resorts
- Consistent Snow
- Diverse destinations
- Resorts open before those of many other states
- Home to Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year-round mountain destination located along the Sierra Crest in the Eldorado National Forest south of Lake Tahoe in California. The terrain at Kirkwood offers skiers and riders everything from long groomed trails to expert lines and chutes. The resort receives abundant snowfall each season coupled with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The village contains ski in, ski out accommodations with adjacent shops and restaurants. The resort also plays host to other activities including cross country skiing, snow shoeing, dog sled tours and backcountry access.
Kirkwood is situated in close proximity to three major airports: Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) is the closest, followed by Sacramento International (SMF), and San Francisco International (SFO).
From Reno/Tahoe International Airport: U.S. 395 South to State Route 88 West. Exit the Airport on E. Plumb Ln. (go 0.2 mi.) to US Hwy 395 South (go 7.5 mi.). Take exit 57B to remain on US 395 (go 35.2 mi.). Turn right onto Hwy 88 (go 34 mi.). Turn left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 90 min.)
From South Lake Tahoe: US 50 West to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West. Take US 50 (Lake Tahoe Blvd.) West to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Rd. (the combined road US 50 West / Hwy 89 South) (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 35 min.)
From North Lake Tahoe via the East Shore (West Shore often closes at Emerald Bay in the Winter for avalanche control): Route 28 E to Hwy 50 W to Route 89 South to 88 West Take NV Route 28 East/South ( go 13 mi. from Incline Village). Turn Right onto US 50 West (go 17.4 mi.) to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Rd. (the combined road US 50 West / Hwy 89 South) (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.) Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 60 min.)
From The San Francisco Bay: Via Hwy 88 - If the Carson Spur on Hwy 88 is Open: Interstate 580 East to Interstate 205 to Interstate 5 North to Route 4 East to Route 99 North to Route 88 East. Connect with Interstate 580 East from your area (about 44 miles from the Bay Bridge) to Interstate 205 East (go 13.5 mi.) to Interstate 5 North (go 13.3 mi.). Exit Downtown Stockton Hwy 4 East (go 3.4 mi.) to Hwy 99 North (go 1.8 mi.). Exit CA Hwy 88 toward Jackson (go 97.4 mi.) - (Be sure follow signs to stay on Hwy 88 after Clements and in downtown Jackson). Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 3.25 hrs.)
Via Hwy 50 - If the Carson Spur on Hwy 88 is Closed: Interstate 80 East to Hwy 50 East to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West. Take Interstate 80 from your area to Sacramento where I-80 becomes US 50 East (go 93 mi. on US 50) Turn Right on CA Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 3.5 hrs. from the Bay Bridge).
Most airports offer shuttle service in some form or another. Our best recommendation is to speak with your travel agent at the time of booking to find out more, or search for shuttle information on the individual airport websites.
For those traveling directly from the Bay Area, the Bay Area Ski Bus offers service to Kirkwood on several weekends throughout the winter. NACSKI also offers shuttle service to the resort throughout winter.
Kirkwood has partnered with several shuttle companies throughout Northern California in addition to those listed here. For information about the various shuttle companies click here to view a current listing.
Flying into the Reno-Tahoe airport? The South Tahoe Express offers shuttle service directly to Stateline at the casinos. From Stateline, you can hop on the Kirkwood Shuttle at one of various locations. Click here for more details on the Kirkwood Shuttle.