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Kirkwood - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Kirkwood
Kirkwood - American Ski Resort (2380m to 2990m)
With the highest base area in northern California, Kirkwood has a European feel. All of the accommodation is condo-based and there is a large amount of cross-country skiing.
Kirkwood Ski Facts
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The American ski resort of Kirkwood has direct access to 65 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Kirkwood are able to uplift 16,300 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Kirkwood
With 12 lifts, a 2,000ft vertical descent and over 68 runs to choose from, Kirkwood offers the best of what skiers and riders of all abilities look for in a resort. Boasting the deepest snow in North America for 6 out of the last 7 season, Kirkwood is known as the home of Tahoe's deepest snow. Steep chutes, powder filled open bowls and numerous runs with varying terrain have made Kirkwood one of Lake Tahoe's premier ski resorts and a favourite with locals.
This year voted one of the top ten resorts for on-mountain experience and one of the best places in America to learn to ski and board. Kirkwood's Ski and Board School programmes promote active learning by emphasising movement throughout the lesson without a lot of passive listening and lessons are structured around breaking through to the next skill level and expanding terrain options.
First time instruction takes place at Timber Creek on the region's widest, most gentle beginner slopes, away from faster moving skiers and boarders with lessons led by skilled professionals who provide individualised attention in a relaxed group environment.
For the more experienced skiers, Kirkwood offers various camps including All Mountain Day Camps which focus on all mountain skiing with 4 on-snow hours and an hour of video analysis, and Ladies All Conditions Camps which encourage ladies to ski at their ability level while pushing their limits in a safe and supportive environment.
The North American Ski Training Centre has been based at Kirkwood since 1996 and offers multi-day, total immersion, performance ski school for advanced intermediate up to expert skiers with special clinics offered in backcountry skills and avalanche awareness.
Kirkwood has 80km of cross-country trails with a variety of terrain ranging from the flat, groomed trails in the Meadow or the advanced trail appropriately named Agony.
Snowboarding in Kirkwood
With its chutes, wide open bowls, rock drops and long gullies the resort itself could be considered to be a gigantic natural funpark. Snowboarders have had a man-made freestyle park since 1995/96 which has been a huge success and attracts riders from across the West. The park features quarter pipes, tabletop jumps, a snake and a large spine jump as well as a well maintained half-pipe. Skiers and bladers are just as likely to be using the snowpark here and exchanging tips on tricks.
Kirkwood's snowboard centre has over 350 snowboards and 500 pairs of boots available for rent including the latest in snowboard technology. Kirkwood Mountain Outfitters in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge have a wide variety of snowboard equipment and clothing available for those who would prefer to buy their own.
Snowboard instruction is available with the resort's skilled staff of board professionals who offer instruction for all levels from first-timers to the more advanced riders. Kirkwood hosts a variety of snowboarding events
Kirkwood Aprés Ski
Kirkwood's apres-ski centres around its restaurants and bars. There's Karoake every Friday night in Bub's Pub and Sports Grill and live music every Saturday night at the Kirkwood Inn.
South Lake Tahoe 56km/35 miles offers visitors over 100 dining establishments, 65 lodging properties, shopping, dancing, live music, entertainment and gaming action. Renowned for the quality and variety of its restaurants, one can find everything from old-fashioned pancake houses to restaurants featuring world-class chefs trained at Europe's finest culinary schools. On any given night visitors can relax to live country music, blues, jazz, or rock-and-roll at any of Tahoe's myriad of night clubs.
For comedy, musical reviews, live entertainment with the likes of Carrot Top, Kenny Loggins, or Vince Gill head to the casinos where celebrities take the stage every night of the week.
From mid-December to early April, Kirkwood provides daily transportation from various South Lake Tahoe lodging properties.
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