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by: Daniel Gally - 9th October 2018

  • 4
  • 2Beginner
  • 4Intermediate
  • 5Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • 3Overall Value
Excellent terrain & snow
remote, no apres, no parking, slow lifts

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I worked at Kirkwood and have done most of the terrain and seen all the conditions a season can bring. If you are an advanced skier this is the place to go in Tahoe, it also gets the best powder, and has good snow retention /coverage even during drought. Good culture at the ski school and ski team. Main complaint in my opinion is only one high speed lift which causes a lot of bottlenecking and unnecessarily long uncomfortable lift rides often on very exposed double black slopes. Biggest chair takes 20 min to do 2k vert. Dining is limited and there is no apres here, things are overpriced like every ski resort/everwhere in california, and the resort is remote, 40 minutes from south lake and traffic can be terrible especially during a storm. With chains on, which are required to go over the passes it once took me two hours to get home to south lake. The pass closes often during heavy snowfall which makes getting up there impossible, and getting stuck likely. They also have a nice cross country area.

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  • Irene (19th March 2020)

    Kirkwood is the place where my kids fell in love with skiing. If you're a beginner and large remodeled food courts are...

  • Jared Klebanow (25th February 2020)

    Kirkwood is my favorite mountain in Tahoe. If you’re looking to just ski/board this is the spot. Squaw is great too but...

  • Rick Hunter (1st January 2020)

    I skied here in the mid 90s and covered most of the mountain in one day. I am intermediate so didn't attempt...

  • Eric (29th December 2019)

    I love Kirkwood - best snow in Tahoe area and love the steeps and chutes. The skill level of the average skier...

  • Jeremy West (22nd December 2019)

    Kirkwood is a hidden gem. You don’t come for the food or the drinks. You come to ski/board. While the Amenities are...

  • Send It (3rd April 2019)

    Hidden gem. I hope Vail doesn't screw it up. This mountain is by far my favorite and has some world class terrain....

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