Welcome to meetings and events unplugged. Here, attendees escape their nine-to-five for the nature of rustling pine and fir forests, rugged peaks, and invigorating mountain air. At Kirkwood, groups experience a big mountain experience with a small town attitude, with laid-back indoor/outdoor venues and epic high-altitude adventures. Gather the group in the winter for an exhilarating snow cat tour, avalanche course, ice fishing at Caples Lake or sunset snow shoe treks in the backcountry.
In the summer, groups embark on teambuilding adventures throughout the mountains and wildflower-filled meadows, including scavenger hunts, geocaching, biking, hiking and Frisbee golfing. Attendees will end their night with s’mores around the firepit, while admiring a luminous starlight sky.
Kirkwood’s lodging options keep your attendees close and within steps to the resort’s event venues, while being surrounded by the inspiring scene of majestic peaks, dramatic red rock cliffs, and mountain meadows. From hotel-style rooms to residential suites to luxury townhomes, our collection of privately owned accommodations fit all meeting budgets. Host your meeting in the luminous Red Cliffs Club, which can easily turn into a mingle and lounge space complete with a fireplace, built-in bar, pool table and wall-to-wall windows framing the brilliant mountainscape outside. Or, host an indoor/outdoor reception, luncheon or dinner at the mountain rustic Wall Bar and Village Plaza and watch falling snow or fading sunsets.
Situated in a valley atop California’s Sierra Crest and surrounded by the National Forest, Kirkwood is Lake Tahoe’s highest-elevation resort. It’s solitary and intimate location among the Sierra’s rugged peaks, 35 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, allows groups to take over the entire resort for themselves. The resort sits near several airports ranging from drive times between 1.5 hours and 3.5 hours. Kirkwood is located 80 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 111 miles from Sacramento International Airport and 200 miles from San Francisco International Airport. Planners can arrange airport transfers from our transportation partners.
This is as local as you can get. Kirkwood is an off-the-beaten-path alpine adventure, close to the famous Pacific Crest Trail and Mormon Emigrant Trail. The resort is widely loved by avid dare devils for its epically steep terrain, but also loved by passionate beginners for its uncrowded beginner slopes and open spaces. Attendees will be rehashing their high-elevation escapades for years to come, including hiking, biking, disc golfing, or horseback riding in the summer or skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding in the winter. Taste a piece of Tahoe history at the 150-year-old Kirkwood Inn & Saloon, serving home-cooked Western fare in a rustic log cabin.
Kirkwood has a great selection of lodging options to meet every taste and budget. All Accommodations are individually owned, configured and decorated. Condominiums are located in The Meadows, Sun Meadows, The Mountain Club, The Lodge, Meadowstone, The Sentinels, and TimberRidge buildings. Some luxury units provide gourmet kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs in the master suite.
Our luxury lodging options are perfect for the group who likes to share space and entertain in their accommodations. The large kitchens and open floor plans are perfect for fun gatherings and casual small meetings.
Kirkwoods Premium Accommodations are the perfect option for a group, located in the main village in one building with access to the following hotel like amenities: a fitness center with sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. This building also has the most double queen hotel style rooms.
Kirkwoods Standard accommodations are the best choice for a group who needs economical options. Located a short walk to the lifts and main village they offer a variety of lodging options ranging from hotel style rooms to multi bedroom condos.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers a variety of unique venues which embody the classic rustic mountain experience. Majestic mountain views are the backdrop for every venue. Total square feet for Kirkwood is 30,000 which includes indoor and outdoor venues.
The red Cliffs Club can be used for formal meetings or casual social events, With a built in copper bar, fireplace, pool table and large flat screen TV your group will be sure to have some fun.
Our classic ski lodge that can transform into the perfect event space with panoramic views of the mountain, bar area, small stage and open floor plan.
A fine dining restaurant with connected patio and large stone fireplace. Mountain rustic décor with antler chandeliers and hand-hewn furniture.
This outdoor venue is centrally located with the ultimate mountain backdrop. It is a large flexible venue available during the summer months for anything from a BBQ banquet to an outdoor concert.
Kirkwood offers year round activities and is a fantastic destination for any type of group. Tucked in the Sierras about 35 miles south of Lake Tahoe, the Kirkwood Valley is a special place with adventurous options and natural beauty to enjoy for all.
Our unique location atop the Sierra Crest combined with elevations ranging 7,800 to 9,800 feet create a little something we like to call the K-Factor – a geographical predisposition to receive the lightest, the driest, and the most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region. We offer discount lift tickets, rentals and lessons for groups of 20 or more.
80km of groomed trails at 7,800 feet offer the most spectacular scenery and exciting terrain in the west. Located 1/4 mile east of Kirkwood on Hwy 88 (next to the Kirkwood Inn) and nestled in a beautiful Alpine Valley, our diverse terrain offers excellent skiing for all abilities.
Sip on hot chocolate beside the wood burning stove in the day lodge or warm up in one of our three trailside warming huts. Guided Snowshoe Treks available for groups.
Expedition:Kirkwood is for the avid adventurer looking to explore Kirkwood on a more intimate level. At Kirkwood, our unique terrain offers lift access to backcountry opportunities within our resort boundaries providing the perfect backdrop for our range of specialty clinics, private guides and backcountry awareness offerings. Expedition:Kirkwood’s unique group offerings include Avalanche Certification Courses, Women's Programs, E:K Cat Tours, private guides and specialty ski clinics & board clinics and progressions sessions.
Stunning alpine views and meadows full of wildflowers are easily accessible via our 12 different lift-accessed hiking trails at Kirkwood.
*Seasonal availability: Chair 1 and 2, Available from early July to early Sept, weekends only.
Experience disc golf at 7,800' with our notorious DiscWood disc golf course! Praised by visitors and locals alike as one of the West Coast's most challenging courses, our 18 hole course weaves through the trees and over mountainous terrain. With a wide variety of terrain and distance challenges, this course has something for everyone. Play at DiscWood is FREE! Scorecards / maps can be picked up at the General Store, the course is located above the Timber Creek base area. This is the perfect team building activity for groups.
*Seasonal availability: June through September, weather permitting.
Caples Lake, located 4 miles east of Kirkwood, and Silver Lake, located 8 miles southwest of Kirkwood provide beach access, boat launches and picnic areas, as well as boat/kayak rentals, fishing and swimming.
The area surrounding Kirkwood offers plenty of opportunities for fishing. Excellent alpine bait fishing and fly fishing lakes and streams are just a short drive from Kirkwood. Stop by the Kirkwood General Store to pick up your bait tackle!
Kirkwood offers a variety of dining options for your group. From Rustic Mountain ambience to Casual flare, your group will be sure to be satisfied. Some of our venues can be booked for private occasions and our catering department can create a group meal sure to impress.
Located in The Lodge at Kirkwood, guests will enjoy spectacular views of Kirkwood’s famous ridgeline from Thimble Peak to Martin Point. This is fine dining in an intimate setting with a stone fireplace and antler chandeliers. At Off the Wall, you’ll find southwest and pacific rim cuisine, outstanding local wines, full service bar, and delectable desserts. The Wall Bar can be reserved for a private events.
Take a step back in time at the historic Kirkwood Inn on Highway 88, just east of Kirkwood Meadows Drive. Built in 1864 by Zachary Kirkwood, the Inn retains its original character with its rustic log cabin design. The Inn features Western cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. A small and intimate setting for a group meal.
Located in Red Cliffs Lodge, The G-Store offers a full service deli complete with breakfast options, espresso, sandwiches, salads and pastas. Stock up for the weekend with needed groceries and household items or grab a few things for your day exploring Kirkwood. The General Store also carries fishing tackle and bait if you're headed to one of the nearby alpine lakes.
A popular Big Mountain sports bar in the heart of Kirkwood and a favorite for après ski. With 8 beers on tap and casual menu options for the entire family, The Cornice is the place to unwind after a day on the mountain. Watch the big game at the full-service bar or grab a window seat offering stunning views of the mountain. Located across from the Cornice Express Lift.
Located on the Chair 6 side of the village, the K-Bar is an outdoor umbrella bar. Guests will enjoy beer and wine selections, snacks and grab and go sandwiches. The location of the bar makes it an ideal spot to stop for a drink and take in the stunning views of Kirkwood has to offer. This is the perfect spot for a group meet n greet.