Kirkwood — After weeks of faithful preseason “pray for snow” rituals and festivities, the snow gods have delivered. With upward of 6 feet of fresh snow over the weekend, Kirkwood Mountain Resort opened for the season Wednesday.
Chairs 5 (Solitude) and 6 (Cornice Express) will be first to turn; Chairs 1 (Snowkirk) and 11 (The Reut) will follow suit as soon as conditions and snow safety allow, accessing an enormous amount of skiing and riding and beginner-to-expert terrain by Friday, Nov. 26. Kirkwood Mountain Resort has been hit hard by the weather systems coming through the Sierra resulting in record snowfalls over the past four days.
“I have been at Kirkwood for over 30 years and this is the most snow and best conditions we have ever had in November” Dave Meyers, vice-president of operation said. “Skier and riders are in for exceptional powder conditions for opening day and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.”
The Tahoe Learning Center will provide ski and board lessons from the Village beginning Friday. Experienced instructors are on hand for first time skiers and boarders (including two hour lesson, equipment rental and all-day limited lift ticket) and private lessons. Call 209-258-7754 to make reservations and take advantage of holiday weekend discounts.
Village services — rentals, retail shops, repair shop, ticket office and food and beverage venues open Wednesday as well, with extended hours through the weekend. Opening weekend day ticket prices to be announced. Preseason season pass pricing is still available. Adult midweek season passes start at just $239. At just $469, the adult 7WOOD offers a full season of skiing and riding with no blackout dates at the lowest rate in the Tahoe region.
Call the Season Pass office at 209-258-7277 for more information. Wednesday marks Kirkwood’s earliest kickoff since the 2004/05 season, when unseasonably early storms led to a late October opening. Often referred to as the “K Factor,” Kirkwood receives an average of 500 inches of snow each season — more than any other resort in the Tahoe region.
Located on the western slope of the Sierra, Kirkwood is the first to receive the bounty of incoming storms, which often lose intensity as they progress toward Tahoe. The 7,800-foot base elevation lends itself to Kirkwood’s legendary powder days, even as warmer storms bring rain to lower elevations in the Tahoe region.
Stay and Ski: Guests can avoid the post-holiday traffic and work off their Thanksgiving food coma with Kirkwood’s early season Stay and Ski package, starting at just $89/person per night, including a multi-day lift ticket and in-valley accommodations (based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room; two night minimum). Upgrades to luxury, family-sized and true ski-in/ski-out condos are available.
Just 30 miles out of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood offers an escape from the weekend crowds and long lift lines found at many resorts. Stay and Ski package deals are available seven days a week until Dec. 16, and Sunday-Thursday (excluding holidays) through the remainder of the season. Call Kirkwood Vacations at 800-967-7500 for reservations.
About Kirkwood Mountain Resort — Kirkwood Mountain Resort is becoming one of the nation’s top year-round family destination lifestyle resorts. Located on Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800feet assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other Tahoe resort. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety. Most recently, Kirkwood earned the title of On The Snow’s Visitor’s Choice award for Far West mountain resorts, and was ranked No. 10 in the country by Ski Magazine, the only South Tahoe resort ranked in the top 10.
Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours and backcountry expeditions. It’s an ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings with boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, call 209-258-6000.