Just south of Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood is one of three resorts on the southside of the lake. It's known for having some of the highest snow levels in Tahoe and a wide range of advanced and beginner runs. It also has a two-mile ridgeline, making it popular for cliff drops.
What Makes It Great
A few hours' drive from San Francisco and with easily accessible runs, Kirkwood is much loved for its variety of terrain and open bowls. The resort also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sled dog tours and back country expeditions. Snow conditions and open runs can be checked online. In the winter, Mormon Emigrant Trail -- a commonly used road to Kirkwood -- is closed for snow. In the summer, the facilities are used for mountain biking and hiking.
Who is Going to Love It
Like many ski areas, Kirkwood has a good mix of easy, intermediate, and expert terrain. The views are wonderful and the variety of runs keeps a day at Kirkwood interesting.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Kirkwood Resort is located at 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr, Kirkwood, CA 95646. For more information, please visit the Kirkwood web site.