Skiing in Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Eldorado National Forest, California USA

Vertical Drop:
2000 feet/609.6 meters
Top elevation:
9800 feet/2987 meters
Base elevation:
7800 feet/2377 meters
Skiable Area:
2300 acres/9.30 km²
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year round resort in Kirkwood, south of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California, USA. Kirkwood is at 33 mi/53 km south of South Lake Tahoe, on State Route 88 and it is surrounded by El Dorado National Forest.

Kirkwood is a well known resort for having one of the highest average snowfalls and a big selection of advanced ski terrain, making it perfect for extreme skiers. Its 2 mi/3.2 km ridge-line at the top makes it a unique location.

Before the lifts, you can locate Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation (KSEF), which offers numerous training programs for all ages and abilities. Its vertical drop is 2000 ft/609.6 m and its top elevation is at 9800 ft/2987 m. Base elevation is at 7800 ft/2377 m and skiable area covers 2300 ac/9.30 km².

It has 65+ runs total, of which 15% for beginners, 50% for intermediate and 35% for advanced skiers.Longest run is 2.5 mi/4 km. The lift system has 15 lifts with 2 high speed quads, 6 triple chairs, 2 surface lifts, 1 tubing lift, 1 fixed-grid quad, 1 double chair and 2 magic carpets.

Terrain parks are Burton Progression Park, Border X Course, Burton Adventure Land and K2 Stomping Grounds. Snowfall is about 500 in/1270 cm.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM South Lake Tahoe
34.9 miles (56.16 km), 52 minutes
Take US 50 West to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West. Take US 50 West to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 35 min.).
BY CAR FROM North Lake Tahoe
60.7 miles (97.68 km), 1 hour 35 minutes
Take Route 28 E to Hwy 50 W to Route 89 South to 88 West. Take NV Route 28 East/South ( go 13 mi. from Incline Village). Turn Right onto US 50 West (go 17.4 mi.). Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.). Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.). Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.). Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 60 min.).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
103 miles (165.76 km), 2 hours 18 minutes
Depending on your location along Highway 50, you may exit in three locations. Exit South Bound Watt Avenue, or Sunrise Boulevard, or El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Head South until you hit Highway 16 (The Jackson Highway): Approximately 1.5 mi on Watt Ave, or 7.3 mi on Sunrise, or 17 mi on El Dorado Hills Blvd/Latrobe Road. Turn Left onto the Jackson Highway: Approximately 28.1 mi from entry off Watt Avenue, or 17.7 mi from entry off Sunrise Ave, or 2.7 mi from entry off El Dorado Hills/Latrobe. Turn Right at the Intersection for Highway 49, taking you towards Jackson and Sutter Creek (go 6.8 mi). Before you get to Jackson, turn Left onto Ridge Road (go 8.3 mi). (Note: if you get to Jackson and miss Ridge Road, don't worry - you can turn directly onto Highway 88 East Bound in the town of Jackson just past the historic Main Street district.). Turn Left onto Highway 88 East (go 48.8 mi). Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (appox. 1.5 to 2 hours from most Sacramento starting locations).
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO),
80.1 miles (128.91 km)

Amtrak services the entire USA. For fares, tickets and schedule check the website.


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