Kirkwood Ski Resort

Kirkwood Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Kirkwood, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Kirkwood stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Kirkwood is a part of the Epic Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at most of the Vail owned slopes with it throughout the year. There are a handful of different types of Epic passes available, ranging from 3-7 days, to season-long.

Kirkwood Lodging:

Kirkwood Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Kirkwood has a total of 81 ski trails, which are serviced by 15 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,300 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 931 hectares, 4 square miles, or 9 square kilometers.

Kirkwood's slopes see on average 509 inches (200 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 42 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,300(9 km2)
Annual Snowfall
509"(200 cm)

Kirkwood Ski Resort Elevation

Kirkwood Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,800 feet, or 2,987 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,800 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,000 feet (610 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 9,800 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
9,800'(2,987 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,000'(610 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,800'(2,377 m)

Kirkwood Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
55.7out of 100
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Kirkwood's difficulty level of 55.7 is above average. 85% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Kirkwood has 2,300 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Kirkwood's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 50% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 35% as expert.
15%(345 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(1,150 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
35%(805 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Kirkwood Ski Resort good for beginners?

Kirkwood is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 65% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Kirkwood Ski Resort Location

Kirkwood Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Kirkwood, CA.

Kirkwood, CA 95646 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
38.68400, -120.06800

Getting to Kirkwood Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Kirkwood Ski Resort), its coordinates of 38.68400, -120.06800 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Kirkwood, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Kirkwood Ski Resort.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV59 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA82 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA134 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Kirkwood.

Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA67 mi
Fresno Yosemite International AirportFATFresno, CA133 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA149 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Kirkwood Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Kirkwood Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Sierra-at-TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA8,852 ft51%9 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%19 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%28 mi
Granlibakken TahoeTahoe City, CA6,350 ft14%33 mi
Alpine MeadowsOlympic Valley, CA8,673 ft56%35 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%35 mi
Palisades TahoeOlympic Valley, CA9,050 ft76%36 mi
NorthstarTruckee, CA8,610 ft51%41 mi
Sugar BowlTruckee, CA8,383 ft51%42 mi
Donner Ski RanchNorden, CA7,781 ft37%46 mi
Mount RoseReno, NV9,700 ft58%46 mi
BorealSoda Springs, CA7,700 ft29%47 mi
Soda SpringsSoda Springs, CA7,300 ft30%47 mi
Tahoe DonnerTruckee, CA7,350 ft25%47 mi
June MountainJune Lake, CA10,090 ft66%83 mi
Mammoth MountainMammoth Lakes, CA11,053 ft68%91 mi

Kirkwood Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation9,800 ft
Base Elevation7,800 ft
Vertical Drop2,000 ft
(15% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  35% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,300
Avg. Annual Snowfall509 inches
Kirkwood Ski Resort Mountain Stats