Far from the maddening crowd, Kirkwood's mountain layout still appeals to the soul of skiers. Hip, singular and with the self-contained feel of a remote mountain retreat, Kirkwood is a world unto itself. But it's ironic that for all the eye-popping pitches, and rugged pulchritude lurking within Kirkwood's intestines, the mountain is friendly to all, cradling the novice and purring to families. Since1997, under a new ownership group led by ex-Disney CEO Chuck Cobb, Kirkwood launched a $250 million 10 year real estate driven improvement project. Today, guests are supported by a newly developed village that includes a heated plaza full of retail shops, restaurants, ice rink and something new to Kirkwood: an energized nightlife.