The Stuff of Legend™

Kirkwood is the sirens call for those whose middle name is “adventure,” those who like their snow deep and their terrain steep.

Still an undiscovered gem for many producing an average ten metres of annual snowfall, locals call it “the k-factor.” After you’ve skied it once, you’ll be a believer for life. 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. Expect cozy convenience and casual dining, but when there’s so much powder to be had, you’re not going to spend much time away from the slopes.

Situated in a valley atop California’s Sierra Crest and surrounded by the National Forest, Kirkwood’s solitary and expansive location among the Sierra’s rugged peaks, allows you to enjoy an entire resort to yourself.

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Buy your lift ticket online 7 days or more before you arrive and you’ll get the lowest lift ticket prices – guaranteed!

Winter is here. Book a steep and deep vacation. Save up to 25% off lodging and lift if you book before December 22.

Kirkwood boasts world class learning terrain; from mellow groomed runs to steeper adventures we have appropriate terrain for every lesson.

Calling all avid adventurers! Discover the steeps, explore the cornices or venture into the backcountry.

Book online to skip the line. Slopeside locations mean more powder runs.

Kirkwood By the Numbers

2,987 m
1,143 cm
609 m
930 HA

Getting Here

The resort sits 130 km/1.5 hour drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 179 km/2 hour drive from Sacramento International Airport, and 322 km/3.5 hour drive from San Francisco International Airport .

Car rentals are available through Hertz for pick up at Reno, Sacramento or San Francisco airports. Several shuttle bus companies also run services to Kirkwood from the Bay Area.

The ski shuttle easily and conveniently transports you between Kirkwood, Heavenly and Northstar. For scenic lake views, Heavenly is an easy 45-minute drive. Northstar is 90-minute drive around Lake Tahoe. Experience all 3 resorts on the Epic Pass.

Mountain Club Hotel Condominiums

Join the Club! Located slopeside, the Mountain Club Hotel Condominiums offer ski-in/ski-out luxury with a sauna, hot tub, ski lockers, full kitchens, gas fireplaces, underground parking and more. Units range from double queen hotel rooms to two-bedroom loft condos.

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The Lodge at Kirkwood

The Lodge at Kirkwood is a premier vacation spot on the mountain. This ski-in/ski-out property offers one and two bedroom condos equipped with full kitchens, wood fire places, and views of the village and slopes. Located at the base of five chairlifts and home to The Wall Bar restaurant, you can easily take first chair and return for a après ski.

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Timber Ridge

Indulge in Kirkwood’s luxurious side and make your experience one to remember. Watch the snow fall in comfort in one of our spacious luxury condos. The three bedroom and three bedroom loft units are equipped with full kitchens and plenty of room to relax. In addition, large families or groups can enjoy après ski in style with spacious mountainside Townhomes which sleep 9-12 people!

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Meadow Stone

Meadow Stone is located just steps from just steps from Cornice Express for first tracks as well as the Kirkwood Meadow, where you’ll find ample space for snow play. The two and three bedroom condos are outfitted in mountain style and equipped with all the comforts of home.

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E:K Discovery Series

E:K Discovery series is designed to take intermediates and expert skiers/riders to the next level. Expedition: Kirkwood recognizes it takes perseverance, dedication and hard work to get to the next level. So, we have created three (3) session series combining the unique terrain Kirkwood has to offer with the top coaches to give you a one of a kind instruction. Terrain specific lessons equip you ski/ride these areas with confidence.

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E:K Cat Tours

Expedition guides and patrollers lead groups to the freshest turns on these four run sessions. Cat skiing operations follow significant storms when conditions permit, and operate at Martin Point. Avalanche beacons, probes and backpacks are provided, however, guests are strongly encouraged to bring own gear if they have it. Open to advanced to expert skiers and riders, E:K Cat Tours are a great way to challenge yourself.

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Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

The cross country ski and snowshoe center at Kirkwood offers 80km of groomed trails at 2,377 metres and the most spectacular scenery and exciting terrain in the west. Next to the Kirkwood Inn and nestled in a beautiful Alpine Valley, our diverse terrain offers excellent skiing and snowshoeing for all abilities. Sip on hot chocolate beside the wood burning stove in the day lodge or warm up in one of our three trailside warming huts, then finish the perfect day with a scrumptious meal at the historic Kirkwood Inn.

Ladies Only Camp

The Expedition: Kirkwood Women’s Only Clinics are designed to take women to the next level by improving your skills and pushing your own boundaries. Open to intermediate thru expert skiers and riders, this one (1) or two (2) day camp is about escaping, having fun, developing friendships, seeking adventure and doing something just for you. You will tackle a variety of terrain and snow conditions while working on terrain selection and off-piste skiing and riding.

Saloon Style

Dine in a turn-of-the-century log cabin that once served as Kirkwood’s only post office and stagecoach depot. The historic Kirkwood Inn & Saloon was built in 1864 and now offers Western cuisine like its award-winning Comstock Chili and the Inn Keepers Meat Loaf.


End your day at the K! The K-Bar is Kirkwood’s freshest après spot… a European-style umbrella bar invites guests to stop and take a break from the slopes to enjoy our signature cocktail; The Kirkwood Connection; a beer; or a bite to eat.

Wall Bar

The Wall Bar & Restaurant is Kirkwood’s only full-service dining in the heart of the Village – Kirkwood’s choice dining spot for wild game burgers, gourmet salads, and the signature Wall Bar Mac n’ Cheese. A true, all American experience.