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Ski Areas in California


Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Join us this winter in one of the most spectacular settings on earth – mighty 14,162' Mt Shasta. Discover skiing, snowboarding and cross country trails at one of California’s most unique resorts where you and your family can rest easy and enjoy the lifestyle of affordable winter adventure. The Mt Shasta Board & Ski Park offers intimacy and yet has something for everyone! With miles of fabulously groomed trails that cater to all levels of skill, the park is a cruisers paradise and a…

Granlibakken Tahoe Ski Area

In the mid-1940s, a renowned Norwegian ski jumper and retired sea captain, Kjell "Rusty" Rustad purchased 74 acres in a small valley just above Lake Tahoe, California. In 1947, Rusty opened his new resort, "Granlibakken," named in honor of an area in Norway where he skied as a boy. Granlibakken meant "a hill sheltered by fir trees" in his native tongue. Granlibakken's ski hill quickly became a popular destination for both tourists and locals - the valley's bountiful snowpack provided alpine…

Donner Ski Ranch

Since the first rope tow was built in 1937, Donner Ski Ranch has offered a simpler skiing experience. Located on Historic US Route 40 high atop Donner Summit, you will find an atmosphere that is relaxing and carefree. With a bunch of chairlifts accessing tons of acres there is a variety of terrain for all abilities. Come and enjoy the short lift lines and uncrowded slopes for skiing and snowboarding. One of California's Last Family Owned and Operated Ski Resorts For almost 50 years…

Mt. Waterman Ski Area

Enjoy Southern California's oldest and closest mountain resort for skiing and snowboarding and site seeing, located just a short drive from Los Angeles on Highway 2. Driven by a passion and love for Mount Waterman Rick Metcalf stepped up to the plate and saved the day. It was the summer of 2006. The forest service was going to remove all the equipment from the hill and restore this historical mountain back to the National Forest. He immediately contacted four Waterman enthusiasts, Craig…

Badger Pass Ski Area

Located in the heart of world-famous Yosemite National Park, Badger Pass is California's original ski resort. Fewer crowds, family-friendly activities and a dedicated and skilled staff combine to make your ski adventure fun, friendly and fulfilling. There are ten alpine ski trails, an 800-foot vertical, and 90 miles of marked XC trails. Badger is a great place for families to ski together or to learn to ski. The Yosemite Cross-Country Ski School offers a progression of lessons, each…

Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood Mountain Resort is located on the beautifully forested west shore of California's Lake Tahoe. Reflected in the water of one of the world's clearest lakes, rises the state's last unspoiled winter ski resort. Homewood Mountain Resort is the only ski area whose lifts and runs begin within hundreds of feet of beautiful Lake Tahoe. No ski area can come close to the views you will find at this resort. Located literally across the street from the lake, Homewood is the closest resort to…

Mammoth Mountain

Nestled in a beautiful valley in the magnificent eastern slopes of California's High Sierra, Mammoth is surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks and glittering alpine meadows. Mammoth -- no other mountain lives up to its name. It is an enormous complex with 28 lifts, 3,500 acres of skiable terrain and 3,100 feet of vertical. What makes Mammoth so special is its world-famous bowls, gentle groomed trails, steep chutes, secluded tree runs and plenty of California sunshine. With…

Alta Sierra

Alta Sierra, aka Shirley Meadows, located in the Sequoia National Forest, in the Greenhorn Mountains, is approximately 50 miles east of Bakersfield. The area is used primarily as a day resort, catering to the beginner and intermediate skiers. In October 1982, Shirley Meadows Ski Area began operations under the leadership of Mr. Lew Forbes. In 2003, Shirley Meadows was purchased by a group of Bakersfield businessmen committed to keep skiing alive and prospering in the Kern County section of…

Boreal Mountain Resort

Boreal Mountain Resort is the closest and best valued resort to the Sacramento and Bay Areas. A secret powder paradise in the Tahoe area, Boreal offers something for everyone. Just learning? Boreal Mountain Resort is perfect for beginner snowboarders and skiers. There is a reason more than 400,000 adults and kids have learned to ski and snowboard at Boreal. Boreal’s instructors are trained and qualified, and love what they do. The beginner hill at Boreal is gentle and easy to get…

Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Bear Valley Ski Area provides a scenic view of the Sierra. Views from the resort drop 3,800 feet into the deep, granite cut of the Mokelumne River. Although Bear Valley is considered a mid-size ski resort, it ranks as the 8th largest ski area in California. The diverse terrain offers skiing excitement for all abilities. With 67 trails serviced by 11 lifts that accommodate 12,000 skiers per hour, you'll spend more time skiing and less time waiting in line. The Grizzly Bowl, one of…

Sugar Bowl Resort

Deepest Average Annual Snowfall... Sitting high atop Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl averages over 500 inches of snowfall each winter. From heart pounding chutes to gentle groomers, and progressive terrain parks to sidecountry pursuits, you'll find plenty of it at Sugar Bowl. And with six quad chairs serving four different peaks, you can pretty much forget about long lines. Sugar Bowl Resort has been California owned & operated since 1939, serving up some of the finest skiing & riding in the…

Snow Valley Ski Resort

Snow Valley offers More Than You Realize and is Closer Than You Think. Located on Highway 18 just 5 miles past Running Springs, Snow Valley features backcountry skiing and snowboarding terrain on Slide Peak, freestyle terrain parks including The EDGE, Park Avenue and The Hideout, a fantastic Learning Center, trails for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, plus Southern California’s only chairlift serviced Snow Play area.

Mt. Baldy

Herb Leffler first came to Mt Baldy in 1944 to have a ski area for himself and his buddy, Jim Chaffee, and to make a little money off his skiing hobby. Their rope tow eventually led to the Mt Baldy Ski Lifts, which began in 1952. Now, Mt Baldy has evolved into the largest and steepest resort that is just 45 miles out of LA. Over 2000 feet of vertical on 3 mountains, Baldy provides SoCal with plenty of terrain. To get to Mt Baldy, head east on 57 or west on 15 to the 10. Then take…

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

With seven powder bowls, countless ridgeline adventures, summit-to-base groomed trails, and mountaintop views of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort hosts 2400 acres of some of Tahoe's - and the country's - finest terrain. Alpine's famously deep powder can be yours to explore for as little as $50 a day by joining the Alpine Club. Additionally, members receive lift tickets for less every day, including holidays, as well as savings on shopping, dining, equipment rentals, and more. …

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Overlooking the South Shore of Lake Tahoe Heavenly Ski Resort is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at Monument Peak, straddling the state line between California and Nevada. Overlooking the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is a ski resort like no other in the world. A resort with a mountain so big, it straddles two states. One with views so beautiful, you'll think your skiing in a postcard. One with weather so unique, you can anticipate over 360 inches of…

June Mountain

Nestled in the high peaks of the Eastern Sierras, June Mountain is packed with fun and excitement for the whole family. June Mountain's diverse terrain offers slopes for all abilities. There are unmatched steep chutes and bowls for experts, gentle rolling trails for intermediates and wide open runs for beginners. From the top of the mountain, all the trails wind down to the June Meadows Chalet. June Mountain is a winter playground with 2,590 vertical feet of tree-lined runs. Find…

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Located on Highway 88, 35 miles south of South Lake Tahoe at Carson Pass, Kirkwood is three and a half hours from San Francisco and less than two hours from Sacramento, Stockton and other parts of the Central Valley. At 7,800 feet, Kirkwood has the highest base elevation of all Northern California ski resorts, with a 2,000-foot vertical drop and an average of 529 inches of snow each year. The resort features 12 lifts and 2,300 acres of skiable terrain, offering beginning, intermediate…

Bear Mountain Resort

At Big Bear Mountain Resorts ONE lift ticket is good at BOTH Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. With 26 lifts serving over 438 acres, 55+ trails and a 1,700-foot vertical drop, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer terrain for all types and ability levels of skiers and snowboarders. Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain boast professionally taught skiing and snowboarding lessons for beginners through experts, full service rental shops, fine food outlets, complete sport shops, full service bars and…

Sierra-at-Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe is Northern California's home away from home. At this resort, guests are greeted by name and treated like family. Located on Highway 50, Sierra is the closest major snowsports resort to San Francisco and Sacramento, yet it's just a stone's throw away from the glitz of South Lake Tahoe and a multitude of hotel and casino lodging options. Convenience, value and great service are just a few of the words that summarize Sierra. Another asset is the location of its slopes, which…

China Peak

China Peak, formerly Sierra Summit Mountain Resort, is located in the beautiful Sierra National Forest at Huntington Lake, just 65 miles northeast of Fresno, an easy drive up Highway 168. This premier Central California resort offers terrain to challenge all abilities of both skiers and snowboarders. Seven chairlifts, three surface lifts and a moving carpet lift service over 1400 acres, 45+ runs, two terrain parks and a skier/boarder cross, and a vertical drop of over 1650 feet. China Peak…

Tahoe Donner Downhill

The Tahoe Donner Ski Area is the perfect setting for families, groups, first-time skiers and older skiers who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of large crowds or to brush up on their ski skills. With a quad chair, a double chair and one surface rope tow, the area has a capacity of delivering 2,500 skiers per hour to reach the beautiful open-bowl slopes Tahoe Donner is known for. The terrain park is perfect for snowboarders or skiers who like to ride more diverse and…

Northstar California

The Way It Should Be For the modern family that prefers substance with a unique, laid-back style, Northstar California Resort combines California cool with high-end luxury, on-mountain exhilaration with a sophisticated alpine village atmosphere. Halfway between one of North America's coolest mountain towns and one of the world's most beautiful alpine lakes, Northstar is a destination on the rise, having poured nearly a billion dollars into creating Lake Tahoe's premier luxury snowsports…

Mountain High Resort

Mountain High is Southern California's closest winter resort. Just 75 minutes from Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the area welcomes its guests with three distinctly different mountains and a wide variety of lifts and trails. Each base area is complete with ticket windows, restaurants, rentals, sport shops, ski & snowboard lessons and more. Though you can't see it from the base area, the East Resort stretches 1.6 miles up into the mountains offering some of the best cruising trails…

Dodge Ridge Ski Area

Dodge Ridge Ski Area is the closest snow to home from the Central Valley and most Bay Area communities -- less than three hours in most cases, with no mountain passes to cross. Decades after Earl Purdy's dream of a ski resort was born, Dodge Ridge offers sixty trails spread over 815 acres and accessed by twelve lifts. Several mid-mountain and base area eateries welcome up to six thousand visitors weekend days. The mountain is accessible to all, encouraging the novice and filling the needs…

Soda Springs Snow Park

Soda Springs is celebrating. Founded in 1935, Soda attracted early day adventurers outfitted in laced leather boots with wooden skis. Soda Springs was a popular destination accessed primarily by train. Much has changed since those early days. Chairlifts have replaced tows and travel is convenient on multi-lane Interstate 80. Modernization hasn't effected tradition, however. The welcoming small resort spirit and relaxed atmosphere of days past can still be discovered at Soda…

Squaw Valley

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom…

Snow Summit Mountain Resort

At Big Bear Mountain Resorts ONE lift ticket is good at BOTH Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. With 26 lifts serving over 438 acres, 55+ trails and over a 1,700-foot vertical drop, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer terrain for all types and ability levels of skiers and snowboarders. Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain boast professionally taught skiing and snowboarding lessons for beginners through experts, full service rental shops, fine food outlets, complete sport shops, full service…