Kirkwood Mountain Resort, South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort in California and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. The Resort is located to the south of Lake Tahoe, California. The area that Kirkwood Mountain Resort presently occupies was first discovered by Zack Kirkwood, a cattle rancher who envisioned opening an Inn. The […]

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort in California and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. The Resort is located to the south of Lake Tahoe, California. The area that Kirkwood Mountain Resort presently occupies was first discovered by Zack Kirkwood, a cattle rancher who envisioned opening an Inn. The aptly named Kirkwood Inn opened in 1864 as a roadhouse along the old Amador Wagon Road and was part of the Gold Rush period in El Dorado County’s history. After Zack passed away, the ownership and operation of the Inn remained with the family. In 1966, the family sold the Inn to a group of investors headed by Bud Klein. After several years of planning and creating a framework for the future of the area as a ski resort, Bud Klein the avid skier and financier saw his dream realized when the Kirkwood Mountain Resort opened in 1972. Kirkwood Mountain Resort has grown from its early days into a year-round resort that is accessible by State Route 88 and Kirkwood Meadows Drive. Due to the remote location of the Kirkwood Mountain Resort, all who visit will experience the true freedom of being in this quaint village so close to nature.

At Escape2ski you’ll find out – What to know…before the snow.

On the Slopes

  • When you arrive at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, a wonderful mountain experience awaits you. Add up all these great elements; over 2300 acres of incredible terrain, 80+ runs, annual snowfall of 600 inches, a quaint village plus wonderful scenery equal an experience to last a lifetime. The trail system is vast and well laid out to provide a challenge for every level of winter enthusiast. The Wall has earned a reputation for being a slope that will catch your attention the minute you see it. Simply, don’t miss out!
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort has two terrain parks where you can show off your skills. Even if you are new to the terrain park culture, not to worry, the Bandit Park near Chair 7 will allow you the opportunity to gain some confidence with beginner jumps, rails and boxes. When you are ready to take it to the next level, the Outlaw Park at Chair 5 will introduce you to some adrenalin action with advanced jumps, boxes and all important rails.
  • Kirkwood Ski & Ride School is waiting with their trained and dedicated instructors to assist with providing and improving your skills on the slopes. There are many lesson and program options available starting with kids as early as age 3 or 4 for both skiing and snowboarding. There is adult learn-to-ski, private and group lessons for beginner and intermediate levels, as well as, the Epic Mix Academy. Finally, there is Expedition Kirkwood, a program for intermediate plus skiers and snowboarders, which allows individuals to take it to the next level with various clinics, including programs specifically for women.

Off the Slopes

  • Getting to Kirkwood is an easy decision as there are various options to get you there, despite the geographic location. Your biggest decision will be which run to ski or snowboard next. Make use of the Helpful Links Section below to help you choose your mode of transportation to this awesome resort.
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort provides a cozy environment that is perfect for the family to get out and enjoy the slopes. There are various slope-side lodging options at the base, which means more time to enjoy the great scenery, the terrain and the intimate village setting. You’ll also find shopping at several Kirkwood Mountain Sports locations where you can find hats, gloves, goggles, souvenirs and other merchandise items. There is also a General Store available to stock up on grocery items and various establishments for food and beverage. You can find everything from casual to fine dining at places such as Monte Wolfe’s Mountain Kitchen, The Cornice Grill, The Wall and the always-popular Kirkwood Inn and Saloon.
  • Looking for an alternative activity to a day on the slopes? The Kirkwood Cross Country Center situated at 7800ft/2377m above sea level offers an amazing place to enjoy fresh air and magnificent views. There are 48mi/80km of Cross Country Skiing Trails available starting right next to the Kirkwood Inn. There are groomed trails that are suited for all ability levels with features such as the Kiddy Kilometre for the entire family, day lodge with hot chocolate, three (3) warming huts and lessons and tours. Snowshoeing is also permitted.
  • An option to staying at Kirkwood Mountain Resort is South Lake Tahoe where you can keep the juices flowing with a trip to one of the five-24 hours casinos filled with thousands of slot machines and hundreds of tables, all of which are located across the state line in the Nevada portion of Lake Tahoe. You’ll also find lots of lodging, shopping and dining options, as well as, world-class entertainment and music. Catch a show at a casino or quite simply take a walk and check out all the city has to offer.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2000 ft / 610 m

Base Elevation:
7800 ft / 2377 m

Summit Elevation:
9800 ft / 2987 m

Skiable Area:
2300 acres

Average Snowfall:
600 in / 1524 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 65

Beginner: 10 (15%)

Intermediate: 32 (50%)

Advanced: 13 (20%)

Expert: 10 (15%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Reno NV , 81mi / 130km

Nearest Major City:
Reno NV, 84mi / 135km

Nearest Town/City:
South Lake Tahoe CA, 35mi / 57km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 25 to Apr 15

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 15

Express Quad Chairs: 2

Quad Chairs: 1

Triple Chairs: 6

Double Chairs: 2

Surface Lifts: 4


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: No

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport  (RNO)
Distance: 81 mi / 130 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Sacramento Intl Airport  (SMF)
Distance: 111 mi / 179 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-967-7500

Direct Phone: 209-258-7338

Snow Phone: 1-877-547-5966

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Tourism Site

Ski Resort Shuttle