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Snow alert: Kirkwood ski resort in Lake Tahoe has 9 feet of new snow

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Kirkwood Mountain has received the most snow of any Lake Tahoe ski resort over the past two weeks.

The totals have been so enormous that the popular resort may have received the most recent snow of any resort nationwide!

During the recent snow storms in the Lake Tahoe region, Kirkwood got seriously dumped on. The resort, located off Highway 88, received an amazing 112 inches (just over 9 feet) of snow in a 12-day period.

And Saturday night (Feb. 15) Kirkwood added to its snow totals, unexpectedly receiving between 5-9 inches of new snow, created another powder day for skiing and snowboarding.

Kirkwood currently has a 62-inch depth at its base and the summit has 70 inches.

“We received 5 to 9 inches of snow in the past 12 hours here. It was a great day on the mountain,” said Kirkwood spokesperson Kevin Cooper said this afternoon. “Sunshine and blue skies and by mid-day temperatures were in the low 40s. It is so pleasant to see smiling faces and passionate adventure families here enjoying our mid-winter conditions.”

Before the storm, Kirkwood was suffering like all Lake Tahoe ski resorts with little snow, other than the man-made kind. It was running five chairlifts, 1, 5, 6, 11. Now the resort is 100 percent open and is accessing 2,300 acres of terrain.

Newly-opened signature runs – such as Wagon Wheel Bowl, Palisades – were being enjoyed by skiers and riders for Presidents’ Day weekend.

“We are looking in mid-winter shape and today the mountain opened up to the roar of snow hungry skiers and riders, We call it ‘POW Hunt’n’ here,” said Cooper, referring to a powder day at Kirkwood. “The energy level from our staff and our guests was amazing.”

Kirkwood will be the first leg of the Rahlves Banzai Tour next weekend.