Great terrain and deep pow
Avalanch control went on into the day, super slow chairs.
I hit Kirwood with friends after/during some serious dump in mid January. Kirk is definitely my favorite Tahoe Area mountain. Great terrain and advanced riders will be entertained on the lift that goes to the Wall (don't remember the name) and the Cornice Express. They take you up into the sky and you can ride steep, open powder on the wall or find yourself some chutes and bowls with sweet double blacks.
The backside was closed due to avalanche control for most of the day, but that may be because they'd had something like 22" the 24 hours before I got there. Its a lot of fun when the pow is so deep you can barely turn your board.
Its not the fanciest of resorts if you're talking about the bars/restaurants, but if you want good long steeps I highly recommend hitting it up on a powder day.