What do you get when you combine the highest starting elevation of any major resort in Lake Tahoe with a world-class skiing village and summer destination? The one and only Kirkwood Mountain Resort, a favorite of locals and tourists alike and deserving winner of a myriad of awards and accolades.
With a base elevation of 7,800 feet and an annual snowfall average of 500 inches. Kirkwood tops out at 9,800 feet for a vertical drop of 2,000 feet and is distinguished by its two miles of ridgeline running along the summit, which makes for incredible cliff drops and cornice skiing. The mountain encompasses a staggering 2,300 skiable acres with more than 65 trails. Two high-speed quad chairs, one quad lift, six triple chairs, one double and four surface lifts provide access to all that terrain. Although Kirkwood’s steep slopes make for plenty of black diamond runs – 30 percent of the trails are designated advanced and an additional 10 percent are expert – there are plenty of friendlier runs too. Half of the mountain’s trails are designated for intermediate skiers and riders, and the remaining 10 percent is for beginners. The longest run at Kirkwood stretches an exhilarating two-and-a-half miles. Kirkwood Mountain Resort features terrain parks to boot.
Adventure Land is ideal for beginning shredders, filled with banked turns, whoop-de-doos and a ski-through tunnel. For an introduction to freestyle terrain, head over to The Playground. This park incorporates mini jumps, low snow boxes and rails and junior rollers. The Stomping Grounds is where more advanced skiers and riders will find serious jumps and rails, with a sound system that keeps the “go-big” mood going. The resort makes learning to ski or snowboard a blast, thanks to its “Get Good Fast” approach to teaching. Professional instructors and coaches are available for group or individual lessons for both children and adults.
Other amenities at this incredible resort destination include more than 100 condos within walking distance, a variety of retail shops and restaurants, rental and repair shops, and activities including cross country skiing, tubing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and more.
New for the 2013/14 winter season:
Kirkwood has once again been chosen as one of only two North American stops on the Swatch Freeride World Tour pitting the best big mountain skiers and riders in the world against the forbidden and permanently closed chutes and cliff bands found in The Cirque.
Kirkwood is partnering with slopestyle legend Bobby Brown and Red Bull to bring 12 of the best riders on the planet together for MegaSlope 2.0 to showcase their skills on a custom-built course on the resort's backside that will be twice the size of the 2014 Winter Olympics course in Sochi.
Kirkwood Ski & Ride School is embracing the latest evolution of Vail Resort's EpicMix technology -- EpicMix Acadmeny -- which provides an interactive platform for participants in ski and snowboard lessons to earn pins, track their progress, and get tips on how to become more proficient on the slopes.
The resort is also partnering with the Epic Race rewarding the first ten season pass holders to ski all 26 Vail Resort properties with lifetime season passes.