Mom, marketer and professional triathlete from Los Altos, CA
We loved our stay in this condo.
_Lauren is great to deal with, very responsive, everything easy
_Incredibly close to the slopes, main ski-lifts are about 50 paces away from the apartment door. Lift tickets and rentals are about 60 paces away.
_All amenities you would need - great kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, TV & DVD player, fast internet. There is also an infra-red BBQ, which seems to take a bit longer but worked well, seals the juices in. The building doesn't have hot tub/spa - but I have to say we all loved the steam shower, fantastic after a day on the slopes.
Given the closeness it is very practical to come back for lunch in the unit. The general store is quite limited and expensive, (think 7/11) so as Lauren advises I would do your shopping elsewhere and bring the food in. We stocked up in Reno and did a trip to South Lake Tahoe (about 45 mins in good weather) mid-week.
Probably the best location you can get in Kirkwood. And very quiet indeed. Nicely set up, comfortable and the owners are super cool. Worth every penny.
Lauren and Matt were very easy to work with and incredibly helpful and accommodating in terms of our schedule and the many questions we had beforehand about Kirkwood and the condo itself. As for the Condo, it is fabulous! Ski-in-ski-out is certainly an accurate description. We have never stayed in a place that was so convenient to the slopes, where you literally walk through two sets of doors and you are out on the slopes with 4 lifts within 30 feet. This made it easy to come in for snacks or lunch or a bathroom break anytime of day. Beyond the great location, the condo is really nicely designed and comfortable, with two big bedrooms, two big bathrooms, and a large kitchen/dining/living area with granite counters and fireplace. On Lauren's advice, we stocked up on a week's worth of groceries at Trader Joe's in Folsom before driving up. Then, instead of having to pay for expensive meals out, we enjoyed cooking all of our meals in the awesome gourmet kitchen, which has absolutely everything you could possibly need to cook any sort of meal, right down to a coffee grinder and waffle maker! We also were really happy that we could do our laundry in the unit, and we definitely took advantage of the great steam shower. Overally, it was a fantastic ski vacation!
Amazing location, right by the lifts. The apartment is great, well equipped, and spacious. We had an awesome weekend, can't wait to go there again.