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How's skiing in Kirkwood in April?

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Planning to go to Kirkwood. How are the ski conditions now. Any one that has skied recently?
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Planning to go to Kirkwood. How are the ski conditions now. Any one that has skied recently?
Thanks


Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you found the ongoing Tahoe thread?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142587/2015-16-tahoe-weather-discussion-stoke-bring-on-el-nino

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Have not skied Kirkwood lately as my last two trips have been to N Tahoe/Truckee and my last trip to S Tahoe was Sierra and Heavenly. But you should be aware that Backside chair 4 and chairs 2 and 3 connecting it to rest of resort closed on 4/3. Timber Creek base will be closing 4/10 and they will shutdown all lifts on 4/17 with their deepest snowpack in more than 4 years. That is two days earlier than last year when they had to move a lot of snow to make it to scheduled closing day.

 

I plan to be there for closing day, but will probably not make a trip for free lunch for Passholders this Sunday when they could have a few inches of new snow. Kirkwood should have good skiing until closing day although sometimes their valley does not drain heat that builds up during the day very well overnight which means limited hours of good spring skiing. If it is cold overnight, the Wall will often be firm until 2 PM or later. Surface on steeper runs will ski better and last longer than flatter runs that catch more sun. Check their Facebook page for some details on lift operations.

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It was fantastic on Saturday.  They had groomed Look out Janek top to bottom, Zachary, Sentinel Bowl, and Monte Wolf on 6.  Got slushy and sticky after 12PM, but I always iron on some yellow wax the night before spring skiing which helps a lot.  No lines anywhere (including backside #4).  My advice is to hit it while you can. 

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Have not skied Kirkwood lately as my last two trips have been to N Tahoe/Truckee and my last trip to S Tahoe was Sierra and Heavenly. But you should be aware that Backside chair 4 and chairs 2 and 3 connecting it to rest of resort closed on 4/3. Timber Creek base will be closing 4/10 and they will shutdown all lifts on 4/17 with their deepest snowpack in more than 4 years. That is two days earlier than last year when they had to move a lot of snow to make it to scheduled closing day.

 

I plan to be there for closing day, but will probably not make a trip for free lunch for Passholders this Sunday when they could have a few inches of new snow. Kirkwood should have good skiing until closing day although sometimes their valley does not drain heat that builds up during the day very well overnight which means limited hours of good spring skiing. If it is cold overnight, the Wall will often be firm until 2 PM or later. Surface on steeper runs will ski better and last longer than flatter runs that catch more sun. Check their Facebook page for some details on lift operations.

Would agree with tseeb on that point.  2weekends back, I showed up at 9:30 on a sunday expecting that would still need a couple hours for things to soften (as was the working plan at heavenly), but found it was already soft and starting to stick at the bottom even right at opening .  So conditions may change rapidly day-to-day and hour-to-hour.  Overall the snow is fully covering all the runs, but whether it's icy, chunky, soft, slushy,sticky will flex throughout the day.

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Skied Squaw yesterday. Got pretty slushy and I quit at !:20.

Skied Heavenly today. Maybe just a little better and I lasted until 2:20.

Probably Kirkwood tomorrow.

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