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December 13, 2011
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Kirkwood to open Saturday

Kirkwood Mountain Resort announced today that it will open for daily operations starting Saturday.

The resort will offer skiing and riding on chair No. 5 Solitude, chair No. 11 The Reut and chair No. 1 Snowkirk accessing terrain for the beginner through advanced skier and rider.

Tickets are $49 for an adult with junior, child and senior discount rates available. In addition, kids 12 years old and under ski and ride for free Dec. 19-23 with the purchase of a regularly priced full day adult lift ticket.

Finally, to kick off the holidays and thank all locals for their continued support, Kirkwood is offering free skiing and riding for locals on Dec. 20.

Locals need only to do is present and valid ID at the Kirkwood ticket office to show they are full-time residents of Alpine Country, Amador County or Eldorado County to qualify.

With the recent cold temperatures, snowmaking conditions have been ideal and coverage on open trails is excellent.

Snowmaking is currently underway on chair No. 6 The Cornice Express and the resort is committed to have top to bottom skiing for the holiday period.

Kirkwood is also offering Kids and Adult Ski School in full operation, more Terrain Park features and an AirBag, a new temporary feature that softly catches skiers and riders after hitting a jump allowing them to try new tricks.

The Airbag, brought to you courtesy of USAirbag is located just up from the Mountain Village and is easily visible and accessible to intermediate and above skiers and riders.

"We have great conditions and want to entice skiers and riders to come on up and see what it is all about," says Dave Likins, CEO of Kirkwood Mountain Resort. "Our snowmaking and grooming teams have been doing an incredible job and as we roll into the Holidays and kids our out of school, there is no reason not to come skiing."

To stay up-to-date on Kirkwood's snow conditions, view the webcam and latest video visit or visit the Kirkwood Facebook page

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 13, 2011 01:54PM Published Dec 13, 2011 01:37PM Copyright 2011 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.