As an east coast resident and a 20+ year skier (NC, VA, WV, only), I had always longed to "go out west" to experience the real powder. Some of our family bought a place at the lake and invited us out so we finally planned the trip and arrived to find very warm temps and no powder anywhere. We skied SV the first day and I loved the mtn. but conditions were terrible. I could've found better at home. The next day we decided to travel an hour to Kirkwood to check out the "best snow pak" and I must say we found it! It was by far the best sking I have experienced and to top it off it snowed about a foot while we were there. I broke a binding early in the day so I visited the demo shop and got hooked up with some great equipment. Your staff is very friendly and as it turned out it is a small world after all as the guy that helped me was from my home town near Asheville, NC. You have a great resort and I will be returning next year on our newly scheduled annual trip. Thanks Kirkwood.