While resorts around Lake Tahoe pour millions into capital improvements, develop iPhone apps and raise giant condominium complexes, Kirkwood Mountain Resort hangs on to a privileged place among the region's ski mountains.
"Everybody who's a skier wants to ski something legendary," said CEO Dave Likins. "And they're going to have to come to Kirkwood to do that."
On opening day, Nov. 23, the Wood didn't have enough snow to entirely cover its precipitous peaks, but eventually they will. If there's two things Kirkwood can pride itself on, it's the mountain's jagged, hair-raising runs and the location's constantly superior snowfall.