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I've had a few requests to organize a ski trip, so here it is folks! Kirkwood Mountain Resort has it all! Not only is it one of the best resorts for skiing and snowboarding, but they have dog sledding, snowmobiling, and much more!
When? Thursday, January 9th thru Sunday, January 12th
Where? Kirkwood Mountain Resort is located about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood was ranked No. 10 in the country by Ski Magazine (October 2009), the only South Tahoe resort ranked in the top 10, and readers of Silicon Valley's The Wave Magazine selected Kirkwood as Resort of Choice for Winter 2008.
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort Overview:
• Highest Elevation: 9,800-Foot Elevation
• Base Elevation: 7,800 feet
• Skiable Acres: 2,300
• Vertical Rise: 2,000
• Number of runs: 81+
• Terrain Difficulty: 15% beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced, 15% expert
• Snowboarding: The entire mountain is open to snowboarders
• Average Annual Snowfall: 600 inches
• Parks & Pipe: Half pipe, 2 terrain parks
• Longest Mountain Descent: 2.5 miles
• Lifts: 15 Lifts
We'll be staying in a gorgeous 5 bedroom + Loft, 3 Bath House located on Merrill Rd at Kirkwood Mountain, close to the village. The home is on a 1/3 of an acre with amazing views of the Sierra Mountains from the front and back decks. Relax in the HOT TUB on the front deck after a great day of skiing on Kirkwood's deep snow. The Kirkwood courtesy shuttle will take us to and from the lifts.
The home is 3000 square feet and loaded with all of the amenities that you need for a fun getaway. The floorplan features 3 floors of living space with 2 comfortable family rooms , 2 kitchens upstairs and downstairs, a large dining area, loft, 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is equipped with DVD players, stereo, VCR and computer access. It also has a 2 Large Flat screen TV's, board games, cable, WiFi, and much more.
The house will sleep up to 16 people (14 people comfortably in beds). The home has 3 levels. The downstairs has: 3 bedrooms, family room, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. The main level has: 1 bedroom, a large kitchen, dining room, family room, bathroom, laundry and 2 large decks with a HOT TUB on the front deck. The upper lever is a spacious master suite with a king bed, bathroom and comfortable loft attached.
Beds include: King size beds (2) One King Bed in Master Bedroom Upstairs and another in one of the downstairs bedrooms; , Queen size Beds (2) 2 Bedrooms have Queen Beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sofa bed in the loft area Also a Air bed in sorage area if needed, Bunk Beds (1) One bedroom has a double bed bunk bed. This is a double bed on both top and bottom.
Cost: $200/ person
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Skiing & Snowboarding
Lift Tickets for Adults are $114 for 2 days (1 day ticket is $62)
Rentals are available at Kirkwood Mountain Village Rentals for $23 to $66 per day. Please visit http://winter.kirkwood.com/site/node/1571 for more info.
Adult Group Ski and Snowboard lessons (including lift ticket and ski rentals) are $104 for first timers or $115 for Level 2-6.
For the experienced skiier and avid adventurer looking to explore Kirkwood on a more intimate level, check out Expedition Kirkwood. The unique terrain offers lift access to backcountry opportunities within the resort boundaries providing the perfect backdrop for a range of special clinics, private guides and backcountry awareness offerings.
Lake Tahoe Adventures has been taking visitors from around the world on scenic backcountry snowmobile tours for more than twenty years. Experienced professional guides lead small groups into the wild Sierra highcountry and bring them back smiling. They offer Hope Valley Snowmobile Tours lasting approximately 2 or more hours in length that pass through some of Tahoe's best snowmobiling backcountry. Select from one of the options below to get more information.
After a brief orientation, a safety talk, and driving instruction, guests drive themselves, following their guide. The trail climbs rapidly, quickly heading deep into the backcountry. Looking west across Faith Valley, visitors see the dramatic Sierra Crest at nearly 10,000 feet. Crossing Charity Valley below Markleeville Peak the trail passes historic cabins built by early settlers. Following the rim of Charity Canyon and another climb to 8,300 feet, it levels out for a view of a peak very appropriately named The Nipple.
Cost for a 2 hour tour is $120 for a single $160 for a double
Helmets, Boots, and Gloves included! Goggles and Snowsuit available for rent
Husky Express Dog Sled Tours offers sled rides for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the winter landscape and the thrill of dog sledding. 25-year veteran musher Dotty Dennis will take you on a tour of Hope Valley aboard her sled, behind a team of well-trained dogs. Tours last about an hour and cover 5 miles of beautiful countryside amid Sierra peaks.
The sled can carry a total load of 375 pounds (including gear), which usually adds up to two adults and one or two small children.
Fee: $240 (a box lunch for $10 can be added with advance notice)
For reservations call (775) 782-3047.
Running Creek Sled Dogs is located on Highway 88 at the entrance to Kirkwood Resort. They will take you out for a sled ride with an experienced guide and an energetic team of Siberian Huskies. The sleds can carry up to 450 pounds, which usually means two adults and one or two small children.
The 30-minute scenic Meadow Loop whisks through the snowy meadows of Kirkwood. Adults $85, children $45
Adventure Ride allows you to ride on the back of the sled with the musher, rather than sit inside. Adults $130, children $60.
Moonlight Tours available by arrangement.
Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance: (775)[masked]
Kirkwood Resort's tube hill is open on weekends and holidays. On Saturdays it operates 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM and on Sundays from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Tickets for use of the hill can be purchased at the High Alpine Adventure Center - (209) 258.7210. The Adventure Center is located opposite Red Cliffs Day Lodge.
Ticket Prices: 1 Hour $14, All Day $20 (season passes $69)
**If we get bored in Kirkwood, we can always take the van to Lake Tahoe to do a bit of gambling!
We're renting a 15 passenger to get us there. It's about a 7-8 hour drive, so we will plan on leaving LA by no later than 8:00 am on Thursday. The total cost for the van and gas will be approximately $75/ person with 12 people. Please let me know when you sign up if you will be riding in the van.
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