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Expedition Kirkwood

Expedition: Kirkwood is a unique program like no other in the region. Combing the unique and special terrain at Kirkwood with qualified guides and coaches to provide an experience like no other, it's the master's degree of ski school. Expedition Kirkwood had three separate segments for you to choose your adventure from: Resort based programs, junior programs and backcountry and educational programs.

Resort based programs provide coaching while exploring all of Kirkwood legendary terrain. Focus for these programs are to get as much skiing and riding in as possible and gets some tips along the way. We won't be standing on the side of the run doing drills. 

Our junior programs are set up for kids that rip. If you are the casual visitor to Kirkwood our weekend All-Stars clinic is perfect for the advanced skier and riders. For those that can make the commitment our JETS (Junior Expedition Teams) is a season long program developing some of the best athletes and kids in the area. 

For those looking to push beyond the boundaries we have created an educational and adventure series to help you gain the skills and confidence to explore outside the ski areas. Beginning avalanche education through our 3 day certificated course we have a program to suit every level of skier and rider.


PRIVATE GUIDES

Resort Based Guides

At Kirkwood the best spots may not always be marked on the trail map. Get the inside perspective, plus professional coaching, trick, and tips from the folks who ski and ride Kirkwood 100+ days per season year after year.  Ski or ride the best of Kirkwood on any given day and never wait in a lift line. Private Guides are available in three and six hours increments or groups of up to five people of similar abilities. 

Resort Based Guides:
  • 3 Hour AM 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • 3 Hour PM 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • 6 Hour 9:30am - 4:00pm 

Out of Bounds Guides

Guides for this program require reservations, are weather and conditions dependent and at the discretion of Expedition Kirkwood staff.  Prior to heading out guide will spend time with each group debriefing the local avalanche forecast, safety protocols and create plan for the day based on experience level and fitness.  Guests will be required to equip themselves with an avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, backpack and touring gear. Any needed gear can be rented from us. We will focus on the Thunder and Avalanche bowl area returning to the resort through the Martin Point area. Additional recommended gear: layers, water, snacks, sunscreen and lip balm, energy bars and  goggles and helmet.

Out of Bounds Guides:
  • 3 Hour AM 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • 3 Hour PM 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • 6 Hour 9:30am - 4:00pm

Private guides and coaches are limited and reservations are highly recommended. A credit card is required to secure your booking. Reservations must be cancelled 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time for a full refund. Cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled start time will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

EK CAT TOURS: MARTIN POINT

Expedition Guides and Patrollers lead groups to the freshest turns on these four run sessions. Cat Skiing operations follow significant storms when conditions permit, and operate at Martin Point. Avalanche beacons, probes and backpacks are provided, however, guests are strongly encouraged to bring own gear if they have it. Open to advanced to expert skiers and riders. Groups will spend 30 minutes prior to trip departure covering avalanche and safety protocols. Tours are 3.5 to 4.5 hours long and guests get 4 runs per group.  All trips depend on snow safety.

Dates:  As available

Cost:  $250

Contact Expedition:Kirkwood to book your Martin Point CAT Tour today.

PROGRESSION SESSIONS

These three hour clinics led by our specially trained Progression Session coaches are designed for ripping adult skiers and snowboarders. Progression Sessions focus on the variety of skills needed to handle variable snow conditions and the different terrain at Kirkwood. These sessions are our ultimate group lesson experience for advanced adults. This adventure lets us hook you up with a few new friends who ski/ride at your level, and want to get better fast. If after this awesome session you feel like you want more, talk with your coach about our all day workshops. (Available for adult levels 7-9 skiers and riders)

Dates:  Saturday, Sunday & holidays. (Holiday dates include: Dec. 28 - Jan. 1; Jan. 18; Feb. 15)

Time:  10am-1pm

Cost: $85

BACKCOUNTRY WORKSHOPS

Our Backcountry Workshops are a great introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation upon which to build skills for the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certificate Course. Learn the basic skills needed to venture safely inside resort boundaries or into basic lift accessed backcountry/sidecountry terrain in this all day course. This workshop will cover avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations, intro to the companion rescue, and an introduction to touring equipment and skills. Clinics are led by Expedition:Kirkwood Guides and are limited to 8-12 participants. Backcountry Workshops are open to all disciplines at an advanced to expert level (alpine touring ski, splitboard, telemark, rondine). 

ADVANCED SKIERS AND RIDERS ONLY

Beacon/shovel/probe/pack included free of charge for all participants. 

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
  • 9:00am-10:30am- Greeting and classroom discussion
  • 10:30am-11:15am- Gear discussion and tour preparation
  • 11:15am-4:00pm- tour to Red Cliffs (pit/intro to companion rescue)

Dates
: 1/28, 2/5, 2/12, 3/26

Cost: $195 w/out touring gear; $215 if you need to rent AT Skis or Splitboard.


FREERIDE WORKSHOP

This NEW workshop is designed to take intermediates and expert skiers/riders to the next level.  At this level Expedition: Kirkwood recognizes it takes perseverance, dedication and hard work to get to achieve your goals. We have created the Freeride Workshop combining the unique terrain Kirkwood has to offer with the top coaches to give you a one of a kind series.   Whether you want to hone your skills in the steeps, navigate the signature chutes of Kirkwood, explore off the top of Kirkwood's cornices & bowls or just ski/ride around with others like you; this is the workshop for you. Groups are arranged based on ability and snow conditions and range from 4-6 people.


Dates: 12/24, 1/15, 2/4, 2/25, 3/11

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm *Workshops with three people or less will run for four hours*

Cost: $195

STEEPS CAMP

This terrain specific series will focus on the unique Kirkwood terrain offers along with the exploration and skill development it takes to successfully ski/ride these areas with confidence.  We will discover what it takes to ski the steeps of this mountain from top to bottom, focusing on skill development, tactical choices and terrain selection.  Groups are arranged based on ability and snow conditions and range from 4-6 people. 

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm *Camps with three people or less will run for four hours*

Dates: 1/21, 2/18, 3/18

Cost: $195

MASTERS PROGRAM

This season we are offering a new program through Expedition: Kirkwood - the Master's Program for pass holders age 50 and over. We have had interest from many of our guests indicating they would enjoy a mid-week social skiing program with our coaches that focus on some of the following aspects:

  • Other seniors to share the mountain experience with
  • To ski/ride safely and with confidence
  • To be able to keep up with the grandkids on the slopes
  • Peace and quiet - uncrowded slopes, lift lines, and pre/après ski activities
  • To have FUN 
Other goals of ours is to help the Master's "Ski for Life." In order to do that senior skiers/riders need information on:
  • Modern equipment improvements
  • Wellness guidance on eating and conditioning
  • How to ski/ride "Smarter, not harder"
  • Body mechanics, movement techniques, and tactics that enhance their experience with modern equipment
  • How to conserve energy on the slopes so they can ski all day
What the program includes: 
  • A simple continental style breakfast
  • A short warm-up/stretching session
  • Introduction and interaction with coaches
  • Small groups on snow with similar ability levels
  • Après-ski social time
Time: 8:00am-1:00pm

Dates: 12/22, 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23

Cost: $50

AIARE LEVEL 1

A three day introduction course to the avalanche phenomena. Students will develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision making while in the field and the concepts of a companion rescue.

AIARE - The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education has developed standardized curriculum for a complete program of avalanche courses that meets the needs of students at all levels, from recreational to the professional and students from novice to expert.

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Contact Expedition: Kirkwood to book your AIARE Level 1 Course today. If the below dates don't fit your needs, please contact us about setting up your own custom AIARE Level 1 Course (min 8 people for custom course).

Dates: 12/16-12/18, 1/6-1/8, 1/14-1/16, 1/21-1/23, 1/31-2/2, 2/7-2/9, 2/18-2/20, 2/24-2/26, 2/28-3/2, 3/10-3/12, 3/17-3/19, 3/31-4/2

Cost: $325

AIARE Cancellation Policy
•Outside of 5 days - no charge
•Within 5 days - 50% charge
•Day of/no show - full charge
•Road closure - no charge

BACKCOUNTRY AWARENESS CLINICS

Our Backcountry Awareness Course is a great introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation upon which to build skills for the AIARE Level 1 Course. Learn the basic skills needed to venture safely inside resort boundaries or into basic lift accessed backcountry terrain in this four hour course. Course covers avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations and intro to the companion rescue. Clinics are led by Expedition Guides and are limited to 8-10 participants. Strong intermediate through upper skill level needed.

Clinics start promptly at 9am with 2 hour of classroom time and 2 hours of field time. Advance reservations are highly recommended; minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 12 participants.

Dates:  12/31, 1/29, 2/11, 3/25

Time:  9am-1pm

Cost:  $0

BACKCOUNTRY WORKSHOPS

Our Backcountry Workshops are a great introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation upon which to build skills for the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certificate Course. Learn the basic skills needed to venture safely inside resort boundaries or into basic lift accessed backcountry/sidecountry terrain in this all day course. This workshop will cover avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations, intro to the companion rescue, and an introduction to touring equipment and skills. Clinics are led by Expedition:Kirkwood Guides and are limited to 8-12 participants. Backcountry Workshops are open to all disciplines at an advanced to expert level (alpine touring ski, splitboard, telemark, rondine). 

ADVANCED SKIERS AND RIDERS ONLY

Beacon/shovel/probe/pack included free of charge for all participants. 

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
  • 9:00am-10:30am- Greeting and classroom discussion
  • 10:30am-11:15am- Gear discussion and tour preparation
  • 11:15am-4:00pm- tour to Red Cliffs (pit/intro to companion rescue)

Dates
: 1/28, 2/5, 2/12, 3/26

Cost: $195 w/out touring gear; $215 if you need to rent AT Skis or Splitboard.

LADIES ONLY 1 DAY CLINICS

This 1 day series is for the Ladies ONLY. Open to intermediate thru expert skiers and riders, this series is about escaping, having fun, developing friendships, seeking adventure and doing something just for you. Throughout the day, you will tackle a variety of terrain and snow conditions while working on terrain selection, tactical approach and off-piste skiing and riding technique.

Camps start promptly at 10:00am. Groups range from three to six people and are organized based on ability.

Dates: 12/31, 1/29, 2/11, 3/25 

Cost: $195 Advanced Purchase

LADIES ONLY 2 DAY CAMP

The Expedition: Kirkwood's Signature Women's Only two day camp is designed to take women to the next level by improving your skills and pushing your own boundaries. The camp starts off with a simple skill assessment where we will help you set personal goals for your weekend, which may include introducing new skills, refining the ones you already have or exploring new terrain. We want to provide you with the inspiration to push your own limits, tackle terrain or conditions that you never thought you could ski and leave with the desire to keep driving and learning. 

Camp includes:

  • 2 Full days of coaching
  • Private party in the Kirkwood Mountain Sports with wine and cheese
  • Special shopping deals
  • 10% off on kids full day ski and ride school for the weekend
  • Equipment talks on latest gear
  • Discounts on demo equipment
  • Video analysis (weather permitting
  • Special check in at Expedition for your kids 

Dates

: March 4th-5th


Cost: $435

 

Depending on abilities, guides will focus each group on skill development and terrain exploration.  Guests will get plenty of individual coaching as well as lots of practice time to hone in their new skills.  Groups will be split based on skiing/riding ability and conditions.  We will use both male and female guides for the skiing and snowboarding portion of this clinic.

Call 209.258.7360 or email Expedition: Kirkwood for more information!

ALL STARS

These three hour clinics led by our specially trained All Star coaches are designed for ripping skiers and snowboarders ages 6 - 15. Clinics focus on the variety of skills needed to handle variable snow conditions and different terrain. All Stars clinics provide a glimpse into the JETS program for children that cannot commit to being on the mountain every week. Children must be comfortable riding Chairs 11 and 6 or at least of a level six skiing/snowboarding ability.

Dates: Weekends and Holidays

Cost: $85

JETS PROGRAM

The Junior Expedition Teams are a season long program where athletes can achieve their full potential on the mountain. Teams will be skiing/riding with the same coach week after week. Parents will see their athletes achieve new goals on the mountain and before you know it, kids are surpassing parents with their abilities.

Kirkwood JETS continues to be recognized as one of the top ski and snowboard team programs in California. During the 2015-16 winter season, we had the most Kirkwood team athletes ever participating in National competitions, and every child demonstrated dramatic improvement in their skiing and riding throughout the season.

Programs, pricing and details for the 2016-17 winter season are now available here.  JETS athlete spots SELL OUT every year and new athletes are subject to a successful tryout to qualify for a team and proper placement.


WINTER CONTACTS

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