501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood , CA (Driving Directions to Kirkwood)
Last Updated: 10/23/2016 5:27 AM

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Kirkwood Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 11 Beginner
  • 36 Intermediate
  • 14 Advanced
  • 11 Expert
Tucked away about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort turns into a picturesque high alpine adventure playground! World class rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and fishing are all just within a stone's throw of the resort. Fields of wildflowers will take your breath away during the summer months, and the turning aspens make a ... beautiful backdrop during the fall. In the winter months Kirkwood offers big Mountain skiing/riding with a small town attitude. Our unique location atop the Sierra Crest combined with elevations ranging 7,800 to 9,800 feet create a little something we like to call the K-Factor – a geographical predisposition to receive the lightest, the driest, and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region. With 2000 feet of vertical drop, and over 2300 acres of terrain from calm groomed beginner runs to hair raising cornices, cliffs and the most high angle grooming around, there’s something for everyone at the 'Wood. Set in one of the most beautiful mountain valleys imaginable, Kirkwood provides the classic ski vacation with true alpine village atmosphere. Read more

Kirkwood Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Kirkwood Operations


Plan to Open 11/18

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 15

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 72

Weekend Hours


Kirkwood Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,800 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,000 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

9,800 ft

Kirkwood Ski Pictures and Photos

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Kirkwood Trail Map

Kirkwood Reviews & Tips (51)

My first trip out to Tahoe from the east coast. I went to Sierra & heavenly & Kirkwood resorts last weekend.(April 13~ 15th). And, I can say confidently, that Kirkwood was the best resort. Everyone at Kirkwood seems to be serious rider or skiers. Terrains were wide open with many challenging trails. Amazing Experience !!
Kirkwood review written Apr 17 2012 - 02:07 PM
eugenedk Advanced Snowboarder
Verify the shuttle has enough people signed up to run from South Lake Tahoe. We were fortunate that a big group had signed up months in advance for a Tuesday run. Found out later from the driver that there is a minimum person limit for it to operate. Great day-no lines, great snow. Teenage son who boards thought it was great! Lift ticket pick up was easy- thanks Liftopia.
Kirkwood review written Apr 10 2012 - 12:11 PM
extinguisherjoe Intermediate Skier
Parking is spread out throughout the resort area. Having developed parking maps and programs for California cities I would have to say that the parking situation needs some improvement. I was there on Friday March 9th, 2011 and there were no staff to direct customers to the most convenient parking locations. I ended up at a more remote location and there was no shuttle to get to the lifts and ticket office. Otherwise, the mountain has great skiing and the lift and food service staff were pleasant and helpful. However, compared to skiing in Utah, just about all California ski resorts could improve their overall customer service.
Kirkwood review written Mar 11 2012 - 05:06 PM
dennis Intermediate Skier
Kirkwood was a new and exciting adventure. The resort is very compact (as compared to Mammoth and some others) but did have a good variety of terrain. I especially liked the Wall that was challenging from the top down. The terrain parks were okay. The big downside is that the parking lots were very muddy, so come prepared with rags and brushes to clean up before getting it all over your equipment or into the car. Maybe they could pave them for a cleaner experience.
Kirkwood review written Mar 06 2012 - 01:12 PM
Roland D. Intermediate Snowboarder
The snow was great, the slopes were fast and fun. No lines at the lifts. Although it was a weekday and a blizzard up there. Liftopia saved us a lot of money on tickets. The food at the lodge is VERY limited (3 entree meals) and VERY expensive ($19 for a burger with no fries). The food at the kitchen is reasonably priced but was cold. Bring your own food if you go.
Kirkwood review written Mar 02 2012 - 03:10 PM
Mark Intermediate Snowboarder
Best snow by far in these days of thin cover is on the Backside (Sunrise) side of the mountain. Kirkwood's grooming equipment is just not modern enough to make the front side tasty, and the surfaces are skied off quickly where the intermediates congregate. Go far left (to Sunrise) or far right (Sentinel Bowl) to find some real snow. Enjoy!
Kirkwood review written Feb 14 2012 - 02:49 PM
Billiam Advanced Skier
Just got back from a girls getaway Lake Tahoe trip and Kirkwood was by far one of our favorites. Despite the less amounts of snow this season, they had great challenging terrain, lots of groomed runs and lots of the sun and blue skies were out all day! The locals all said the trails were so icy...but being from the East, it was far from icy by our standards. Great snow. It was a midweek (Wed) so there weren't lots of other people there either. Liftopia's lift ticket was quite the deal. Thanks! We will be going back.
Kirkwood review written Feb 12 2012 - 09:34 AM
Kellie Advanced Skier
Great variety, including some nice tree runs (Jupiter?). Some slow lifts here and there, but with so many runs it was tolerable. Nice vibe to the village. The drive is totally worth it from Tahoe - I'll be going back. Had better snow than Sierra or Alpine Meadows the same weekend.
Kirkwood review written Jan 31 2012 - 11:33 PM
Kevin Intermediate Skier
If you don't know your way around Kirkwood, remember to bring a stand alone GPS! You won't get any data connections! We almost got lost because we were using cell phone GPS.
Kirkwood review written Jan 31 2012 - 03:52 PM
Marcus Intermediate Snowboarder
Don't let the no snow in Tahoe fool you. I had a lot of fun at Kirkwood. Not as good as Heavenly, but it's cheaper and the runs were more than decent. Just be a little careful, some of the shadowy parts are a little icy.
Kirkwood review written Jan 11 2012 - 12:20 PM
ILUVSNOW Advanced Skier
Just went to Kirkwood on Jan 5th 2012- The slopes were a bit icy and only about 6 were open, but they were well groomed. As it was a weekday there was barely anyone there which made it nice and easy to get in a bunch of runs. I would go again if I could get such a good deal on a lift ticket. Pack a lunch or you will spend $10+ on food
Kirkwood review written Jan 06 2012 - 01:46 PM
Jim Intermediate Skier
US Airbag is at Kirkwood this week and it was a blast! They built a great jump that you land into a giant airbag. I would definitely recommend at least trying it out As with most of the resorts in the area the snow is man made. Got a killer deal on Liftopia, between the price and the US Airbag demo we still had a great time!
Kirkwood review written Jan 05 2012 - 08:27 PM
Brandy Intermediate Snowboarder
Kids ski free on Sunday with a purchase of a adult ticket. Lots of powder even this late in the season... Though some lifts were closed.
Kirkwood review written Apr 19 2011 - 09:48 PM
Lewis Taylor Intermediate Skier
Kirkwood is my favorite Tahoe resort. You can ski anywhere there is snow. We got lucky and our last day of three there, was a powder day. We bought chains and installed them on our rental SUV to get there, and were glad we did. I will always go to Kirkwood whenever I am in Tahoe, even though it's an hour ride from where we usually stay. It's totally worth it.
Kirkwood review written Apr 10 2011 - 09:06 PM
Andy Advanced Skier
Great chutes and pitches, although the drive can be a doozy. I would definitely go back on a powder day. Watch out for high winds and chair closures though!
Kirkwood review written Apr 01 2011 - 07:11 PM
Steven B Advanced Skier
Kirkwood is amazing- the groomers were lovely, the steeps are scary (in a good way), the snow was fantastic and it wasnt crowded at all. We skied a week in the Tahoe area, and it was our favorite mountain by far. The tickets were a breeze to pick up, parking was simple, and the roads were bad (even after a week of big storms). Definitely a great mountain for advanced skiers who love steep bowls, cornices, and trees. When we were there, there were plenty of groomers, but also tons of untouched terrain and bumps.
Kirkwood review written Mar 30 2011 - 07:59 PM
Jenna & Steve Advanced Skier
Hi there folks, We are sorry for the recent closure of hwy 88. However it was not closed for 3 days aand was only closed for a couple of hours. we have been working closely with CalTrans and they have done a fantastic job of keeping the roads open. we have received 16' in 10 days and as such the roads have been very dangerous. As you can expect now that the storms have died down a bit and reduced to only a few inches a night instead of 3-4' per night. Conditions are Amazing! 240" base and 700"+ this season. Couldn't be a better time to get up here! Hope to see all of you soon and thanks for keeping Kirkwood an amazing place to ski/ride.
Kirkwood review written Mar 27 2011 - 03:47 PM
kwood admin Advanced Snowboarder
The only road there (CA-88) was closed 4 days in a row (3/19-3/22) due to avalanche control. Bummer! I was suppose to ski there on Sun (3/20). So, on a good snow day, don't plan to go there because most likely, they'll close that section of CA-88 to Kirkwood.
Kirkwood review written Mar 24 2011 - 01:26 AM
CNguyen Advanced Skier
Best groomed slopes I've ever skiied on in my life. We thought it was FAR superior to Heavenly. We especially enjoyed the Blue runs. We were impressed with the large num ber of skiiers who did the double black runs. Basically this is a mountain for all levels of skiing.
Kirkwood review written Mar 20 2011 - 11:56 AM
Jack French Intermediate Skier
Kirkwood was great! No hassle getting our tickets, they even gave us the tickets for the next day on the 1st day no problem. Liftopia is great!!
Kirkwood review written Mar 20 2011 - 08:27 AM
Catherine Intermediate Skier
What a great variety of runs. Try skiing on Sunday, especially if the weather is a bit snowy, the mountain was almost empty. Lift lines non-existent and skiing terrific. Only problem was, bring a snack with you to enjoy around the fireplace bar since they stop serving food at 3.
Kirkwood review written Mar 15 2011 - 02:10 PM
bonnie v (Advanced Intermediate) Advanced Skier
I found Kirkwood to be fantastic for me and my husband who is an advanced skier. We thought it was a well run mountain with a lot to offer. Only complaint would be the lack of lodge space for later in the day when you are tired. We will be back!
Kirkwood review written Mar 12 2011 - 11:21 AM
Amanda Beginner Skier
Do laps on the Cornice Express and save your runs on The Wall chair for later in the day, when the slowness of the lift will give you the rest you need.
Kirkwood review written Mar 11 2011 - 11:40 PM
David E Advanced Skier
Do not, I repeat, do not let your kids goad you into riding a rail at the end of the day. I confirmed that my right knee does not bend to the right. Kirkwood was great though.
Kirkwood review written Mar 07 2011 - 03:51 PM
Jeff Intermediate Skier
Excellent. Make sure to get out to lift 4 on the backside.
Kirkwood review written Mar 07 2011 - 02:50 PM
Tom Intermediate Skier
Great for advancing from beginner to intermediate as they are great at grooming their slopes, enough to keep you interested all day! Third time I've been here and can't wait to go back! No lines and good food-especially at the little hut on the backside.
Kirkwood review written Mar 07 2011 - 01:36 PM
Jenn Intermediate Skier
Highway 88 from Sacramento was still icy in places at about 10... I would have left a little later had I known. Parking was a real pain, and the shuttle didn't come by too often. That being said, the snow was wonderful and the line at Sunrise was minimal with lots of great skiing to be had.
Kirkwood review written Mar 06 2011 - 09:10 PM
Chris Allan Advanced Skier
Had a great time! The weather conditions were awesome and the resort was a lot less crowded than expected. I will be back to hit up the pipe one more time before the season is over.
Kirkwood review written Feb 22 2011 - 02:24 PM
James M Intermediate Snowboarder
I would normally never go skiing Presidents' Day weekend, but I couldn't resist the new snow this year. Parking was horrendous - I think they were overwhelmed. However the snow was fantastic and the lift lines weren't too bad.
Kirkwood review written Feb 22 2011 - 02:15 PM
John S. Advanced Skier
No bumps. Everything is groomed including super steep black stuff. Good mountain for intermediate skiers
Kirkwood review written Feb 22 2011 - 09:39 AM
Christine Advanced Skier
Kirkwood ~ Always my favorite resort!!! Great People ~ Great place ~ Awesome runs!!!
Kirkwood review written Feb 21 2011 - 03:33 PM
Liz Intermediate Skier
Great snow, no lift lines week of Feb. 14. lunch menu was also great. Totally enjoyed the week. Three plus feet new snow on Wednesday. Weekdays are great.
Kirkwood review written Feb 17 2011 - 04:58 PM
Michael Mills Intermediate Skier
It's my first time at kirkwood. I think it's a great place for beginners especially when you come on weekdays (I went on Friday). There literally was no wait at all. I like it that the beginner runs are well separated from more advanced lanes and makes it much less intimidating for real beginners. If you feel like you're ready for more difficult runs, you could always ride the express lift right nearby. Access-wise, the switch between green and blue is very easy.
Kirkwood review written Feb 13 2011 - 02:44 PM
hoop Beginner Skier
Great terrain, large mountain, needs snow.
Kirkwood review written Feb 07 2011 - 06:11 PM
Tom Advanced Skier
Conditions much better than I expected. With no new snow since last weekend everything was still relatively soft on the groomed trails. The gulley's coming down the reut and solitude were a lot of fun!! The wall and cornice were closed down for a little while due to wind. Regarding liftopia, will definitely use it again. Cheaper than the Corp discount through work. I couldn't print out the voucher and they were able to scan from my phone...really cool!!
Kirkwood review written Feb 07 2011 - 02:50 PM
joeyC Intermediate Snowboarder
It hadn't snowed in five days. Intermediates should all the way over to the left side of the mountain to find good runs.
Kirkwood review written Feb 07 2011 - 09:34 AM
Mark Intermediate Skier
A little icy at the top, but for two fifty plus shredders, and a twenty something cousin of mine, we had a sweet time. Keep giving us such great deals.
Kirkwood review written Jan 25 2011 - 05:44 PM
Dave Intermediate Snowboarder
First time I used it. Worked well. Would use it again.
Kirkwood review written Jan 24 2011 - 11:55 AM
Bruce Intermediate Snowboarder
Great time. Wonderful snow and no lines.
Kirkwood review written Jan 23 2011 - 05:18 PM
N23 Intermediate Skier
"Just ski down there and jump off something for crying out loud"
Kirkwood review written Jan 20 2011 - 02:01 PM
McConkey it. Advanced Skier
Let all the gapers ride chair 6 and instead head for chair 4 and t bar your way to the hike to Emigrant Peak, OR from chair ten, high skiers right drop into the Cirque and prepare for mandatory air.No people, Experts only, notify patrol before you go.
Kirkwood review written Jan 20 2011 - 01:52 PM
Jean Pique' Advanced Skier
Great skiing. Big variety of runs and no lines. Be carful getting off lift #11 is is super steep!
Kirkwood review written Jan 19 2011 - 05:31 PM
Karen Fox Intermediate Skier
Best resort in Tahoe area. No lift lines.
Kirkwood review written Jan 17 2011 - 04:44 PM
Rachel N. Intermediate Skier
Only went to Kirkwood and Heavenly while at Tahoe for a week. Kirkwood terrain is so good if you can handle it. On a powder day it is better to go here and just keep dropping off the wall or whatever cornice you can find.
Kirkwood review written Jan 16 2011 - 08:12 PM
theoflow Advanced Snowboarder
BEST snow! Backside is a dream...Palasides side off chair 6 is awesome. Go durring the week and you have the mountian to your self!
Kirkwood review written Jan 14 2011 - 07:36 PM
xstine Advanced Snowboarder
Ski when there's fog in the valley
Kirkwood review written Jan 06 2011 - 09:30 PM
Dave Franke Intermediate Skier
Big mountain experience in Thunder Saddle. Great back country feel in Fawn Ridge.
Kirkwood review written Jan 06 2011 - 01:12 PM
dmourati Advanced Skier
I love Kirkwood! Best snow in Tahoe.. sshh don't tell anyone ;)
Kirkwood review written Dec 22 2010 - 09:45 AM
Heather Janine Advanced Snowboarder
Kirkwood has the best snow, no lines, and tons of groomed, powder, park, trees, out of bounds. The only drawback is a lack of Express lifts, but still totally worth it. Love Kirkwood!
Kirkwood review written Dec 08 2010 - 05:42 PM
kmac222 Advanced Skier
Agreed. Kirkwood was more fun to ride than anywhere else i found in the south lake tahoe area.
Kirkwood review written Dec 09 2009 - 03:42 PM
stanklow8 Intermediate Snowboarder
Best mountain in tahoe for boarders. My tip is to not waste your time at other mountains!
Kirkwood review written Sep 29 2009 - 11:43 AM
Dodger Intermediate Snowboarder

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