Kirkwood Mountain ski resort near Lake Tahoe may be adding a new hotel.
There is a proposed plan to build a hotel that also includes a spa, event center and year-round cabins in the Kirkwood Mountain area. The Kirkwood-area expansion plans are scheduled to be discussed later this month during a public hearing, held Feb. 25 during the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Kirkwood property – called Kirkwood Station – features more than 45 acres and is located on the north side of Highway 88. Its location is approximately 1,700 feet east of the Kirkwood Meadows Drive intersection.
The proposed Kirkwood Station development is being planned by Tallac Hospitality. The plan would include a 65-room hotel with a restaurant, spa, and event center. According to the El Dorado County. there is also 30 summer camping cabins and 10 year-round cabins that would accommodate a total of 227 people in the summer and 173 in the winter months,
Kirkwood Mountain is a year-round destination located along the Sierra Crest in the Eldorado National Forest, south of Lake Tahoe. The terrain at Kirkwood offers skiers and snowboarders everything from long groomed trails to expert lines and chutes. The resort receives abundant snowfall each season and features coupled spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The Kirkwood Station development requires a specific plan to be adopted that would amend a portion of the project area’s zoning designation of recreation facility, high-intensity to commercial, rural. The General Plan designation for the area is Adopted Plan, which is consistent with the adopted 1988 Kirkwood Master Plan.
Tallac Hospitality specializes in management and design consulting services. Previously, the company completely renovated the Coachman Hotel in South Lake Tahoe in 2016.
“The developers approached me a couple of months ago and gave me a quick overview,” District V Supervisor Sue Novasel said. “They’re going to need to do a few things through the county still like possibly an environmental impact report and a Major Plan update. But looking at the concept, it looked nice. There are some interesting ideas.”
Novasel says the proposal will also go through a tri-county committee because the Kirkwood area is unique because it’s located in that three counties – El Dorado, Alpine and Amador.
“The project would have obvious impacts,” Novasel said.