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Kirkwood Ski Packages
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Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
50% off $421
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
44% off $634
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
41% off $848
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Kirkwood is located south of Heavenly and offers Lake Tahoe’s most challenging skiing arguably. Kirkwood has the highest base elevation and boasts the deepest, driest snow on its double black diamond terrain. Experts crave Kirkwood's serious steep and deep including the legendary “Wall.” But Kirkwood has lower mountain terrain to satisfy families on their 931 ha. A modest base lodge and friendly local crowd are different than more ski resort-esque Heavenly, Squaw and Alpine and Northstar around Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood is now a sister resort to Vail and part of the Vail's Epic Pass, so you can combine a Lake Tahoe trip with other Vail Resorts, Heavenly and Northstar. There is no slopeside lodging at Kirkwood, so make it a day trip while staying in South Shore Lake Tahoe and ski the 931 ha ski area.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Kirkwood vs
KirkwoodBear Mountain
beginner12 %42 %
intermediate30 %39 %
advanced38 %3 %
expert20 %16 %
total runs86 38
ski area931ha 303ha
summit elevation2,987m 2,683m
total lifts15 13
child lift ticket$82 USD ($114 AUD) $40 USD ($56 AUD)
adult lift ticket$112 USD ($156 AUD) $99 USD ($138 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall726cm 147cm
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Kirkwood Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 42 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Jake S. Jake S.
expert skier
It’s not as easy to access as other Tahoe area resorts, and that’s what makes it great. It’s a skiers mountain with great terrain to enjoy the powder days. This was a solo trip and was one of my most enjoyable days tackling new terrain in deep snow.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Matthew E. Matthew E.
expert snowboarder
Great Resort, great people. I grew up in Northern Colorado so I'm spoiled with champagne powder Kama Kirkwood got dumped on last time I was there. 2 feet overnight , light champagne powder!... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 27, 2018
SMStan M.
expert skier
Great mountain! Something for everyone, from families and beginners to experts too. Want to avoid crowds on busy weekends give yourself a little more time to get there and enjoy. Can be a little tricky getting there when its puking snow but it's always worth it. Nightlife is the only thing Kirkwood lacks, there is none. South Lake is there for... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Dec 04, 2018
D B. D B.
advanced skier
Easy to navigate although sometimes challenging to get to but worth it. Somewhat of a hidden secret off the beaten path..Close to Tahoe but not too far away...Plenty of secret stashes to tickle your fancy..Best resort closest to San Francisco Bay Area!... More
Average!3.2 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Tojz S. Tojz S.
expert snowboarder
Kwoo is bad ass deep pillow lines and Gnarly rock drops. Little bit of a drive getting out there but so worth it. I’m gonna get 100 days out there after I win this contest... More
Good!3.8 / 5May 02, 2018
Avradip M. Avradip M.
advanced snowboarder
Probably the best place to ski in Tahoe area. But Vail is ruining this place. Not enough parking, no new investment for the lift infrastructure, closing down the place in early April when they have enough snow for skiing until June. The list can go on, but nobody can beat the place for the terrain and snow quality.... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Apr 26, 2018
Isabelle T. Isabelle T.
intermediate snowboarder
Accidentally found this mtn in 1/15. Past 2 season were fabulous. This yr was a bit of a late start. Love being a kw homeowner, loved working PT ticket sales.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Dec 02, 2017
CSCraig S.
advanced snowboarder
One of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. The snow is always awesome compared to many other resorts in the area. The terrain is for more advanced riders and the atmosphere is awesome. Lots of tree runs, and many great powder days.... More
Good!3.6 / 5Dec 02, 2017
SHStephen H.
beginner snowboarder
Only ridden kirkwood one but had loads of fun. Lots of wide open terrain great for lots of style riders. I found quite a few good runs for begginners all the way to runs i didnt get off the lift for lol. Definately an all around mountain.... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 28, 2017
KNKevin N.
expert skier
The place to go for challenging steeps, deep snow, laid-back atmosphere, and cold apres-ski beer. Enough out of the way to keep the posers at bay. Short on crowds, big on hidden treasures. ... More

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