Cross Country & Snowshoe Center

Located 1/4 mile east of Kirkwood on Highway 88 and nestled in a beautiful Alpine Valley, our diverse terrain offers excellent skiing for all abilities.
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Ski lessons, coaching sessions and tours available daily. Ask about Elevate Sessions…up to 30 minutes to help improve your skills, designed to fit your specific needs.

10am | Introduction ski session, quick review
Or improve your technique

11am | Snowshoe tour, hear about the history, geology
and wildlife of the area

1pm | Ski tour with technique tips along the way

1pm (weekends) | Learn to skate

Contact us at 209.258.7248 for additional information.

Check back for spring Sunset Snowshoe Tours

For more information, please call 209.258.7248 or email



Our trails are divided into three different systems: Meadow, Caples Creek, & Schneider Trail

The Meadow System
Located across the highway from the center, connects the cross country center to the Kirkwood Village and provides the best novice skiing in the region. The meadow itself is over two miles long is one of the last undeveloped high altitude meadows of its size in the Sierra.

The Caples Creek System
The Caples Creek system is directly adjacent to the center and provides the most diversity of the three systems. The System begins with a long rolling decent to Caples Meadow. This sheltered meadow offers a tranquil experience as one skis along the winding creek. Caples Creek is dotted with beaver ponds, birds of prey; ducks, heron, and all the small fur bearing critters that stay active in the winter.

The Schneider Trail System
The Schneider Trail System is located at a higher elevation, climbing to over 9,000, feet affording phenomenal views of the surrounding wilderness areas including the Carson spur and Caples Lake.
The Schneider Trail System is an elaborate system of interwoven trails in the high country of Kirkwood. Climbing to the crest of the Sierra, these trails afford views of the Desolation Wilderness, the Coastal Range and a panoramic view of the Sierra Crest.

The trails all lead up toward the famed Schneider Cow Camp. Beyond the camp one climbs Sierra Vista and on to Coyote Pass., the top of the trail system.


Includes introduction lesson, quick tips, elevate session, or snowshoe tour.

Equipment Rental, Trail Pass & Lesson
Adult Junior


$70 $48 $36
Daily Trail Pass
Adult Full Day Adult Half Day Junior Full Day (13-18) Child Full Day (5-12) Senior Full Day Dog Pass 
$40 $36 $25 $18 $30 $5
Ski Skate set up with instruction  Fat Tire Bikes Private Lesson (up to 3 skiers)
$75 $35 $65
Adult Senior Junior Child Dog Pass
$240 $230 $200 $75 $25
Season Pass Upgrade to include Cross Country $110

Questions or Make Reservations? Contact the Kirkwood Cross Country and Snowshoe Center at 209.258.7248 or