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Kirkwood Gets Three Feet in One Week

KIRKWOOD, CA - (News Release - Jan. 24, 2008) — Taking advantage of its location atop the Sierra Crest, Kirkwood has been dumped on every day this week with the storm total rapidly approaching 3 feet of snow.

Currently sitting on the most snow in the Lake Tahoe region, Kirkwood is showcasing its high angle grooming capabilities on its legendary upper mountain terrain. Kirkwood also has its new skier/boarder X course, halfpipe, and three terrain parks open for the jibbers in the crew. The Timber Creek Base Area, recently named "Top Ten Places to Learn to Ski by USA Today, offers some of the best conditions for beginner skiers and snowboarders along with convenient facilities for lessons and rentals.

With close to 100 days of skiing and riding still left in the season, Kirkwood is encouraging guests to take advantage of its affordable season pass rates. For more information and updated conditions, log onto www.kirkwood.com or call 877-KIRKWOOD.

Kirkwood's Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center is 100% open with over 80km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing as well as snowshoeing, including dog friendly trails for the four-legged member of the family. There will be a Snowshoe Shuffle this Sunday, Jan. 27, providing great views of the High Sierra and a fun day striding on snowshoes. The relaxing pace of the hike provides time to enjoy the surrounding area and learn about the history and geology of the Sierras. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Kirkwood's Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center at 209-258-7248.

Expedition: Kirkwood, California's only resort-based education program designed to take skiers and riders beyond their boundaries, will be offering a 1 Day All Mountain Ski Clinic this Saturday, Jan. 26, in conjunction with Rossignol Skis. Participants will get to test the latest gear from Rossignol and enjoy the advantages of group camaraderie, express lift lines and going places you never knew existed at Kirkwood. In addition, participants receive personalized instruction, lunch, and video analysis.

For those interested in furthering their knowledge of backcountry exploration, Kirkwood is excited to once again offer AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses this Sat., Jan. 26, & Sun., Jan. 27, along with the opening of our free avalanche beacon practice area known as "Beacon Basin. For more information on all of Expedition: Kirkwood's programs, log onto www.kirkwood.com or contact expedition@kirkwood.com or by phone at 209-258-7360.

The Kirkwood Cup is a series of seven events designed to determine the best all around skiers and riders in the area. Athletes will accumulate points over the course of the season in disciplines such as slopestyle, skier/boarder X, halfpipe, banked slalom and big mountain freeride competitions. This Sunday, Jan. 27, will be the third event in the series with participants competing in a Skier/Boarder X Event. Registration is $30 and will take place the day of the event in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge from 8-10 A.M. There will be live music this Saturday, Jan. 26, with "Frankie Ferreira performing at the Wall Bar from 1-5 P.M. There will also be a Kid's Night with movies and pizza on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge with a start time of 6 P.M. for ages 7 & under and 8:00pm for ages 8 & up. For more information, please call 209-258-7516.

Also, take advantage of Kirkwood's slopeside accommodations with Stay and Ski/Ride Free Packages available midweek. Stay a minimum of two nights Sunday through Wednesday and receive FREE lift tickets. Rates start as low as $95 per person/per night. Restrictions apply. Call 209-258-7293 for details or to make a reservation.

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