There is so much to love about spring skiing & riding at Kirkwood: Fast morning groomers without another skier in sight; lunch on the backside chased down with a cold brewski; and then of course the corn snow harvest in the afternoon! I’ve been having so much fun exploring the endless acres of sun softened, off-piste terrain up here during the warm spring afternoons. I find myself making mental notes of lines for next winter when the POW is deep but forget them by the time I’m heading home. Maybe it’s the sun.
This season we’re staying open until the last Sunday in April. That’s right, April 27th. We’re saying good-bye to Timber Creek for the season on the 13th and finishing up backside operations on the 20th.
Timber Creek’s Final Day – April 13th
Backside’s Final Day – April 20th
Kirkwood’s Final Day – April 27th
If you need one last cruise through the ‘Ditch of Doom’ I suggest you head to TC this weekend. While I love a good Gully run as much as the next guy, I’m more thinking of the last laps on the backside. Maybe one more Cornice Dropping 101 session on The Wave is needed, perhaps 99 steps for one last view from the top or even a tree cruiser on Fawn Ridge.
Wherever you choose to go right now, front side or back, you can’t go wrong with how good the snow is. My biggest goal is to avoid the summer ‘Riders Remorse’… I’ll explain:
Like many outdoor people, the warm weather has got me thinking about some of the fun summer activities I love, but every year I don’t get far into summer before I’m missing those winter turns. I could be sitting on a beach or enjoying a campfire with friends and still find myself thinking about snowboarding. Riders Remorse (a true documented condition) is when I feel like I could have got out way more. It’s this slight feeling of guilt that I can’t quite shake. To that end, I’m stoked we have a couple of weeks left to enjoy Kirkwood and the great spring conditions we have up here. I’m determined to make the most of it!
Hope to see you on the mountain!
Don’t forget that 2014/15 Seson Passes are on sale now. The best guaranteed prices are only around for a limeted time.
Snowsnake Gully is a super fun gully to ride on any day at Kirkwood but to throw in some gates, timer and a bunch of eager snow lovers, takes it to another level of FUN!
The Kirkwood Banked Slalom is about getting like minded riders together of all ages and enjoying a fun weekend of racing. We invite skiers, snowboarders and snowskaters to come and join us, there are tons of divisions. While there is a competitive aspect to this competition (we do award trophies and medals) this race is all about fun, we even give out awards for ‘Best Dressed.’ So, don’t be afraid to bust out that onesie, cape or bedazzled helmet.
Four years back we formed the KBS committee to keep it real and make it better than the year before and to carry on a great legacy. We’re stoked as we enter the 20th year and can’t wait for a great weekend. If it keeps snowing like this, it may be a powder race, but that will be fun too!
This race is for ages 5 and up.
Pre-registration has started and you can learn more about the event or sign up here on the Events Page!
Kirkwood Banked Slalom Planning Committee
There is a reason that the Sierras are touted as the California Alps: there is no other place in the United States where you can experience the magic of Alpine-esque cycling, all within a short ride to the climbs and passes leaving from Markleeville, CA and surrounding areas.
The Near Death Experience (NDE) cycling weekend at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in June not only leads you into the California Alps, but also provides a first rate experience in accommodations, service, and dining. Enjoy top-notch mechanical support, excellent lodging, and healthy & delicious meals while you build camaraderie with your fellow cyclists through 3 days of riding and cycling education. We guarantee you will increase your cycling knowledge, whether you are a beginner or advanced cyclist. NDE includes educational clinics both on the road and in seminar format presented by the premier cycling thought leaders at Cycling Camps San Diego (CCSD)
You receive all this, plus a guaranteed entry to the Death Ride for the first 60 cyclists to register for the NDE. So treat yourself and take a long-weekend break by joining us for breathtaking riding, long-lasting friendship, and camaraderie that will last a lifetime.
Go to the Near Death Experience Events Page for more information about the camp or to make reservations.
More information on the Death Ride 2014 race can be found on the website.
Robert Panzera, President
Cycling Camps San Diego
The Kirkwood Ski Team mission is to provide alpine ski racing programs that promotes a healthy lifestyle, instills a winning spirit, and a love of mountain snow sports through professional athletic skill development.
Come out and Support the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation with a day of racing and evening of fun with a dinner and auction.
The Kirkwood Ski Team’s Head 2 Head Race and Dinner Auction will be on Saturday, March 22nd. This family friendly event is open to all skiers and snowboarders. Skiers of all abilities and ages are welcome. The race consists of two qualifying runs in the morning after which the teams are formed and each participant has two more runs in the afternoon. There will be team and individual awards given out.
Following the race there is a Dinner/Auction for adults at The Wall Bar which starts with cocktails at 5:00 p.m. followed by a dinner/auction at 6:00 p.m. which includes an open bar. Kids will enjoy their own post race party with dinner and entertainment. The cost for a great day of racing and a night of fun is $125 for adults and $75 for kids.
If you don’t want to race, you can also join us for the evening events for $75 for adults and $35 for kids. To reserve your spot for this event contact Jim Reilly at email@example.com or call 831-662-2975 or 408-497-6622. All proceeds support the junior ski race program at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
More information about The Kirkwood Ski Team and Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation (KSEF) can be found on our website - http://kirkwoodskiteam.com
Program Director, KSEF