Kirkwood Unveils What's New for the 2008-2009 Season - Ski Mag

Kirkwood Unveils What's New for the 2008-2009 Season

Resort’s On-mountain Plans Include Two New Lifts, New Beginner Lift and Revamped Terrain Park Layout

(Kirkwood, Calif.)

– For the first time in 24 years, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be adding two new lifts for the 2008-09 season to improve access to its 2,300 acres of legendary terrain. Additionally, the resort is installing a new Wonder Carpet lift in the Timber Creek beginner’s area designed specifically to ease the learning process for those just taking up the sport. Kirkwood is also investing over $10,000 in revamping its three terrain park layouts with upgraded features and more progressive elements. These improvements are the first significant phase in bringing to reality Kirkwood’s recently approved Mountain Master Development Plan.

“Those familiar with the terrain accessed by our two new lifts understand why our season passholders can’t wait for the 2008-09 winter season to get underway! The evidence speaks for itself with a record number of season passes sold to date,” said Tim Cohee, Chief Marketing Officer of Kirkwood/Mountainsprings. “Even more exciting, is the fact that these improvements represent only the tip of the iceberg with additional lifts and other on-mountain improvements soon to follow suit.”

On top of the on-mountain improvements, Kirkwood spent the off-season upgrading base area services and resort infrastructure. New programs and events have also been added to the 2008-09 winter calendar including the return of the North American Freeskiing Championships. And the resort has invested a significant amount of both time and money in upgrading its website and online communication channels.

Two New Surface Lifts, New Wonder Carpet Lift and Expanded Lift-served Terrain

For the 2008-09 season, Kirkwood will be adding two new surface lifts accessing close to 700 acres and over 1350 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding. The Lookout Vista lift replaces the hike to the famed chutes of Thunder Saddle along with access to the snowfields and cliffbands of Sunnyside for those headed to the resort’s backside. The Covered Wagon lift gains access to the highest point crossed on the historic Mormon Emigrant Trail along with pristine powder stashes on Fawn Ridge and mind-blowing backcountry access when the gates are open.

The resort is also installing a new beginner-friendly Wonder Carpet Lift at its Timber Creek Base Area to supplement the existing network of tows and lifts ideally suited for the first-time skier or snowboarder. Recently named “Top Ten Places to Learn” by USA Today, the Timber Creek Base Area has been remodeled to provide one-stop convenience for beginners and families offering rentals, lessons, tickets and food service options.

Added Value and Unbeatable Pricing on New 6Wood Season Pass

New this season, Kirkwood announced the 6Wood Season Pass valid six days a week including Sundays (holiday restrictions apply). The same price as the previous midweek pass, the 6Wood offers added value at an affordable price of only $239 until September 15th. For more information, log onto

or contact the season pass office at 209.258.7254.

New Terrain Park Layout and Dedicated Skier/Boarder X Course

Kirkwood is investing over $10,000 in new school features as it revamps its three terrain park layouts with a focus on achieving the perfect blend of progression and flow. The resort has recruited a dedicated staff of experienced individuals to maintain the features and invested in snowcats/machinery specifically designed for terrain park applications. In addition to its three terrain parks and halfpipe, Kirkwood will be constructing a dedicated Skier/Boarder X Course open to the public under Chair 5.

Groundbreaking Underway on Expedition Lodge and Thunder Mountain Lodge

Construction is underway on both the Expedition Lodge and Thunder Mountain Lodge properties offering some of the only true ski-in, ski-out locations in all of Lake Tahoe. With a scheduled completion date of December 2009, the amenities of Expedition Lodge at the base area of Kirkwood Mountain Resort will elevate the guest experience to a level unparalleled, not only at Kirkwood, but quite possibly the entire Tahoe region. Plans include a slopeside spa, fitness center, owner’s lounge, wine & coffee bar and outfitter’s store.

The Thunder Mountain Lodge project will anchor the amenities offered at the resort’s Timber Creek Base Area and feature large, luxurious properties in the heart of a village atmosphere. For more information, log onto

or contact Kirkwood’s real estate offices at 209.258.7777 or 888.593.7767.

New Menus, Remodeled Restaurant Interiors and Extended Hours of Food & Beverage Operations

Under the direction of the resort’s newly hired Food & Beverage Director, Kirkwood is overhauling its restaurant menus with a focus on organic options and flavorful combinations. Renovations to the interior of Monte Wolfe’s Country Kitchen have been completed creating a welcoming atmosphere and stunning views of Kirkwood’s distinctive ridgelines. Hours of operation for all food and beverage outlets are being reassessed to insure a wide variety and consistency in regards to guest dining options.

Return of the North American Freeskiing Championships

A long-standing favorite venue amongst competitors and spectators alike, Kirkwood has once again been selected to be the host resort for the 2008-09 North American Freeskiing Championships on March 16th through March 22nd. In addition to the competition, Expedition: Kirkwood will be hosting clinics and camps throughout the season with a focus on big-mountain riding in preparation for the event. Guest coaches will include professional athletes such as Kirkwood’s Craig Garbiel and Josh Daiek, both of whom enjoyed podium finishes on last year’s World Extreme Tour.

New Interactive Website and Convenient Online Purchasing Opportunities

Kirkwood will be launching a new website for the 2008-09 season with a focus on dynamic, interactive content and real-time videos, webcams and forums. Not only will users be able to upload their own video and photo content, guests will be able to subscribe to e-newsletters, RSS feeds, text alerts, podcasts and other online media. As an added convenience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase lift tickets, season passes, lessons, rentals, lodging and retail gear all with a simple click of the mouse.

Expedition: Kirkwood Expands its Curriculum for 2008-09

Burton Powder Progression Program -

Kirkwood and Burton Snowboards have partnered to create a first-of-its-kind powder progression program. The “Learn to Ride Pow” program is designed for intermediate riders who want to experience deep powder.

Burton Women’s Learn-to-Ride -

South Lake Tahoe’s only Burton Learn-to-Ride program caters to women of all levels. Additionally, Kirkwood has the area’s largest women-specific Burton snowboarding gear available – from lower-volume boots to more flexible boards – designed exclusively for a woman’s body.

Junior Expedition Teams –

After a successful inaugural season, Kirkwood is expanding its Junior Expedition Teams with additional options for parents as well as adding a select traveling team. The JET’s program is a year-long commitment where kids ages five to 17 can learn the fundamentals of big mountain skiing and riding in a positive environment.

Introduction to Backcountry Courses and Avalanche Awareness Classes -

Tahoe’s only backcountry certification program includes avalanche awareness, route finding, hazardous terrain recognition, pacing and travel techniques.

Beacon Basin –

Practice your avalanche beacon skills at our newly relocated training grounds, open to the public.

Expanded Carpool Forum and Rideshare Program

Kirkwood is overhauling its online carpool forum, known as the “KPool”, to create a more intuitive, user-friendly format and include additional areas in its search capabilities. The resort will continue to offer incentives from sponsors such as O’Neill, Marmot and CLIF Bar for those who take advantage of the program.

Environmental Initiatives

Sustainable Energy –

Kirkwood has signed a letter of intent with Synergy Power Corporation out of Reno, NV to install twenty variable-speed wind turbines in hopes of generating over 20% of the resort’s energy needs.

Green Tag Dollars

-Kirkwood will continue to sell Green Tags at the ticket window this season to help develop new wind power generation facilities in the U.S. Kirkwood sold more than any Lake Tahoe resort in 2007-08 and has pledged to match the total sales of Green Tag for the upcoming ski season.

National Forest Foundation -

In partnership with the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Kirkwood Lodging will continue its agreement with the National Forest Foundation, a congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S Forest Service, that every lodging rental unit includes an extra $1 fee to be used for funding local projects within the El Dorado National Forest.