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A lot of Hype about Kirkwood...Nothing special really...



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I've been to Tahoe many times, and have been to more than 1/2 the mtns there multiple times. I really love Squaw & Northstar at their respective ends of the lake. I hear Kirkwood is amazing for snowboarding, so that is the one I have yet to get to just because it's so far South and away from everything else on its own.

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Surf, you are a gentleman and a scholar....LOL. thanks so much for all that info. I think we might just do it just like you planned it...couple days at squaw/alpine, then homewood, maybe rest a day, then take the trip to Kirkwood. I think even 2 hours would be worth the drive, plus the parents love the scenic drives through the mountain anyway...as mentioned above, i drive 6 hours roundtrip EVERY week to go ride in North Carolina, so the driveing isnt that big a deal to us.

my only possible deviation from your itenerary would probably be to just stay at a resort in Squaw. would that cause any major changes to your plan?? I just think after flying across the country and spending all the dough on the trip, myself and my family would more enjoy the atmosphere of a resort for our day to day stuff. at least for our FIRST trip to Tahoe, as i foresee many more! But sight unseen, not sure i can sell that well be staying at a hotel/motel in the town.

Srsly though, cant say thanks enough to Surf and the rest of you guys for chiming in. Yall really are helping to make an amazing trip for me and mine.


kirk, thanks for the vid, that was bad ass...what is that run called?
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I've been to Tahoe many times, and have been to more than 1/2 the mtns there multiple times. I really love Squaw & Northstar at their respective ends of the lake. I hear Kirkwood is amazing for snowboarding, so that is the one I have yet to get to just because it's so far South and away from everything else on its own.
What do mean by 'respective ends' for Squaw and Northstar? They are pretty much in the same corner of the lake... The drive between them is a little inconvenient but still only 20-30 minutes IIRC?
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Surf, you are a gentleman and a scholar....LOL. thanks so much for all that info. I think we might just do it just like you planned it...couple days at squaw/alpine, then homewood, maybe rest a day, then take the trip to Kirkwood. I think even 2 hours would be worth the drive, plus the parents love the scenic drives through the mountain anyway...as mentioned above, i drive 6 hours roundtrip EVERY week to go ride in North Carolina, so the driveing isnt that big a deal to us.

my only possible deviation from your itenerary would probably be to just stay at a resort in Squaw. would that cause any major changes to your plan?? I just think after flying across the country and spending all the dough on the trip, myself and my family would more enjoy the atmosphere of a resort for our day to day stuff. at least for our FIRST trip to Tahoe, as i foresee many more! But sight unseen, not sure i can sell that well be staying at a hotel/motel in the town.

Srsly though, cant say thanks enough to Surf and the rest of you guys for chiming in. Yall really are helping to make an amazing trip for me and mine.


kirk, thanks for the vid, that was bad ass...what is that run called?
Get on chair 4 (Backside) as soon as it opens...you might have to wait for it. That's the mellow "Happiness is" just skier's right of chair 4 (Sunrise). The "wave" will be more to you right...with steeper terrain,cornices and drips. The lift line to your left, with some open woods in between. Enjoy!

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Oh, Kirkrider...that vid of The Wave makes me crazy. So awesome! I LOVE THAT PART OF KWOOD!. My GoPro videos are in 40 mph winds. It was insane! I love the run-out through the trees.
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Oh, Kirkrider...that vid of The Wave makes me crazy. So awesome! I LOVE THAT PART OF KWOOD!. My GoPro videos are in 40 mph winds. It was insane! I love the run-out through the trees.
Dude...I can't wait to go back. The one behind me is my son (13), proudly riding my old Ride Control. That day was perfect...6" of fresh, bluebird and no one around. But I need deeper stuff for that Hovercraft. I was hoping for this weekend since I (luckily) work now, but no new snow fri-sat. I am tempted to just go and carve fast runs, my son wants to hit the park...I can do laps on the Wall...You going?

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Is it crowded on pow days? Might have to plan something there
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Squaw also has a good deal about flying and getting a free lift ticket for that afternoon and night. I did that a couple of years ago as a "warmup" for the next few days.


Fly & Ski Free
Guests just off the airplane can ski or ride the afternoon and evening for free! Present a same-day commercial airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows and receive a complimentary lift ticket good from 1-4pm as well as night skiing, when night operations are in effect (Squaw Valley only).

Expect the unexpected and then deal with it.
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Is it crowded on pow days? Might have to plan something there
Kirkwood is never "crowded." It is so big, and so far off the lake, that only the serious skiers/riders tend to go there. You don't get hung up with noob families, because it is a pretty intimidating looking mountain. The main areas look pretty scary to first-timers.

I have a Kirkwood t-shirt they sent me when I was designing their e-mail blasts a few years ago, which says "If you find the trail you're on too crowded, pick another one until he's gone." That about sums it up.
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A lot of Hype about Kirkwood...Nothing special really...
Sounds just like Baker. Overhyped.

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What do mean by 'respective ends' for Squaw and Northstar? They are pretty much in the same corner of the lake... The drive between them is a little inconvenient but still only 20-30 minutes IIRC?
You're right they're both pretty near each other in North Lake. I was reading someone's post about Heavenly when I posted.

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