The Mountain

The Mountain

Welcome to Kirkwood Mountain Resort!

 

The Stuff Of Legend…

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. Discovery from exploration. Personal satisfaction, from personal challenge. At the end of the day, a uniquely rewarding 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 receive the lightest, the driest, and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region.  With 2000 feet of vertical drop, and over 2300 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.

In the summertime, Kirkwood turns into a picturesque high alpine adventure playground! World class rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and fishing are all just within a stone's throw of the resort. Fields of wildflowers will take your breath away during the summer months, and the turning aspens make a beautiful backdrop during the fall months.

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Doc the Dog - A Very Special Mascot

Doc the Dog, a legendary Avalanche Rescue Dog, rescued an individual who was caught in an avalanche in 1993. Avalanche dogs are specially trained to track, locate and rescue people buried under large masses of fallen snow often with the many other distractions that come with a rescue scene.   We have several rescue dogs on our ski patrol team that you may see riding the chairlift or out on the mountain training.  Kirkwood pays tribute to all avalanche dogs that help aide in the rescue of victims, with their very own Mascot, Doc the Dog. Look out for Doc around the Village Plaza and Timber Creek on weekends.
 

The Story of Doc

Kirkwood employee Jeff Eckland was caught in an avalanche in Button Bowl smashed into a tree and broke his back and ribs.  Buried for nearly 15 minutes under five feet of heavy snow, he couldn’t move.   “..I was buried way down there against a tree and was close to blacking out when I felt his paw hit my back… without Doc, it probably would have been several hours before they found me. I’m pretty sure I would have died.”    Doc traversed into the avalanche area and went straight to the clump of trees where he proceeded to dig out the buried skier.

Kirkwood Mountain Stats - Winter

Hours of Operation 9am - 4pm (subject to change due to weather and snow)
Annual Avg Snowfall  600 inches
Trails  81+
Skiable Acres  2,300
Vertical Rise  2,000 feet
Base Elevation  7,800 feet
Top Elevation  9,800 feet
Number of Lifts  15
Types of Lifts
 3 surface lifts, 1 double chair, 6 triple chairs, 1 fixed grip quad,
 2 high speed quads, 2 magic carpets
Uphill Capacity  19,905 skiers per hour
Longest Run  2.5 miles
Terrain  15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert
Snowmaking  Top to bottom coverage on four runs
Parks & Pipes  Half pipe, 2 terrain parks.

 Kirkwood Mountain Stats - Summer
  

Trails 18 trails in the valley, 11 in lift accessed mountain bike park, 11.5 miles of single track
Vertical Rise  2,000 feet
Base Elevation  7,800 feet
Top Elevation  9,800 feet
Lifts  Chairs 1 & 2 operate on weekends during the summer months
Mountain Bike Terrain  10% beginner, 50% intermediate, 30% advanced, 10% expert
Bike Park Features  Features included log rides, pump track and other terrain park features.