Kirkwood Ski Area Snowboarding

The 9th most popular snowboarding destination in California.

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Southwest of South Lake Tahoe at Carson Pass, the Kirkwood ski area has 65 runs open to snowboarding with a maximum vertical of 2,000 feet spread over 2,300 acres. Kirkwood is known for legendary deep powder and world-record cliff drops. If you are coming for extremes, check out the guided-only terrain in The Cirque.

On powder days, try heading up Chair 6, turn right and run back down the rocky, steep chute known as Chamoix. Next, head up Chair 6 again, turn to the right and continue all the way over the ridge line to the Palasades.

There is some excellent backcountry access to explore. Try heading out the gate at the top of Chair 6 and try the wide open powder fields near Glove Rock. On pow mornings, make sure you're lining up at Chair 6 or Chair 10 since they are the first to open.

For some apres ski action, try the Wall Bar. For nightlife, the best option is the Kirkwood Inn and Saloon.

To reach Kirkwood from South Lake Tahoe, head south on SR89. Then turn west onto SR88 for about 15 minutes.

Lodging options are VERY limited, VERY expensive and not know for high quality. Try the quaint Sorensens Resort, which is about 15 minutes east, or stay in South Tahoe, which is about 30 minutes away.

Overall, Kirkwood Ski Area is the 9th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in California. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Kirkwood Ski Area including Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Squaw Valley Resort, Northstar at Tahoe Ski Area, Sierra at Tahoe Ski Area, Boreal Ski Area and Sugar Bowl Resort.

Kirkwood (CA/US)

Kirkwood (CA/US)

Kirkwood Ski Area Ski Map



Local Contact(s):  California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Kirkwood Ski Area (209) 258-7248; Tahoe Avalanche Info (530) 587-2158.

Recommended Book:  "Backcountry Snowboarding Tahoe" from Brandyn Roth

Best Season:  Dec. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Sorensons Resort, Hope Valley (530) 694-2203

Luxury Loding:  Lodge At Kirkwood

Breakfast Restaurant:  Kirkwood Inn Restaurant

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.7028, -119.962

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  1/9/2017

ID:  11359

Kirkwood Ski Area Snowboarding Map