Epic snow, great terrain variety, no crowds, friendly staff
Less lodging/nightlife (but this helps keep the crowds down!)
Kirkwood is the best of the best for Tahoe, and those who have discovered it return year after year. It has a small-mountain, community vibe, but plenty of terrain variety and hidden trails to explore to keep you challenged for the whole season. I love boarding at Kirkwood, but I was somewhat reluctant to post this review because I don't want the secret to get out! The best thing about Kirkwood is the lack of crowds! Lift lines are short or entirely absent and the slopes are never crowded, since the mountain is far from the casinos and nightlife of South Lake Tahoe. Don't tell too many people about this wonderful hidden gem!