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Ski Experience - Kirkwood

Upon entering the resort guests will be greeted with short lift lines and some of the friendliest staff of any ski area. This resort, about 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe, is close enough to all the action, yet far enough away that it remains secluded and private. Touted as the hidden gem of the Sierras, the mountain offers epic Tahoe-style skiing for a fraction of the price. While it’s been a fiercely guarded secret by locals for ages, recent word of mouth has made this ski area a popular destination.

Ski Levels

By no means a large resort, its 2,300 acres and well over 2,000 feet of vertical are wildly diverse and skiers and boarders of all ability levels will find plenty of terrain that is suitable. Fifteen percent of the mountain's trails are ideal for beginners and younger skiers. Half of the mountain is perfect for intermediate skiers. The remaining 35 percent is designated for advanced and expert skiers. For adventure-seekers some of the most challenging backcountry terrain is in the Tahoe Basin.

A quarter mile east in Alpine Valley sits the resort’s very own 80 kilometers of spectacularly groomed cross-country trails. At 7,800 feet above sea level, these paths offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire Lake Tahoe region. Dogs are allowed on two trails, the High Trail located behind the Kirkwood Inn and the Outer Loop on the meadow.

Après Ski

After the day is over, sip on hot cocoa beside wood burning stoves in the day lodge or warm up and relax in one of three trailside huts. There are plenty of great activities around the area. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, hiking, and boat rides. There are also an array of fabulous indoor activities like shopping, gambling, swimming, theatres, or have a pampering day at the spa at Body Slopes Massage. The area's genuine Western charm coupled with a great mountain and amenities have helped shape its reputation as one of the best resorts around.