Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup:O:Joe in hand, watching the Heavy Mental teaser to start out my day, light drizzle, cool temps and we’re set up for a great weekend ahead here with the trails in #BrownPOW” shape :) Looking forward to celebrating the Kirkwood Inn’s 150th Anniversary on Saturday from 9am - 3pm, with music, theme actors, story telling all about the last 150yrs of the Inn…
Enjoy an amazing Tuesday my friends…
Evening my friends,
Glass:O:Red in hand, wrapping up the weekend here @KirkwoodMtn… Big ups & thanks to the Tahoe Orthopedic team for sponsoring & hosting the Mtn. Bike clinic this weekend… We have another Tahoe Orthopedic 1day Mtn. Bike skills clinic scheduled for August 23rd.. You can register by hitting Kirkwood.com’s events calendar… Weather this week looks promising with a little rain in the forecast… Perfect for the Mtn. Bike park… Thanks for sharing your weekend with us here my friends,
#JOMOLIVING & Stay’n Thirsty my friends,
JOMO @KirkwoodMtn ~
Evening my friends,
Glass:O:Red in hand, JOMO style… So you ask, Coop, What the heck is JOMO… And I reply, the Joy of missing out, but not really missing out… It’s the Joy of being Indy, remote, off the grid, enjoying every moment… That’s what the dream is about, you, mother nature, remote, in touch, involved…
Stay’n Thirsty & Liv’n the dream one day at a time…
Awesome morning for a hike… Shooting Mtn Bike footage today.#StokeLevelRising ~ Coop (at Kirkwood Mountain Resort)
Hola my friends,
Glass:O:Red in hand, editing a little footy Craig & the KMS team shot over the weekend here @KirkwoodMtn… The Bike parks open only a few more weeks and riding well mis amigos… Stop on by KMS this weekend and drop the “secret” passwords “StokeLevelRising” and the crew will give you a 20% off full-day rental… Or just ask Carolyn or Craig :)
Alpine Lakes are all time warm, hiking, camping, fishing & liv’n the dream my friends,
Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup:O:Joe in hand, Beautiful sunrise here today, temps in the mid- 50’s @7:30a with a high of 80ish forecast for today … Caples Lake was absolutely F-A-C this morning (you figure that acronym out) it was just a mirror …. Today, Mtn. Bike park opens @10am, KVFD BBQ starts @3:30p … Tennis courts are open … DiscGolf course is set … Kirkwood Lake, Caples Lake, The Potholes, Silver Lake … or Hike to 4th of July lake … Rest, relax, enjoy & live the dream …
Stay’n Thirsty my friends,
Ahh… Summer is finally here! While the Tahoe area has many draws, including a lake people keep talking about, just like in the winter, my heart is in the mountains. The laid back mountain feel so prevalent in the winter is even more noticeable in the summer. The sound of hiking boots echo around the Summer HQ (Red Cliffs Lodge), the smell of BBQ wafts in the summer breeze and happy mountain bikers sip draft beer talking about their last descent.
Yes, the weekends during the summer are a lot of fun up here at Kirkwood. There is a lot to do here in the valley and surrounding area. From hiking and biking to fishing, canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) on one of the four nearby alpine lakes, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a weekend to come up and visit I highly recommend coming up when theKirkwood Community Association (KCA) or the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD)is hosting one of their summer events.
These events are family friendly and give our guests just one more way to enjoy their time up in the mountains. The first event of the season is the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ, Wine/Beer Tasting and Auction on July 5th, the day after we open for summer operations. There will be food, music, an auction and activities for the kids all in the Village Plaza. This event is always a fun afternoon, is a great kickoff to summer and supports an important organization up here. The KVFD is an all volunteer group and needs community support to keep going. Tickets are available on the Kirkwood Public Utilities District website.
The last week of July is the time to celebrate the gorgeous wildflowers that cover Kirkwood in the summer at the 13th Annual Kirkwood Wildflower Festival. This event features guided wildflower hikes up to the most beautiful areas of Kirkwood, food, beer and wine tasting, live music, art and activities for the kids. There is no cost to come up and enjoy the music and art in the Village Plaza, but you’d like to participate in one of the wildflower hikes or tastings, you will need a ticket. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to learn about some of the local Flora on a guided tour. They are led by Laird Blackwell, a wildflower expert, and are not only informative but offer great photo opportunities. And… let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with a summer beer and wine tasting. More information can be found on our events calendar and the KCA website.
Wine, Beer and Chili for Everyone!
Perhaps the most popular event of the season happens the last week of August. This is the 13th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off! This event benefits the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department and features chili tasting from some of the region’s top chili makers. There will also be beer and wine tasting, as well as, a Kid’s Zone for our younger guests. If I had to choose one event this summer, this is where you’d find me. But, I’m a lover of delicious chili, so that decision is easy for me. You can find more information on the event on our events calendar and tickets on the KCA website.
The weather has been fantastic the last couple of weeks and we know that will continue on the rest of the summer. Up at 7,800 feet (Kirkwood’s base el.) summer temps are often perfect for outdoor activities. The wildflowers are now beginning to bloom, the mountain biking trails are in excellent shape and everyone up here is getting excited for summer operations to officially get underway in July. Don’t forget that summer Lodging Deals are available. We hope to see you up here!
Summertime up at Kirkwood Mountain Resort couldn’t be more fantastic. Over the course of a day you could get in a round of Disc Golf, Miles of Mountain Biking, plus a good swim at Caples or Kirkwood Lake. You can really work up an appetite with all that Kirkwood has to offer. Stop on in at the Historic Kirkwood Inn for all your hunger and thirst needs. The Inn was built in 1864 and we’re celebrating our 150th anniversary this year! We’re planning a celebration in August, stay tuned…
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Inn offers it all. Come on in before your adventurous day in the mountains for a house made, spicy Bloody Mary or fuel up with our hearty chicken fried steak and eggs or one of our giant Wagon Wheel sized pancakes.
When the temperatures rise in the summer, our guests enjoy the outdoor seating to cool off and relax. I recommend a cold draft brew with chips and a side of watermelon mango salsa for such occasions! If you find yourself getting hungrier and hungrier outside – you may be taking in the aromas coming from our smoker. In the summer our house smoked pork, pastrami and ribs are among our most popular items and for good reason, they are delicious.
If you’ve really had a big day in the mountains and really need to refuel, come on in for dinner. We’re open until 9pm and serve up some hearty and delicious meals, like the Inn Keeper’s Meatloaf or a 12oz New York Strip steak. If you’re looking for something lighter try one of our fresh salads like the Spinach salad which is tossed in our very own chocolate vinaigrette with feta cheese, watermelon, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries.
Here at the Kirkwood Inn we love making new friends so next time you’re up here, stop on in and help us celebrate our 150th birthday!
General Manager, Kirkwood Inn
The Kirkwood Mountain Bike Park first opened in 1997. The following winter was so deep the park couldn’t open the summer of 98’. Those that remember still laugh about how much snow Kirkwood got that winter, but that’s a tale for a different day. I arrived the next summer looking for an authentic mountain experience and was lucky enough to land a job in the Kirkwood Bike Park. I was stoked to be working on the mountain and totally blown away by all the potential it had to offer.
That first summer was only the tip of the iceberg – Riding all the local valley trails and exploring adjacent trails - I was immediately hooked and knew this could be my base camp for life. One of the great things about this area is there is always new areas to explore and the familiar trails and terrain never get boring.
Building the Sentinels Trail really opened up the All Mountain trail riding opportunities here at Kirkwood, allowing you to access a vast trail network beyond… Now you can ride the lifts on weekends and lap the The Whiskey Shots and the Vista Trail through Devils Corral, then light out on the Robey Wolfe Trail to Dangberg to Sentinels Trail up and out of the Valley. This is one of my favorite enchainment of trails as it provides a true all mountain experience.
Lucky for me not only do my kids love the pump track here at Kirkwood but have begun exploring the mountain trails with me. The one good thing about a low snow year is that the trails melt out quicker and my daughters and I can get out on the trails sooner and get RAD. Lift accessed mountain biking begins July 4th up here and we are waiting anxiously.
You will need a day ticket or a summer pass to access the Kirkwood Bike Park. You can purchase both at the summer ticket office located in the main village. We also have a fleet of stellar full suspension mountain bikes here for you to try out, as well as, safety gear and bike accessories. The rental shop is located at Summer HQ at Red Cliffs Lodge.
Health and Safety Manager