Kirkwood, California—With over 400 inches of snow to date this season, Kirkwood Mountain Resort has no trouble standing out and once again plans to have all the sparkle this Spring. This crown jewel resort has the higher elevation and magnitude of snow to deliver Spring Bling in style. Kirkwood boasts the coldest corn snow with the hottest spring break line-up sure to peak any outdoor enthusiast’s desire for some real Spring Bling.
“Everyone talks about it and no one will forget it according to Chris Eckert, spokesperson at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. “Kirkwood’s Spring Bling attracts students who prefer to freeride, ski and get crazy in the snow versus sleeping the day away on a sandy beach somewhere, he continued. In-between events such as the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships and the Subaru North American Skiercross Championships and the two-day Stomping Grounds Park & Pipe Camp, Spring Bling revelers may choose to even sunbath and catch some rays at any of Kirkwood’s ‘beaches’, complete with Adirondack chairs, thus getting the best of both worlds.
Spring Bling is consuming the month of April at Kirkwood, especially on the weekends. Every weekend during the month, everyone on the mountain is encouraged to shine in Fluorescent Fridays, and the louder fluorescent-colored gear, the better. Saturdays are dedicated to Bling Bling, the brighter and shinier the jewel, the better the bling, and Sundays are dedicated to old school days from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Here’s an overview of what else is going on in the month of April at Kirkwood for Spring Bling. For information on all events, call Kirkwood’s events department at 209-258-7406 or the number listed next to the event.
Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships, World Freeskiing Championships and the Subaru North American Skiercross Championships March 29 – – April 2. Lake Tahoe’s premier big mountain event, the Extremes will celebrate its 10th year of drawing the world’s best freeskiers and riders to test their mettle in the legendary Cirque, an out of bounds area at the heart of Kirkwood opened only for this competition. Equally spectacular is the party that sets up in Devil’s Corral, the best spot from which to watch the competition. Finals for the big mountain are April 1, and Skiercross finals are on April 2. For information, log onto www.usfreeskiing.com.
On April 9, Kirkwood will transform one if its famous gullies into a natural banked slalom course for the Sort of Famous Banked Slalom sponsored by Copeland Sports. This race attracts some of the best slalom race enthusiasts and was sold out in 2005, so interested snowboarders and skier should show up early to register at 8:00 a.m. on April 16. It’s limited to the first 100 riders and skiers. On April 16, a modified slopestyle event in the Stomping Grounds terrain park will cap-off spring break and the Copeland Sports Super Sunday Series.
Camps & Clinics:
Two Day Stomping Grounds Park & Pipe Camp April 1 – – 2 provides expert freeride advice from coaches who will focus on the superpipe in the morning and move on to demonstrate and teach numerous hits, spins and rails in the afternoon. Kirkwood’s own freeride team will be on hand as well as guest appearances from pros to help visualize crazy tricks. Campers will be able to checkout their style and technique via video critique and analysis.
Steeps Camp April 8 is designed for strong intermediate through expert skier and riders wanting to take their sport to the next level. To access the best terrain, you have to be able to ski or ride the steeps, and it has to be done without second guesses and with complete confidence. Expedition Guides will provide the tools to help build the necessary confidence to ski and ride anything the mountain offers.
Expedition Kirkwood’s top female coaches will share their secrets to all mountain skiing and success in a one-day Women’s Cammp, April 8. Kirkwood encourages female skiers looking for the camaraderie of an all female environment and the confidence to tame some of the rowdiest terrain in Lake Tahoe to take advantage of this camp. Expedition Kirkwood’s One Day Women’s Camps are the answer to enhancing dedicated enthusiasts’ techniques and style; check out www.kirkwood.com for a selection of one-day camp topics.
Salomon will be on hand with ski demos for the Steeps and Women’s camps; all are welcome to try out the newest Salomon ski technology.
Backcountry Awareness Clinic April 9 teaches the basic skills needed to venture into the backcountry in a six-hour course that includes avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations and safe terrain travel. Clinics are led by pro patrollers and are limited to 18 participants; strong intermediate and upper skill level needed.
Ridgeline Snowshoe Tour April 1 — 8 where owhere outdoor adventurers are invited to join other snowshoe enthusiasts on the mountain to ride up Chair 6 and spend two hours on a guided tour out on the ridge towards the top of Chair 10 with an exceptional view of the valley floor. Interested parties should plan to meet at bottom of Chair 6 at 1p.m. The cost is $20, or $10 for season pass holders; snowshoes are available for an additional cost of $15. For more information and reservations, please call 209-258-7386.
The ultimate annual Slopeside Spring Break party, Jammin’ XIII, with pond-skimming, modified slopestyle, rail jam, snow volleyball, snow golf, karaoke, parties and more April 14 -16. Students are encouraged to bring their board shorts and bikinis for a wild time on the Plaza. For more information, log onto www.kirkwood.com or call (209) 258-7406. And of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny is essential on Easter Sunday, April 16. The Village Plaza will host a Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. after the Non-Denominational Church Service at the Wall Bar and Grill, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Best of Kirkwood will be held on April 8 at the Red Cliffs Lodge at 6:30 p.m.; cost is $35 per person. A benefit for the Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation (KSEF), this annual feast and auction features culinary delights from local restaurants and delicious libations from the local wineries and breweries. There are both live and silent auctions, items include golf vacations, ski vacations, rare vintage wines and more. For more information, call KSEF at 209-258-5733.
irkwood has the best deals on lift tickets in Lake Tahoe for college students. Discount day passes are just $31 Sunday through Friday, and $41 on Saturday. To receive these deals, students must show a valid student ID and current class schedule or transcript (showing enrollment in at least 12 units; a computer print out is fine as long as it has the student’s name on it and proof of 12 units).