Been to Kirkwood a few times and enjoyed it every time. This is top 2 mountains I've riden and I've been all over. Lift lines are usually short and theres alot of expert terrain. If you like the steeps and not the gondolas-this is the place for you! Hit The Wall and then the Drain when the snow is fresh. All the runs off of Cornice Express are good and make your way over to the Sentinenel Bowl-this is great too. Kirkwood is like one big bowl w/ consistant sloping, so you can do back to back fast nonstop runs(top to bottom)- so the you get to enjoy all of the verticle drop. Not a series of mid mountain lifts like Heavenly. Not a great place for beginners but there is a few greens off of Snowkirk. Definitely worth the drive from South Tahoe, and its been our experience-the hwy is typically in better shape then the signs/news report. But always be prepared! I'm sure there's alot more good runs that I've missed but -thats my 2cents thus far!