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First Kirkwood trip reccomendations?

post #1 of 14
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Tomorrow I am leaving for Tahoe. I'll be skiing Kirkwood Sunday and Monday. It will be my first time at Kirkwood and since I'm going alone I'm looking for some advice on what to check out, and what any frequenters would tell a first timer?

As far as skill goes I'm an intermediate skier. I feel comfortable on the black diamonds. I like going into the parks but mostly just stick to the easy boxes and big table tops. The only thing I don't really like is icy conditions and really big moguls.

So where should I get started when I go? What lift should I check out first. I'd like to warm up on some easy blues and work my way up to the black diamonds and maybe even find some drop-offs/ins.

So yeah, shoot away, what should I do?
post #2 of 14
go to the backside first. its easier. then to the front and try the cornice express and move right or left.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by junebughunter View Post
Tomorrow I am leaving for Tahoe. I'll be skiing Kirkwood Sunday and Monday. It will be my first time at Kirkwood and since I'm going alone I'm looking for some advice on what to check out, and what any frequenters would tell a first timer?

As far as skill goes I'm an intermediate skier. I feel comfortable on the black diamonds. I like going into the parks but mostly just stick to the easy boxes and big table tops. The only thing I don't really like is icy conditions and really big moguls.

So where should I get started when I go? What lift should I check out first. I'd like to warm up on some easy blues and work my way up to the black diamonds and maybe even find some drop-offs/ins.

So yeah, shoot away, what should I do?
Lift 5 and 2 offer good blue starting points. For a little more challenge try 11 and 4. Some short and moderate blacks off 11. 4 offers elevator shaft, which runs next to the lift (on the right as you face down hill). A long and semi steep blue. ( Don't go too far to the right or you will find yourself at the wave. You might/will get hurt trying that one)To the left of 4 are some moderate blacks.

If you find the above chairs on the very doable side try Chair 6. Zachery, which just to right of the chair will challenge the upper intermediate without inducing fear. It is steep and groomed.

Do not, I repeat do not get on 10. : Experts only!

BTW, conditions will be excellent.
post #4 of 14
Here's a report from a first trip I made there a couple years ago. Wonderful place.
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
post #5 of 14
Hey Junebug,

Look for me and I will show you around. I'll have a blue helmet and orange jacket and probably orange dynastar skis. I'll be there sat, sun and mon.

Larry
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses! I wrote (pronounced "scribbled") a bunch of little tips I've gathered down on a piece of paper I put in my wallet so I don't forget and think something like "Did they say start at lift 10 or 1?"

I'm looking forward to checking out new terrain! If I don't get to everything I believe I'm coming back next Saturday too so I'll have 3 days at Kirkwood within a 7 day period!

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Originally Posted by nova2 View Post
Hey Junebug,

Look for me and I will show you around. I'll have a blue helmet and orange jacket and probably orange dynastar skis. I'll be there sat, sun and mon.

Larry
I'll keep an eye out for you.

If you see a tall guy on K2 Public Enemies, Grey jacket, forest green pants (errr I need a matching ski outfit!), black pro-tec helmet, that's me, feel free to say hello, real name is Tyler Love.
post #7 of 14
I am sorry cannot be there this weekend. I am not sure where are you going to stay, but if you are driving you may want to start with the Timbercreek area on chair 7 and work yourself towards Chair 3 on the back side. If you are a little bit late, like just after 9, you may have to park there, as the upper parking lot fills up very quickly. Its easy to ski from lift 7 to 5 and 11, 1, 2, 3 and finally 4 in that order. Don;t get scared of those "blacks" on Chair 11 as they are not truely blacks.

Have fun, in one of my favorate places.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Alright, so here I am sitting at the Kirkwood Lodge mooching their wi-fi and watching it snow. The only lifts I made it to were 5 and 11. I did 5 right off, nothing super challenging. So I headed over to 11. A little steeper but the powder definitely kept everything slow. My favorite part of the day was skiing the Gulley run off of 5 which I think is "Look out Janek" or something.

All and all it was a damn good day, not as much terrain as I would have liked to explore but maybe I'll get lucky and some more lifts will open tomorrow.

I left a little early, roughly 2:30 to head back to mkevenson's I got about 7 miles on the 88 towards South Tahoe when everything stopped two and a half hours later I turned around and decided I am crashing here.

If I'm lucky I'll get stuck her another day and have to Ski Tuesday too!
post #9 of 14
Hey Tyler,

I'm at Kirkwood right now, Sunday night and it is still howling wind. I sure hope it lays down tomorrow and they open up 6 and 10.

As it is now we might be looking at 5 and 11 again. There are some fun runs on 11. That gulley run on 5 is fun too. I had a bunch of fun skiing the pow. There is a chance that we might get stuck here till Tuesday.

I'll keep my eyes open for you, there is a strong chance we will see eachother with the limited lifts running.

I skiied all day today, my last run was at 4pm, it was cool.
post #10 of 14
If you are driving there be sure to follow the speed limit and come to a FULL stop at all stop signs. There is a cop that sits on the bottom of the hill as you come out of the resort and he busted me for not coming to a full stop even know there was no traffic in site on either side.
post #11 of 14
Hwy 88 remains closed. Some lucky folks are up there and it will go off if the lifts can open.
post #12 of 14
Hey guys I know Lift 10 is for experts but are there any easier ways down that won't cause you to want to genuflect before starting?
post #13 of 14
The easiest descent off #10 is down the cat-track that avoids the cliff / cornice drop, and straight down to the #11 lift. Don't follow the gully to the left or you will find yourself in a steep chute and cliff area called the drain. Traversing left will take you to more steep chutes like Sisters. If you don't have the skills to ski what you see from the bottom, don't get on. Lift #6 (Cornice) can be plenty of workout for a lot of people.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, I'm back at work today, wishing I spent another day there.

Sunday night I ended up sleeping on the floor in the old lodge. Surprisingly I slept through the entire night only waking up 4-5 times to turn over cause my hip would get sore on the hard floor.

8am I got some breakfast and downed a gatorade, probably on the 3-4 chair up the hill on lift 11. The decent after 2 feet or so of untouched powder, though not the most thrilling, probably the most epic. Made every dollar, minute and thought spent on this trip worth it. My favorite though was going down the groomed run. Which was lightly packed powder. I kept my speed but still enjoyed the fresh snow and I even found a couple of little hits to jump around the tree line and what not.

On my last run down I took a spill. I was heading down the groomed half of the run underneath the lift before it comes to a V. Well a gust of wind created a flurry of snow lowering my visibility almost instantly, in the process I hit some deep powder which shifted my weight forward, lost my balance, spun a 180 trying not to fall and finally just let myself down into the powder. Most comfortable fall I've ever had.

I headed home early as I got a call from my boss saying we were having a meeting this morning. I got stuck trying to get my little civic out for about 45 minutes. Finally a couple of nice gave me a push which was all I needed to get out.

I thought it was going to be a bad ending to the trip, except I found a dollar in the snow while I was digging myself out.

nova2, I saw an orange jacket a bunch on Monday but was never close enough to check for a blue helmet under the hood. Was that you?

I'm going to ski this weekend, probably at Sierra At Tahoe.
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