KIRK­WOOD, CAL IF.

SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 -

EP Any moun­tain that’s a cur­rent or for­mer host of a Freeride World Tour is a moun­tain that be­longs on your bucket list. Kirk­wood, lo­cated 35 miles south­west of the Lake Ta­hoe re­sorts, is just such a place. The Cirque, site of the FWT com­pe­ti­tion in 2013, is per­ma­nently closed, but no wor­ries, there are plenty of other ad­ven­tures to be had. Ex­perts head straight up Chair 6 to The Wall, the iconic, steeply pitched ridge­line that the re­sort is known for, to test them­selves on manda­tory 20-foot airs and plen­ti­ful chutes. Kirk­wood is also the happy re­cip­i­ent of the K Fac­tor, a weather phe­nom­e­non that his­tor­i­cally graces the 2,300-acre re­sort with the re­gion’s best snow. Fac­tor that in dur­ing your va­ca­tion plan­ning.

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