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Old 03-13-2011, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Many people highly recommend this place, but many complained about the slow lifts, and it's more of an intermediate-advance mountain.

I know northstar is nicknamed flatstar, that's why I'm worried. I can cruise down all of the blue runs at northstar, which specific runs would you recommend in kirkwood? I like long, wide, groomed blues (which beginner doesnt!?!? lol)

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Old 03-13-2011, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The runs over at Timber Creek (Chair 7) would be a good warm-up for any early intermediate. Once you play around there for a bit, make your way to Caples Crest (Chair 2) by taking chair 1, on the other side of the mountain. The top of Caples has some beautiful views and you can have lots of fun on Juniper and Flying Carpet. Once you had your fill there, take Herringbone to Buds Alley and go down to Chair 4. It is gorgeous out this way and Elevator shaft or Happiness Is will give you a nice long blue cruiser run. I've taken newbies to Kirkwood in the past and they could tackle plenty of the mountain. Go and have fun! Kirkwood really is Rare Earth! The drive to Kirkwood from SLT is one of the most beautiful rides ever!
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The runs over at Timber Creek (Chair 7) would be a good warm-up for any early intermediate. Once you play around there for a bit, make your way to Caples Crest (Chair 2) by taking chair 1, on the other side of the mountain. The top of Caples has some beautiful views and you can have lots of fun on Juniper and Flying Carpet. Once you had your fill there, take Herringbone to Buds Alley and go down to Chair 4. It is gorgeous out this way and Elevator shaft or Happiness Is will give you a nice long blue cruiser run. I've taken newbies to Kirkwood in the past and they could tackle plenty of the mountain. Go and have fun! Kirkwood really is Rare Earth! The drive to Kirkwood from SLT is one of the most beautiful rides ever!

Very much appreciated!! I just looked at the map and it's alot bigger than i thought! Honestly, are the blue runs at Northstar really that flat? It makes me feel so happy riding there, i just don't want the steeper area to freak me out and all of a sudden I forget how to turn....
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The runs over at Timber Creek (Chair 7) would be a good warm-up for any early intermediate. Once you play around there for a bit, make your way to Caples Crest (Chair 2) by taking chair 1, on the other side of the mountain. The top of Caples has some beautiful views and you can have lots of fun on Juniper and Flying Carpet. Once you had your fill there, take Herringbone to Buds Alley and go down to Chair 4. It is gorgeous out this way and Elevator shaft or Happiness Is will give you a nice long blue cruiser run. I've taken newbies to Kirkwood in the past and they could tackle plenty of the mountain. Go and have fun! Kirkwood really is Rare Earth! The drive to Kirkwood from SLT is one of the most beautiful rides ever!

Very much appreciated!! I just looked at the map and it's alot bigger than i thought! Honestly, are the blue runs at Northstar really that flat? It makes me feel so happy riding there, i just don't want the steeper area to freak me out and all of a sudden I forget how to turn....i'm so spoiled by the gentle runs at Northstar!
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You need to try somewhere else if you want groomer. Chair 7 is mostly park now. Many runs have a short shot of steep and end with long flat. Chair 4 is typical of that. There are many gullies that are fun to ride. You should try the two small ones by Chair 7 as a start.
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Thanks hellside. The map on kirkwood trail doen't really tell me which runs are groomed... are their blue runs not groomed?? Is it alot steeper than the blues in northstar? I just got comfortable linking turns on blue at northstar, I don't want this to traumatize me!! My riding buddy really want to go to Kirkwood....

Are there specific runs that you recommend aside from the ones on Chair 7? If i do take the chair 4 to the top-ish, the runs that brings me down to the village is not too bad right? Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie rider!
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You will have plenty of fun at Kirkwood....stick with 7, 5, 3 and maybe 4 for a long run. Once you will get better you will enjoy the true Kirkwood...powder.
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Thanks hellside. The map on kirkwood trail doen't really tell me which runs are groomed... are their blue runs not groomed?? Is it alot steeper than the blues in northstar? I just got comfortable linking turns on blue at northstar, I don't want this to traumatize me!! My riding buddy really want to go to Kirkwood....

Are there specific runs that you recommend aside from the ones on Chair 7? If i do take the chair 4 to the top-ish, the runs that brings me down to the village is not too bad right? Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie rider!


Blues are Blues. Kirkwood is notorious for some gnarly terrain....in the areas of blacks and double blacks. Where you're looking to go, you'll be fine. If you take Chair 4 up for a long run, you'll need to go to chair 3 and take that back over the ridge to get back to the base area. Chair 4 is on the "backside" of the mountain. I'd stay with 2,5, and 7 until you are comfortable for the big run.

I can't speak to Northstar, but I had my gf with me last year and she was able to ski (she had only been on skis 4 times prior to our Tahoe trip) Squaw and Kirkwood. She was geeked-out on day 1....like mad at me freaked out. By day 3 she was going down High Whiskey at Kirkwood.....an open Black.

Remember, fear is all in your head. If you can link turns on blues, then you can link turns on long blues, short blues, and powdery blues. You'll be fine.
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Thanks hellside. The map on kirkwood trail doen't really tell me which runs are groomed... are their blue runs not groomed?? Is it alot steeper than the blues in northstar? I just got comfortable linking turns on blue at northstar, I don't want this to traumatize me!! My riding buddy really want to go to Kirkwood....

Are there specific runs that you recommend aside from the ones on Chair 7? If i do take the chair 4 to the top-ish, the runs that brings me down to the village is not too bad right? Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie rider!
All chairs have groomed runs. Chair 7 still have groom runs but they are very short.

I don't suggest that you go to chair 7 first if you are concerned about steeper hill. You will most likely encounter a steeper section when you want to go to the village area (chair 5,6,10,11) from chair 7. neednsnow has good advice on 1,2 and 4. The top groomed section of chair 4 is steeper but not that bad. It becomes flatter once you pass that. You actually have to keep good speed to ride thru the flat area if you want to reach chair 4 or 3. It is hard to say what is steep for you from my perspective. You want to have good speed to chair 2 and back to the main village too.
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Awesome everyone!! I took notes of all the chairs I should be taking. I am also considering taking a lesson, they have lessons for $59 which includes all mountain lift ticket, maybe the instructor can help me get over the fear for steeps!! I only want to do 1 or 2 hr lesson so i will have time to explore the mountain.

Reason why I'm worried is because EVERYONE says the blue runs at northstar is overrated, and it's flatstar not northstar, blah blah blah... well, i didn't think so, i love northstar, i was able to cruise down from the top all the way down to the village, really long, fairly wide, groomed runs, but dodging people especially towards the beginner areas is dangerous..

I look forward to Kirkwood!
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