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. At the end of the day, Kirkwood is an 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.

Our 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 receiving the lightest, the driest, and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region. With 2,000 feet of vertical drop, and over 2,300 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.

run-icon RUNS

86  Total

green-icon 15% Beginner Terrain

blue-icon 50% Intermediate Terrain

grey-icon 35% Advanced Terrain

halfpipe-icon 4 Terrain Parks

lifts-icon LIFTS

surface-icon 4 Surface Lifts

2-icon 2 Double Chairs

3-icon 6 Triple Chairs

4-icon 3 Quad Chairs

check-icon  High Speed Lifts

pie-icon STATS

354″ Average Snowfall

9,800′ Summit Elevation

2,000′ Vertical Drop

2,300 Total Acres

80 mi Distance from Airport


36 mi  Sierra-at-Tahoe

36 mi  Heavenly

66 mi  Squaw | Alpine

71 mi  Mt. Rose

74 mi  Northstar

Big Mountain Dreaming At Kirkwood Mountain Resort

The mighty Kirkwood’s reputation precedes itself. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, trust us, you will once you arrive to ski through the volcanic rock lending itself to terrain found nowhere else in North America. Kirkwood is a big mountain skier’s dream and many of the world’s best love calling it home.
Due to its high base elevation and geographic location adjacent to the Mokelumne Canyon, storms have to cross Kirkwood to get into Tahoe. Days after a storm you will still be finding fresh snow amid some of the best terrain in the region.
Kirkwood has everything from the best learning terrain in the region to the best steeps, chutes and bowls. Kirkwood emits its own laid back vibe, but the terrain, like the resort itself, is out there.
For those wishing to explore outside the boundary, check out Expedition: Kirkwood (E.K.). The guide service is right at the base of the resort. This is your place for backcountry education as well as cat-serviced or guided skiing.