- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 3
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 3
Pros: great bowls , canyons and drops
Cons: too many 1970s chairs for a modern
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2008
On the outside Kirkwood looks to be a large stand alone destination resort with condos restaurants etc. It does have great snow and terrain as other commentary will no doubt describe. But it's just not set up or run very well. The single lane into the area is a traffic snarl. The main lodge requires a good long hike to access from the parking areas. Once there the ticket booths are painfully slow. It took 45 minutes get the lift pass. Compare that to Heavenly where you can buy lift tickets at a Bay Area supermarket, clip it on your pants, scan and walk on the lift. There are a number of older 2 and 3 person lifts at critical places on the mountain that make getting around painfully slow. This year they invested in a surface lift to move advanced skiers along the ridge line to drops so they don't have to hike. I thought the 2 man chairs were 70s retro, but nope they’re going back to 1940s roots skiing at Kirkwood. Oh let’s hope Warren Miller breaks out his super8 and gets this on film. This mountain deserves more creative leadership.
"On the snow" is supose to be a good news web site. I hope you'll post this so that Kirkwood will make the improvements they so desperately need to make. I wrote them a constructive note on this last year and did not receive a response.