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Overnight Parking in Kirkwood?

post #1 of 8
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I'm living out of my car. It's a small Honda Fit hatchback. Is it possible to do stealth parking in Kirkwood? Can I just park in the back of the parking lot at the lodge or hotel and sleep there? Or do they go around and check for parking passes and stuff?
post #2 of 8

Not a Kirkwood regular, but spent part of a week there last month.  Much of the guest parking is underground at various condo complexes with keyed access.  Even if you got into one of those garages the spaces are numbered, so not sure if you'd get hassled.  There are some day skier lots, but they aren't very secluded, mostly strips of extra spots along the access road and empty-out at night.  It is possible you could park among a cluster of empty vehicles and stay very low profile, maybe at the beginner area?  Officially, what you're asking is not allowed to the best of my knowledge:  http://winter.kirkwood.com/site/resort-services/camping-policy

 

Hopefully, a local will chime-in.  You need to find a friend.smile.gif  Suspect you already know there would be more opportunities to car camp in South Lake Tahoe which is about 45 minutes from Kirkwood.

post #3 of 8

Kirkwood used to allow car camping in the lot across from Timberline, and even provided outdoor toilets.  I'm not sure that is the case any more.  Keep in mind the ski area is at nearly 8000 feet and can be bitter cold, even in Spring.  My suggestion is that you call and ask first, then if it doesn't work out, there are places near Silver or Caples Lakes where you might be able to camp.  I'm pretty sure Woods Lake campground is closed and inaccessible, and you would probably be evicted from the parking lots near Carson Pass.  Maybe Red Lake or Hope Valley area.

 

I'm not too big on car camping. th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Guh, I don't know if Kirkwood is worth all the trouble.


1. No affordable place to stay anywhere within a one hour radius. Not even a place to park overnight without getting harassed. Overnight parking is prohibited.

2. Only *2* express lifts, and only one that goes to fairly decent terrain that's unfortunately a short run.

3. All other terrain is serviced by god-awful slow chairs. The awesome Wall is one such run. What a waste and a tragedy.

4. I love Kirkwood, the mountain. So much potential for skiing. But all that is wasted by slow lifts, unaffordable lodging, and a prohibition on overnight parking.

I gave it a chance. Rode every single lift in the park including the bunny slope. Skied the entire mountain including the trees (and grass) and terrain parks. At the end of the day, I ski to ski, not sit on lifts all day.

 

On the other hand, I've now got cheap, stable, flexible housing in North Lake Tahoe! 


For $10 a day I get to use the lovely living room, dining, kitchen, shower, and WiFi of a house. And then every night I get to go sleep in my car in a park down by the lake. If I feel like it, I can pay $30 a night for a dorm bed.

SWEET!!! That's like $300 a month to stay in Tahoe. Or even less if I choose to not use the facilities on some days. 

My Honda Fit - best purchase EVAR.

Work, ski, chill, contribute to the community, meet people from all over the world.

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny View Post

Guh, I don't know if Kirkwood is worth all the trouble.


4. I love Kirkwood, the mountain. So much potential for skiing. But all that is wasted by slow lifts, unaffordable lodging, and a prohibition on overnight parking.
 

 

IT'S WORTH ITyahoo.gif


 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, I've now got cheap, stable, flexible housing in North Lake Tahoe! 


For $10 a day I get to use the lovely living room, dining, kitchen, shower, and WiFi of a house. And then every night I get to go sleep in my car in a park down by the lake. If I feel like it, I can pay $30 a night for a dorm bed.

 

 

But I sympathize with your situation.  I've done some ski trip car camping in my distant past and it's not a softcore situation any way you cut it.  Your dedication to The Dream is commendable.  Maybe the occasional day trip is the way to go unless you make a friend and get a crash pad at Kirkwood. 

post #6 of 8

Overnight parking, No problem

 

Did your try the Snow Parks

 

Meiss Meadow

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23059

 

Iron Mountain

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23062

 

Carson Pass

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23056


Edited by near nyquist - 2/27/13 at 3:35pm
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by near nyquist View Post

Overnight parking, No problem

 

Did your try the Snow Parks

 

Meiss Meadow

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23059

 

Iron Mountain

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23062

 

Carson Pass

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23056

 

Normally I would have no problem with this, but as far as I know cell phone reception is absolutely dead right outside of Kirkwood's driveway, so I'd like to park inside the resort somewhere, if possible,

post #8 of 8
Thanks for the beta!! Do you kow for sure if those three sites you listed allow overnight camping or just offering suggestions?
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