Kirkwood is now a part of the Vail family. That means you have access to great priced Season Passes and the beginning and end of the season. If you’re a hard core skier/rider, you likely already know this. It’s known as the “Alps in California” for it’s European alp-like terrain. There is nothing else like it in Tahoe. Kirkwood isn’t the easiest or fastest resort to reach. From South Shore Tahoe Tahoe, it’s another 50 minute drive in GOOD weather. Is it worth it? Yes! Kirkwood reminds me of Snowbird and Alta. Lots of rolling terrain, think of it as the biggest skate park in the world.
EpicDay Lift Tickets Offer the Ultimate Convenience and Savings of up to 25 Percent
Vail Resorts is making it more convenient and affordable for skiers and snowboarders to purchase daily lift tickets to its 10 U.S. resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota; and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. EpicDay Lift tickets offers advance or up-to-the-minute lift ticket purchases through an easy-to-use online and mobile site, www.snow.com/epicday.
When purchased in advance, lift tickets can be picked up at a designated EpicDay Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at each resort. Once the ticket is picked up, guests can keep their ticket and load it with more days online, avoiding a return trip to the ticket window.
EpicDay Lift Tickets rewards advanced planning, even if the purchase is made while walking up to the resort, with the lowest price guaranteed and less time spent in the ticket line.
THE STUFF OF LEGEND
Magical, raw, expansive and remote, Kirkwood is the stuff of legend. With the deepest, driest snow around and some of North America’s most diverse and challenging terrain, Kirkwood offers big mountain riding with small town attitude. It’s about adventure and challenge. Discovery from exploration. Personal satisfaction, from personal challenge. At the end of the day, a uniquely rewarding experience that can only be had at a handful of places on Earth. Tucked away about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood is out of the way but the reward is well worth the effort of finding it.
With a 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.
With more than 23 feet this season alone and snow nearly every day in January, now is the best time to enjoy Kirkwood’s quieter season – the holiday crowds have scattered and Kirkwood can be enjoyed in all its glory with lodging rates up to 20 percent off.
While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the mountain to themselves, they can also partake in or watch Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, back at Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the sixth season and showcasing the most pure form of ski and snowboard racing. This year the tour will be dropping in from “CLIF Drop” off the Wall into Kirkwood’s wide open terrain where competitors will launch into Snow Snake Gully off the road aka “Down Deschutes” flying past spectators on top of Chair 11. The natural terrain at Kirkwood is the perfect fit for Banzai fun and top-to-bottom battles.