KIRKWOOD, CA - (March 21, 2007) — For the past two years, Kirkwood has made significant on- and off-mountain enhancements to its Timber Creek Village area to create an exceptional, vibrant hub where family members of all skiing/riding levels can unite. The resort is undertaking these efforts in its quest to be one of the best Learn to Ski/Ride and Family Areas in North America.
The Timber Creek area is the headquarters for all learning programs at Kirkwood including the new Burton Learn-to-Ride program for women. Timber Creek is also the place for family fun events including Subaru Master of The Mountain and the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. "This season, we've heard from many families that they've been very pleased with the high-speed chairlift and beginner-friendly terrain at Timber Creek this season, stated Allon Cohne, director of marketing for Kirkwood.
New this season are two new tent structures with over 10,000 square feet of space replacing the 30-year-old Timber Creek Lodge. The largest tent structure measures 6,300 square feet and headquarters Kirkwood's ski school. All skier/boarder services including the new Timber Creek Learn to Ski Center and expanded Burton Learn to Ride Center are based at Timber Creek. This larger tent structure houses rentals and tickets providing a fast, convenient way for guests to access everything they need for riding on the mountain. The other, smaller tent structure measures 4,300 square feet and is home to Snowshoe Thompson's dining, restrooms and the expanded Kirkwood Mountain Sports, offering a great selection of outerwear, accessories and logo wear.
Future plans for the area include family races, women-specific learning clinics and programs for children. The Children's Ski & Board School has revitalized several programs for young skiers and riders. "We're turning the Timber Creek area into one of the region's best family learn-to-ski and ride destinations, continued Cohne. Using the $3.5 million high-speed quad, Timber Creek Express, those learning to ski or ride can access ideal beginner terrain which has been rated as top in the country by USA Today — set apart from the main mountain base area — offering fall line runs that create natural progression for learning. The chair services an area that is secluded, providing a special place for young families and developing skiers and riders to learn new skills comfortably and safely. Timber Creek Express reaches Adventure Land's rollers and ski-through tunnels, as well as a terrain park called The Playground which has beginner- and medium-sized terrain park features.
The Timber Creek Express is great news for experts set as well, as it provides a quick return from The Palisades, some of Kirkwood's most coveted advanced, fast and steep terrain. Family members can now check on beginners and still quickly return to more challenging slopes. The Timber Creek Village is situated with views of Glove Rock and Martin Point and has two new state-of-the-art real estate options with plenty of space for families. Sentinels West's 18 luxury town homes feature three bedrooms, plus loft, and four and one-half bathrooms. These popular full ownership residences — with exterior maintenance provided — are more than 2100 sq. ft. and have been built with the skier in mind.
Thunder Mountain Lodge — set to break ground this spring — recently released its last ten residences in Phase I, starting at $695,000. These homes have two to three bedrooms and bathrooms. The next residential offering will be this fall; occupancy is scheduled for December 2008. For those interested in more information on Kirkwood's new Timber Creek Village, please contact www.kirkwood.com or www.livekirkwood.com.