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A feeling like no other, Kirkwood energizes your heart and liberates your spirit. Fueled by a culture that demands a willingness to push your boundaries, Kirkwood offers adventure in its purest form.
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You choose to come to the mountains – why? There is an intrinsic feeling deep within our souls that ties us to wonder, curiosity and connection. Kirkwood’s heritage runs deep in every aspect. It’s not Tahoe for a reason. If you choose to come to Kirkwood be prepared to take home a story like no other.
Get the insiders scoop from our VP Tom Fortune


Our Vice President and General Manager Tom Fortune will be posting a short update on our operations every Friday.


Hello Kirkwood Followers! 

What an amazing start to the 2018-19 ski season! Thank you all who have been on the mountain already, and we look forward to seeing those soon who haven’t been up on the mountain yet. I want to start a weekly post to give you all an update on what’s happening at Kirkwood from an operations perspective. 

I wanted to start this weekly update by acknowledging the entire staff here at Kirkwood for their effort in ramping up operations fast and as safe as possible. Each and every employee plays an important role in opening the resort every year. Our motto is “Safely Home, Everyone, Everyday” and we approach everything we do with safety as our first priority, for both our guests and our staff. 

Secondly, I want to acknowledge our summer trail crew and all the work they did on the mountain this summer. Beginning in June, this small crew of Mountain Operations employees used chain saws, blade saws, string trimmers, and a big mower to cut back the small trees, brush and grass on the main ski runs so that we can open earlier and with less snow. This maintenance work hasn’t been done for many years, and has contributed big time to being able to open as much terrain as we have so far this winter. Nowhere has this been more evident than looking down Sentinel Run this past week and not seeing a tree top sticking out.

In addition to the summer trail work, our crews also made a number of impactful improvements to make Kirkwood better. Here are just a few of the improvements to look forward to:

Mountain Improvements: New drive and comm. line on chair 6 | New braking systems on chairs 10 and 11 | Moved Epic Mix gantries on chairs 7 and 9 to help maze flow | Rebuilt all snow fencesSolar Powered weather station at 8,500 feet for better snow and weather reporting
Timber Creek: New carpet and furniture | New flooring in bathrooms New outdoor barbecue and bar service | New ticket and season pass sales booth at top of stairs | Move Epic Mix gantry on chairs 7 and 9 to improve maze flow.
Village: New Outside Guest Service Information Center | New and upgraded outside barbecue and bar areas | Added ski school sales and service counter at the entrance of the rental shop | Adding additional fire pit and outdoor seating at The Wall Bar
Parking Lots: Asphalt repairs Village Parking Lot and Lower Red Cliff’s Parking Lot | Road Base and graded gravel lots and Kirkwood 

Again, it’s great to be open and off to such a great start, enjoy the snow and expanded terrain over the next couple days and I hope to see you at Kirkwood Deep on Saturday.

- Tom