What's Your #KirkwoodDeep Story: It was the last weekend of the 13/14 season and a storm was on the way and the stoke level was rising. I headed out bright and early on a Friday morning to do some POW hunting. Everyone knows that when you want to ride POW you go to Kirkwood. It was snowing on the way up, it was snowing all day, and it snowed on the way home. There were fresh tracks had until the closing bell which isn't uncommon at Kirkwood. You couldn't ask for a better way to end the season.
What's Your #KirkwoodDeep Story: On the second weekend of the season in 2013, four friends and I decided to make a quick run up to Kirkwood. Little did we know that a HUGE unexpected storm was blowing in. We stayed at the base of the mountain in San Andreas, CA on the Friday and we woke up to SNOW AT 1000ft. ELEVATION! It took us over three and a half hours to drive up Hwy 88, a drive that normally takes about ONE. Top speed with 4 wheel drive was about 25 mph. Visibility was about 20-25ft. tops. Temperature was -11 degrees. When we got there, the powder was like nothing I had ever experienced. It snowed so much in between each run that there were always new tracks to be made. Three feet of pow fell that day. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Oh, and did I mention we were all barely 17 at the time with no snow driving experience? That sure taught us. You can bet our parents didn't hear much about that weekend! The picture? That was how much snow was still left on the car after over half an hour of scraping and other futile attempts to get all the snow off.
What's Your #KirkwoodDeep Story: Rahlves Banzai Day @ Kirkwood My 7 y/o jr and I started some warmups on chair#4 with its fantastic backside slopes. Then we raced down chair#11 slopes and after finishing a few runs on chair#6 and lunch. After I did a few runs on chair#10, we settled down to watch the crazy cool banzai racers take that jump near the top of chair#11. We could hear Coop's commentary of the races across from his tent. Jr had already met Coop before. Icing on the cake - in the evening we headed to Kirkwood grill where we saw Coop and Jr for the first time got to meet Daron Rahlves in person !! Jr was very shy and but later came around :)
What's Your #KirkwoodDeep Story: I have been fortunate to have experienced many deep days at Kirkwood in the almost 40 years I have skied there. But there was one day in the 1980s where my friend took a picture of me that I use as my avatar on some websites that I remember as one of the best. As usual it was dumping and Kirkwood was getting the best of it. My friend and I skied The Wall and continued onto Norm's Nose. Visibility was poor, but coverage was excellent and it was DEEP. He caught me showing good form on skinny skis during one of at least twenty steep turns I made in nearly waist-deep, dry powder. Kirkwood was very empty that day and we had many more powder runs. I still have that jacket, but have not worn it for many years and now have skis nearly twice as wide as what I was skiing that day. I get 8-10 days every year at Kirkwood, including the last two closing days. I keep trying to get my friend to return there, but he now lives near Nevada City and I have been unable to get him to go past Heavenly.
What's Your #KirkwoodDeep Story: Too many to list but since its almost Halloween here goes. It was Halloween weekend 2004 and you guys were open. We drove up Friday Night and got a place in the Meadows. Ski conditions on Saturday Oct 30th were like mid-winter. The Reut was open and we enjoyed blue cruisers with ideal packed powder conditions. Highs were only around 30 even though the calendar said October. On Saturday Night our 6 year old son won the Halloween contest (he was Batman) for young kids. He got his picture taken while in costume for the season pass he won for winning the contest. We still have that pass and have bought family passes every year since. The next day, Sunday there were absolutely no lift lines as the clocks had "fallen back" for daylight savings while the older folks partied late. We enjoyed a great weekend of Halloween skiing. Good memories. Our family has grown and we now have a place on Fremont Rd. Thanks for the memories Coop and Kirkwood. Ryan and Carolina Walbrun PS- the picture is actually from about one week before Halloween 2004. There were two storms in Oct that year, the picture was taken during the first one around Oct 20th I think."