Thanks be to snow: Kirkwood says it will open additional lifts
With the first major snowstorm of the winter season fetching more than a foot of snow in the Sierra, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will open additional chairlifts, officials announced this afternoon.
Kirkwood will operate at least Chairs 1 and 5 this weekend with access to beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. In addition to the natural snowfall, Kirkwood continues to make snow with efforts focused on opening Chair 11 and Chair 6, the resort’s high-speed quad with access to the terrain of Kirkwood’s upper mountain, officials said.
“With the recent snowfall, crews are working around the clock in an effort to open more terrain as soon as conditions permit,” said Chip Seamans, the resort’s general manager. “We are optimistic that Chair 11 and Chair 6 could be open as early as this weekend.”
Guests can take advantage of reduced lift ticket prices this weekend. Early season pass prices are available only until Dec. 17 and can be purchased online at http://www.kirkwood.com or at the resort. Passholders can also upgrade their season pass to include the Cross Country and Snowshoe Center for only $59. For the latest updates on conditions, log onto http://www.kirkwood.com or call the snowphone at 877 KIRKWOOD.
Resort Services will be available throughout the weekend in the Mountain Village including lessons, rentals, retail stores, dining opportunities and daycare, although guests should anticipate modified hours during midweek. Bub’s Pub will be offering Live Music on Saturday with Jackie Duzaut performing from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is the storm we have been waiting for and the forecast looks good throughout next week,” said Allon Cohne, director of marketing. “We now have terrain suitable for all ability levels and resort services are available seven days a week.”
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