Kirkwood is off the grid in more ways than one. The whole place runs on generators. Lift lines are six people deep on a powder day. Sierra storms fill the ski-porn-worthy terrain, closing roads and shutting down lifts for days. But with inbounds runs slanted up to 42 degrees, the most reliable snow in the area, and chutes that make big-mountain skiers queasy, it’s hard to believe the resort stays so low-key. Thank the hourlong drive from South Lake Tahoe’s packed casinos and resorts, which ensures Kirkwood remains unsullied by the masses. Just the way skiers there like it.
After a storm delay, the North American Freeskiing Championships wrapped up Monday at Kirkwood. Kirkwood local Josh Daiek upset the men's field to win. On the women's side, Angel Collinson, the current tour leader, came out on top again. Here's what the competition looked like.