Kirkwood Conditions Report: Corduroy Cruising & Variable Off-Piste

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Kirkwood Sunrise

*UPDATE* Chair 6 (offering top to bottom skiing) & Timber Creek – Chairs 7 & 9 – NOW OPEN* (pics added below)

All of us who ski Tahoe are aware of our snow situation. WE NEED A CLASSIC SIERRA CEMENT SNOWATHON! Well, at least we have something right? A few days ago, I was able to head up to Kirkwood and get the legs burning but also was pleasantly surprised to find some quality skiing.

Straightline time…

It’s more about the groomers right now….

Bottom of 5 corduroy

Off of Chair 5, Lower Zach’s and Outlaw were blissful packed powder corduroy and perfect to burn off the summer rust of your edges. They were blowing a ton of snow on Chair 6 to get ready for Saturday morning’s opening.

Top to bottom getting ready

Zach’s was the main run (only section to have snowmaking) but being fairly steep it was pretty skied off by the time I arrived up there at 1pm.

Best to get there early

With Zach’s being open, the skier’s options greatly increased

Now that looks more like it…

The ridges off the top of Chair 6 are closed due to lack of snow, but Patrol opened everything from Zach’s and as far as one could traverse left under Chamoix.

Ridges look thin

Olympic had some pretty decent coverage and it was nice to finally open it up on some North facing steeper terrain.


Patrol moving rocks for the guests

And yes, there was still some powder skiing to be had at 1pm on Saturday in Lower Chamoix.


Patrol moving rocks for the guests

Chair 11, with Buckboard being groomed, was definitely the run of the day.

Buckboard bliss

On Saturday, Timber Creek with chairs 7 (hi-speed) & 9 opened with great snow and cruising conditions

My son getting first tracks on Chair 7

Open off-piste terrain includes anything off of 5 and most stuff off of 11, albeit a tad lower traverse than regular, but coverage in areas like Shotgun/Short Spoke are quite good under Norm’s Nose. It’s getting a bit bumpy with more skier traffic, but the skier compaction allows you to see most of the obstacles so you can open it up a bit.

Look out Janek

What’s in my future? Yep, I’m bringing up the 5 year old and ripping the corduroy in the sun.

Oh yeah, Santa…can you please bring us some snow for Tahoe?

But until then…check out some snow pictures below!

The Wall and the Cirque need a spackling
Cornice Area above Timber Creek
Lower Zachary
Feeling the burn on the left
Feeling the burn on the right
Carve drawings
Get the kids out there!
Some nice turns to be had
Monte Wolf to the Fingers begging for snow
Short Spoke – bumpy but fun
Yes, its in great shape
Conestoga off-piste
Shotgun was quite fun
Some hidden pow
Cutup pow pow off of Chair 11
Sad times for the Carson Spur snow bank enthusiasts

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