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Old 10-06-2014, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Alpine vs. Kirkwood Season pass

Anyone have a educated opinion on either of these two mountains in terms of lift lines, i prefer to ride during the week, and/or abundance of natural terrain to play on. I have not ridden these either of mountains for about 4 or 5 years and was mostly wondering about changes. Not much of a park rat but i do place quality of features over quantity.

I guess im just looking for a resort to practice picking lines, finding lines and a decent place to practice tricks to add to those lines without becoming stagnant. i.e. same lines over and over again.
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LOVE Kirkwood... been at Alpine once... both nice, KWood generally gets more snow and less crowds due to the drive up, has no after-ski amenities and it's more "hardcore" oriented than AlpineMeadows.
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Does the backside of Kwood get opened up often? Cause i have been hearing that alpine has a open policy on theirs, still need to confirm this. I'm really concerned with variety terrain. I don't want to get to gnarly, just want to be well rounded and versed by the season after this. Summer trips in the works and whole lot of terrain learn and relearn.
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No alpine riders in the forum?
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Does the backside of Kwood get opened up often? Cause i have been hearing that alpine has a open policy on theirs, still need to confirm this. I'm really concerned with variety terrain. I don't want to get to gnarly, just want to be well rounded and versed by the season after this. Summer trips in the works and whole lot of terrain learn and relearn.

Depends on the conditions.... Once they opened the frontside and the backside in sequence...and it was better IMO, now they open it all as soon as conditions permit.
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Can't comment on Kirkwood.
I've been a season passholder at Alpine Meadows for 8 years. I spend 2/3rds of my days at Alpine and 1/3 at squaw just to change it up. Between the 2 mountains you can find everything you want conditions permitting.
Hopefully they can workout the issues with the owner of the land between the mountains and get the lift in. Would be nice to ride "KT22" and "Idiots delight" in the same day without driving.
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Get the Squaw/Alpine pass. You'll have two amazing mountains right next to each other, that each have an "abundance of natural terrain to play on" and if you're riding mid-week, you won't hit any of the lines. Assuming you live in the Bay, the drive up I80 midweek is much easier and faster than I50.

source: passholder to both resorts, live in the area.
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cant wait to shred at kirkwood, i been at dodgeridge the last couple seasons, but after last years crappy season at dodge, it is time for a change.
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Looks like the alpine/squaw pass looks to be the better of the two, for me at least. Abundance of terrain and decent park to practice and not so remote sidecountry. Looking forward to scouting some spots.
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