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by: hogfarmer - 9th February 2017

  • 4
  • 3Beginner
  • 3Intermediate
  • 5Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • 4Overall Value
Best snow of all the Tahoe area resorts
Expensive food. Can be difficult to get there.

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I have been skiing Tahoe regularly for the past 30 years and have gotten around to most of the resorts in the area. Kirkwood gets the best snow of all the Tahoe area resorts and also has some of the best lines. I'm mostly a weekday skier and rarely wait in a lift line for more than one minute at Kirkwood. Bring your own food though, or stuff your face before you get there because the food is expensive and not worth it. Apres ski is nonexistent as well, so if you stay nearby either seek out the lift ops and party with them, or go to bed at 8pm. Your choice. If you come from the west on Hwy 88 also be prepared for road closures at the Carson Spur. It happens frequently during big snow years (when you want to ski the most). So, on the best snow days of all you might not be able to get there if Hwy 88 is your only shot. I give Kirkwood 3.5 stars, but rounded up because it has the best snow in the Tahoe area.

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  • ljj47 (13th January 2018)

    As much as I enjoy this resort I find it disconcerting that I can not get anyone to answer one simple question....

  • hogfarmer (9th February 2017)

    I have been skiing Tahoe regularly for the past 30 years and have gotten around to most of the resorts in the...

  • bonnie robins (16th January 2017)

    Sunday Jan 15: amazing conditions. Great snow. Perfect groomers.. soft snow off trails. Good powwow in trees of fawn ridge even 3...

  • Brian Rimel (3rd January 2017)

    Had the most amazing time today, the trails and slopes were awesome. The people were very helpful, one in particular was great...

  • Arthur Chambers (27th December 2016)

    The mountain it's self is unlike any other. Big mountain, back country bliss. Vail runs it like horribly though. Expensive food and...

  • James Johnson (16th December 2016)

    Expensive food, and everything else. If you like to party go to Tahoe, this place is DEAD!!

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Kirkwood - great snow, 6" powder just off the beaten path, still fresh packed prefer elsewhere. feels pretty warm. long lines, even on the backside, singles lines are longer than the standard lines.  - © anonymous
Kirkwood - "Happiness is" view 11/14  - © anonymous
Kirkwood - 38 degrees at 7:30 A.M. this morning.  the snow is wet and heavy and the skiing was good for the first hour at the top.  as temps have warmed rain off and on at the base and heavy wet broken snow persists.  Grooming was late and not very pressi  - © Tempting Fate
Kirkwood - Great but of powder on the top of the mountain. Lots of bowls and fun off piste snowboarding. The low snow level added a level of difficulty and fun to the runs.   - © anonymous