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Kirkwood Celebrates 35th Birthday with forecasted 10 feet of Snow


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(Kirkwood, Calif.) — Kirkwood’s colorful history began back in 1972 with one road, one lodge and four chairlifts accessing the terrain once explored by historical figures such as Zachary Kirkwood, Monte Wolfe and Snowshoe Thompson. Kirkwood Mountain Resort today boasts over 2,300 skiable acres, more than 65 trails, 12 chairlifts, a variety of on-site lodging and second-home opportunities, and is visited by more than 400,000 riders each season. To commemorate this milestone, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is hosting its 35th Anniversary Celebration Weekend this Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th with plenty of festivities and giveaways. The weekend will include a full lineup of events including Subaru’s Master the Mountain, the Marmot 6 Summit Peak Pursuit, a special editor’s cut of the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival and a collage of vintage Kirkwood footage from the last 35 seasons. For more information, log onto or call 877 KIRKWOOD.

“This is truly a momentous occasion and with winter storms forecasted leading up to this weekend, it looks like the mountain plans on celebrating, too! said Allon Cohne, Director of Marketing. “Guests should expect to enjoy the legendary powder conditions that are synonymous with Kirkwood throughout the world!

The Subaru Master the Mountain event will take place on both Saturday, Jan. 5th and Sunday, Jan. 6th offering free Expedition: Kirkwood “teaser clinics for skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers. Registration will take place each day in the Subaru Tent located in the Mountain Village Main Plaza from 9:00am until 1:00pm and guests are encouraged to sign up early as there is limited space for teaser clinics. These clinics will provide participants with tips from our Expedition Guides to get their riding going in the right direction with an emphasis on fun. Nordica Skis, Nitro Snowboards and Swix Wax will also be in attendance with free demos for participants. For more information, log onto or call 209.259.7360 for details.

In addition to the free “teaser clinics, Expedition: Kirkwood will be offering numerous specialty clinics including its first Burton LTR Powder clinic on Friday, Jan. 4th with the registration fee of $160 ($130 for passholders) including equipment rental, lift ticket and clinic costs. On Saturday, Jan. 5th, there will be a Rossignol Women’s 1 Day Ski Expedition and an All Mountain Snowboarding Expedition offered for $160 ($130 for passholders) which includes lift ticket, video analysis, lunch and clinic costs. On Sunday, Jan. 6th, there will be an Intro to Backcountry Touring Course offered for $100 with a focus on sharing safe, knowledgeable practices while exploring out-of-bounds. For more information on these or any Expedition: Kirkwood program call 209.258.7360.

The Marmot 6 Summit Peak Pursuit gets underway at 8:00am on Saturday, Jan. 5th and the cost is $70 (includes lift ticket). Competitors in this randonnee rally will race to ascend and descend the six peaks that punctuate Kirkwood’s skyline, starting with Martin Point and finishing at Red Cliffs. Participants can pre-register online at or sign up in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge on Friday, Jan. 4th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm or on Saturday, Jan. 5th from 6:30am to 7:30am.

A special editor’s cut of the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival will be shown at the resort at 7:00pm on Saturday, Jan. 5th along with a collage of vintage Kirkwood ski and snowboard footage captured over the years. Guest speakers will include world-renown climbers Tommy and Beth Caldwell who will share their stories from travels all over the world. In addition, Kirkwood Freeride Team member Craig Garbieel will be on hand signing posters for those in attendance. Tickets for the event will be $10 and will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30pm at the Group Sales desk in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge. This festival SOLD OUT in South Lake Tahoe and seating is limited. Guests are encouraged to get to Kirkwood early to insure their seat for the best in action-adventure sports films.

In addition to the incredible lineup of events, weather forecasts are predicting over 5 feet of snow during this upcoming storm system. With the mountain already 100% open, conditions are certain to be worth using your powder clause at work. Guests can enjoy the convenience of slopeside accommodations by calling 800 967-7500.

35th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, January 4th
9:00am Burton LTR Powder Clinic at Expedition: Kirkwood Headquarters

Saturday, January 5th
8:00am Marmot 6 Summit Peak Pursuit at Timber Creek Base Area
9:00am Subaru Master the Mountain Event at Subaru Tent Main Plaza
9:00am Nordica Skis, Nitro Snowboards, Swix Wax at Demo Tents Main Plaza
9:30am Women’s 1 Day Ski Expeditions at Expedition: Kirkwood Headquarters
9:30am All Mountain Snowboarding Expedtion at Expedition: Kirkwood Headquarters
1:00pm Live Music with “Favoritz at Off the Wall Bar
6:30pm Editor’s Cut Tahoe Adventure Film Fest at Red Cliffs Day Lodge
6:30pm Kid’s Night w/ Movies & Pizza at Mini Mountain Building

Sunday, January 6th
9:00am Intro to Backcountry Touring at Expedition: Kirkwood Headquarters
9:00am Sierra Avalanche Center Day at Kirkwood Mountain Resort