Ski Resort Profile

United States
Phone: 209 258-6000

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About the Ski Resort

Located on all-weather Highway 88, 35 miles south of South Lake Tahoe at Carson Pass, Kirkwood is three and a half hours from San Francisco and less than two hours from Sacramento, Stockton and other parts of the Central Valley.

At 7,800 feet, Kirkwood has the highest base elevation of all Northern California ski resorts, with a 2,000-foot vertical drop and an average of 529 inches of snow each year.

The resort features 12 lifts and 2,300 acres of skiable terrain, offering beginning, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders challenging chutes, wide open bowls and panoramic views of the Sierra.

With 80 kilometers of cross-country terrain, a new skier development center, state of the art learn to ski programs, family pricing and two retail ski shops, Kirkwood offers something for all winter sports enthusiasts.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Cross country: 80 km
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  15 %

 More Difficult:  50 %

 Most Difficult:  20 %

 Experts only:  15 %

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  7,800 ft
Summit elevation:  9,800 ft
Vertical drop:  2,000 ft
Skiable area:  2,300 acres
Annual snowfall:  500 in
Snowmaking:  2 %
Number of trails:  65
Number of lifts:  12
Types of lifts:  2 Handle Tows,
 1 Double Chair,
 7 Triple Chairs,
 1 fixed grip quad,
 1 High Speed Quad

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

Kirkwood is located 35 miles south of South Lake Tahoe via Highway 89 south to Highway 88 west to Carson Pass. The resort is about 3.5 hours from San Francisco via Highway 88 east through Jackson.