Best Kirkwood Ski Area Snowboarding

The 7th most popular snowboarding destination in California.

  Lake Tahoe, California, US


  January 28, 2019

Southwest of South Lake Tahoe at Carson Pass, the Kirkwood ski area has 86 runs spread over 2,300 acres served by 15 lifts that access maximum descent of 2,000 feet. With an average annual snowfall of 350 inches, the ski area is best known to snowboarders for legendary deep and dry powder and world-record cliff drops.

For advanced snowboarders, Kirkword is best known for the Wall off Chair 10 which has a mandatory 20 foot drop. On powder days, the best snowboarding at Kirkwood can be found in Wagon Wheen Bowl, Palisades Bowl (Chair 6) or Fawn Ridge. After shreading the wide open bowls, try heading up Chair 6, turn right and run back down the rocky, steep chute known as Chamoix. The best access for the extreme off-piste backcountry terrain is via the gate at the top of Chair 6 where you can head into wide open powder fields near Glove Rock.

For the freestyle snowboarders in your pack, Kirkwood offers two terrain parks to session. Ranging from beginner to intermediate, the parks have rails, tabletops and boxes to test your abilities. 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 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 14 snowboarding resorts in California. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Kirkwood Ski Area including Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar at Tahoe Ski Area, Sierra at Tahoe Ski Area, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Palisades Tahoe and Sugar Bowl Resort.

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

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

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GPS:  38.682845, -120.067091

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  1/28/2019

ID:  11359

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