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Kirkwood, USA

Kirkwood ski holidays

Established in 1972 the American ski resort Kirkwood lies at ? metres altitude in the California region of the American Sierra Nevada? snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers ?km of trails, which equates to around 6 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Kirkwood is San Francisco at a distance of 120.7km or approximately 120 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to May.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 0 runs ?km
0%  Intermediate Trails
 16 runs ?km
Advanced Trails
 32 runs ?km
50%  Expert Trails
 19 runs ?km

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Kirkwood snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Kirkwood snow history.

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) $348 - $402
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensNov 2021
Resort ClosesMay 2022
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs ?km
total length of Kirkwood trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 4km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation N
direction Kirkwood area faces
Top Altitude 2986m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 2377.5m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 2377.5m
centre of Kirkwood ski resort
Vertical Drop 609.6m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 609.6m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Kirkwood web cams
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Skiing in Kirkwood

65 pistes and trails means approximately ?km of runs. 12 Kirkwood lifts have capacity to transport 17905 per hour. The longest run in the American ski resort is over 4km.

The mountain has 0% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 15% intermediate, 50% advanced slopes and 35% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km The Wall run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Kirkwood

Of the 12 ski lifts, 2 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Kirkwood is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 3 terrain parks and 2 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 115 metres), 1 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Kirkwood Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

6 apres ski bars 5 restaurants 0 bowling 0 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 0 indoor swimming 1 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 4 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 80 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 1 fishing 0 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities (Many More Facilities Around Lake Tahoe) .

SNO-man says

While Kirkwood is known for its incredible skiing and riding, there are a variety of other activities now available to those looking for something other than a day on the slopes. For those guests looking to put their feet up and relax while still enjoying the outdoors, Kirkwood's dog or horse sled rides are the perfect activity. Circling around the outer loop of the Kirkwood Meadow, rides last from 30 minutes to an hour. Full moon tours are available monthly. Snowmobiling is another less tiring way of checking out the surroundings and there are several trails within a short distance from Kirkwood. Snowshoeing is yet another alternative with no skill requirement other than walking - wearing snowshoes is like putting 4 wheel drive on your feet, you can easily cover any terrain on or off the trails. The Cross Country Centre has everything you will need for your adventure, from hi-tech snowshoes and headlamp rental to guided hikes. The entire 80km of groomed x-country trails are open to those preferring snowshoes and you can choose a gentle walk around the meadow or going further afield and exploring some of the upper trails. Getting away from the snow completely there are a number of golf courses all within easy reach of Kirkwood and as temperatures rise in the spring one can easily ski in the morning and head down the hill for a quick round of golf in the afternoon. For complete relaxation its hard to beat a good soak and, in common with many mountain resorts, Kirkwood has its own natural outdoor mineral pool at Grover Hot Springs just 45 minutes east of the resort. The new Mountain Club Spa has some excellent facilities including a work out room equipped with weights and aerobics machines, steam room, sauna, outdoor jacuzzi and therapeutic massage services.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Kirkwood" by any other name

The American resort is also known as The Wood Kirkwood and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Kirkwood slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Kirkwood has slopes facing N.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Kirkwood, USA

Kirkwood day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Kirkwood is most definitely a family-friendly resort with special programmes for children. Its state of the art Children's Ski and Board School is accessed directly from the Timber Creek parking lot adjacent to Chair No 9 (Bunny) and includes a front door drop-off area, making the ski day even more convenient for families. The Mighty Mountain Children's Ski and Snowboard School, for skiers aged 4 to 12 years or snowboarders aged 7 to 12 combines supervised fun with skill development on the slopes. Youngsters have a great time with others of their own age and ability while developing their skills and exploring Kirkwood's unique terrain. Private lessons are available too for kids aged from 3 years up to 12. The customised program features its own terrain garden, terrain parks and surface lifts. Parents are invited to choose between leaving their children after registration (as early as 8.30am) or they can ski or ride with their children until the lesson begins at 10am. If you choose the full day program then lunch is included. Kirkwood's Child Care Centre provides non-skiing childcare at its new more convenient slopeside location for children from 2 to 6. Supervision is by qualified staff who will provide indoor and outdoor activities. Children even have their own cross country trail at Kirkwood. The "Kiddie Kilometer" features life size cut-outs of forest animals and flip up signs which show an animal track on the outside and a drawing of the animal when flipped up. If the action on the slopes is still not enough for the kids then they can sled over to Woody's Family Fun Zone, the snowplay area adjacent to Chair No 1 (Snowkirk) to extend their adventures into the evening. The handle tow provides effortless transportation up the tubing hill and tubes, discs and toboggans are all available for rent. The Red Cliffs Barbecue Deck makes the perfect vantage point for parents

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Kirkwood Shopping

Kirkwood shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Kirkwood Mountain Outfitters have a wide range of snowsport equipment and clothing.

Kirkwood value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Kirkwood

Kirkwood hire shops - overview of all shopping in Kirkwood

Kirkwood Mountain Outfitters have a wide range of snowsport equipment and clothing.

Kirkwood ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Kirkwood

Kirkwood ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Kirkwood Ski & Board School and has 150 teachers teaching in English, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 3.skiandboardschool@kirkwood.com www.kirkwood.com 2887245

Kirkwood for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Kirkwood for intermediates  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Kirkwood for expert skiers   gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Kirkwood for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Kirkwood

Kirkwood snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Kirkwood: 80km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 16km     Intermediate XC Trails: 48km   Difficult XC Trails: 16km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 0km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Kirkwood

Kirkwood snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 80 Snowshoeing: 80 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 0km Paragliding schools: 0

Kirkwood non skiing facilities also include (Many More Facilities Around Lake Tahoe) .

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