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March 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM


Current Temp




Today's Forecast

Updated @1600: Cold tonight with widespread sub freezing temperatures. Warmer, less breezy Wednesday. Dry into early next week, then some hope for snow.

Short-Term Weather Outlook

Updated @1600 Weather Discussion: The surface pressure field is slow to stabilize across Northern California. This will maintain easterly flow across the Northern Sierra Nevada today which will keep exposed higher terrain breezy today with gusts continuing to top out around 35 mph. Otherwise expect temperatures throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin to end up a little cooler than Monday due to the delay in the cooler air spilling into the Great Basin yesterday in reaching the back side of the Sierra Nevada. Transitory ridging, in advance of a weak disturbance due to clip the Pacific Northwest tomorrow, will leave winds lighter, more westerly (at least for the region's higher terrain) and daytime temperature noticeable warmer throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. Current expectation are that dry, generally mild weather will continue for Northern California through the weekend into early next week but the rest of next week holds some promise for precipitation to return. Latest show storm activity breaking through as early as Monday night, which is a significant bump up in timing. This may prove to be premature but next week does look to be cooler and will probably see precipitation return to the North State. Right now it does not look to be very much and models continue to have some disagreement on the timing, track and intensity of weather systems expected to advance inland along the West Coast next week. At least there is some hope for more snow coming to the Lake Tahoe Basin before March comes to an end.

Snow Stats

Base Summit
Last 24 Hours 0" 0" Last 7 Days 0"
Last 48 Hours 0" 0" Seasonal Total Range 215-303"
Storm Total 0" 0" Base Depth 70"

The data for this real-time snow and weather report is obtained directly from the snow weather plots at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the surrounding areas. Snow totals and snow accumulation are consistently 15 to 20% more than reported as a result of wind, micro squalls and snow loading. Weather patterns at Kirkwood Mountain Resort are exceedingly difficult to predict – when venturing into the mountain, be prepared for rapid, dramatic weather changes.

Surface Conditions

Skier & Rider Packed / Machine groomed

Road Conditions: Open

Hwy. 88 via Tahoe: Updated as of 1600 as reported by Cal Trans: NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.
Hwy. 88 via Jackson: Updated as of 1600 as reported by Cal Trans: NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

Lift Operations

Lift Status Groomed Runs
#1 SnowKirk Scheduled
#2 Caples Crest Scheduled Flying Carpet, Whiskey Slide
#3 Iron Horse Scheduled Herringbone, Upper Bud's Alley, Lower Bud's Alley
#4 Sunrise Scheduled Elevator Shaft, Happiness Is
#5 Solitude Scheduled Home Run, Mokelumne, Lower Zachary, Lower Monte Wolfe, Outlaw Park, Lower Olympic, Lower Lookout Janek
#6 Cornice Express Scheduled Sentinel, Zachary, Stump Run
#7 TC Express Scheduled Home Run, Bandit Park, Hole N Wall, Up N Over, Jane's Jaunt, Squirrel Ridge, Jambi's Jaunt
#9 Bunny Scheduled Graduation, Funny Bunny, School Run
#10 Wagon Wheel
"The Wall"
#11 The Reut Scheduled Wagon Trail, Shortspoke, Caples Crest Traverse, Buckboard
#14 Vista Scheduled
#15 Covered Wagon Scheduled

Lifts open from 9am-4pm.

* Lifts 12 & 13 are our Magic Carpets at Timber Creek. These are for exclusive use by the Tahoe Learning Center during lessons and not open to the public.

* Lift operation is dependent on weather conditions and snow safety and therefore subject to change at any time.

High Angle Grooming

Upper Lookout Janek, Happiness Is, Sentinel, Zachary

Open Bowls

Button, Happiness Is, Sunrise, Conestoga, Headwater, Thunder Saddle, Devil's Draw, Palisades, Wagon Wheel, Eagle Bowl, Sentinel

Expedition: Kirkwood

Expedition:Kirkwood Steeps Camp - These terrain specific co-ed camps focus on terrain exploration and skill development in off-piste conditions. Open to intermediate through expert skiers, camp cost includes six hours of coaching, lunch and video analysis (weather permitting) plus a brief introduction to backcountry gear and protocol. Cost: $160 Time: 9am to 3pm Info/Res: 209.258.7360

Parks & Pipes

Outlaw (Chair 5) Open
Bandit (Chair 7) Open

Timber Creek Learning Center Open

Timber Creek is open, This includes Timber Creek Retail, Rentals, Ski and Ride School, as well as, Timber Creek Cafe.

Mountain Village Open

Kirkwood Mountain Sports Retail - 8:30am - 4:30pm Kirkwood Mountain Sports Village Rentals - 8:30am - 4:30pm Kirkwood Mountain Sports Demo Center - 8:30am - 4:30pm M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm Sat/Sun Expedition Kirkwood/Ski and Ride School - 8am - 4:30pm The Edge Tuning Center 8:30 - 4:30 Monday - Friday Village Ticket Office - 8:00am. - 4:30pm K-Bar - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monte Wolfes - 8:00am - 4:30pm Off the Wall Bar - Friday, Saturday - 11:00am - 9:00pm Off the Wall Bar - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center Open

Cross Country is open with 70 kilometers (45 miles) of machine groom trails with skating, classic and snowshoe lanes. Lessons are daily at 10:30 and 1:30, private lessons are available by arrangement.

Special Events & Remarks

The Kirkwood Ski Team’s Head 2 Head Race and Dinner Auction will be on Saturday, March 22nd. This family friendly event is open to all skiers and snowboarders. Skiers of all abilities and ages are welcome. The race consists of two qualifying runs in the morning after which the teams are formed and each participant has two more runs in the afternoon. Contact Jim Reilly at or call 831-662-2975 or 408-497-6622 to sigh up. Race and dinner: $125 for adults and $75 for children. Dinner only prices: $75 for adults and $35 for children