Saturday, Dec.17, marks opening day for seven-day-a-week operations at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and tickets only cost $49 per day.

Kirkwood's snowmaking crew has been working hard to make up for the lack of snow from Mother Nature. The days have been filled with sunny skies, but luckily the night temperatures have been cold enough to allow for additional snowmaking on Chairs 1, 5 and 11 allowing for more beginner to advanced terrain to be opened. They will continue making snow on Chair 6 to allow for top to bottom runs before the Holidays.

Kirkwood is offering two special offers. To show appreciation to Tahoe residents, there will be a Locals' Day on Dec. 20. Guests who present a valid ID from Amador County, Alpine County or El Dorado County at the Season Pass Office can ski & ride for free. Kirkwood is also allowing all kids under 12 to ski free from Dec. 19-23 with the purchase of a full-day adult lift ticket.

US Airbag will be on hand at Kirkwood Dec. 17-31. Air bags are a fun way to learn jump tricks with a much lower risk of injury. Cost to hit the airbag is five jumps for $10, 10 jumps for $15 or $15 jumps for $25.

Skier testing out the airbag at the base of Kirkwood. Photo courtesy of Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Tahoe Learning Center will be offering a large variety of ski and snowboard lessons, such as First Time Packages, Kid’s Full Day & Half Day lessons and private lessons. If you want to improve your abilities and expore the mountain, Kirkwood also offers Expedition: Kirkwood Private Guides. All lessons and guides will be operating through the Main Village Plaza. Guests can sign up over the phone (209-258-7360), online or in person.

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