Kirkwood, California - Ski Mag

Kirkwood, California

Worth a spot on your bucket list.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
Skiing powder at Kirkwood

Talk about a sick day.

Any mountain that’s a current or former host of a Freeride World Tour is a mountain that belongs on your bucket list. Kirkwood, located 35 miles southwest of the Lake Tahoe resorts, is just such a place. The Cirque, site of the FWT competition in 2013, is permanently closed, but no worries, there are plenty of other adventures to be had. 

Experts head straight up Chair 10 to The Wall, the iconic, steeply pitched ridgeline that the resort is known for, to test themselves on mandatory 20-foot airs and plentiful chutes. Kirkwood is also the happy recipient of the K Factor, a weather phenomenon that historically graces the 2,300-acre resort with the region’s best snow. Factor that in during your vacation planning.     

Average SnowfallAcresLiftsTrails

354

2,300

15

86

READ MORE:

Related

2021 Resort Guide Mammoth Mountain

2021 Resort Guide West - No. 20: Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Hosting an amazing range of terrain and snow, Mammoth aims please skiers of all types.

_Northstar_CoDavidWiseweb

2020 Resort Guide West - No. 19: Northstar, Calif.

Ski with an element of chilled-out California luxury.

Night skiing at Steven's Pass

Stevens Pass, Washington

A little bit of everything with big personality.

2021 Resort Guide Heavenly Mountain Resort

2021 Resort Guide West - No. 21: Heavenly, Calif.

Aptly named for the snow and majestic views.

Hiking the Ridge at Bridger Bowl

Bridger Bowl, Montana

Bozeman’s town hill is a local favorite with some serious terrain.

2018_12_07_SV_HighCampSunsetGK_0008

California Cruisin'

Pack your Ikon Pass and hit the slopes from Squaw Alpine to sunny SoCal.

Hiking at Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse, British Columbia

For the price of a lift ticket, you are smack in the middle of Mother Nature's playground.

mt Bachelor Resort Guide 2020

2020 Resort Guide West - No. 23: Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

You either love Mt. Bachelor or you don’t know Mt. Bachelor.