Kirkwood is a Class A (most dangerous) avalanche area. Our Ski Patrol Team works tirelessly to ensure the resort is safe to ski. Please observe and respect our ski area and avalanche closure boundaries.
Planning a trip into the Backcountry or Sidecountry? Kirkwood is surrounded by some amazing terrain, but keep in mind that when you go exploring out of bounds, you’re on your own – no Ski Patrol and no snow safety. Avalanche danger is real - keep yourself in the know and check conditions before you head out. Go to the Sierra Avalanche Center for daily backcountry forecasts and observations.
Get the low down on backcountry travel from the experts at Expedition: Kirkwood. E:K offer a range of avalanche education programs including AIARE certified avalanche education courses designed to give you the information and skills you need for a safe and successful venture into the backcountry.
Get The Gear
There are a few essentials that you should carry with you anytime you travel in the backcountry. Expedition: Kirkwood Outfitters have a range of gear including probes, beacons, shovels and backpacks and the knowledgeable staff can help you make sure you're prepared.