Ski California

Alpine Meadows, one of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts
Heavenly ski resort straddles California and Nevada
Kirkwood Ski Resort California
Ski California at the upscale Northstar
Skiing in California - Mammoth Mountain
Squaw Valley is one of the steep California ski resorts
Sugar Bowl is another of the CA ski resorts with steeps
Not quite in California but the Stateline casinos are right on the border
Mammoth Ski Resort California
Kirkwood Ski Resort CA
Northstar has lots of great activities
Ski California - Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley Ski Resort California
Northstar is a family friendly California ski resort
Heavenly Lake Tahoe

Ski California

Skiing in California

Ski California?! When you think California it seems more natural to conjure up thoughts of sunny beaches where the weather is always warm. The concept of skiing in California may seem somewhat strange, but high up in the mountains lie some of the best ski resorts in the USA.

In keeping with the expectations for the state, there is generally plenty of sunshine at the California ski resorts. It is not uncommon for snowstorms to blow through in the evening and for it to be sunny the next day. Powder and sunshine – perfect!

California Snow

The volume of snowfall in some parts of California is fantastic, particularly with the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. As examples, Alpine Meadows has an average annual snowfall of about 450 inches, Sierra at Tahoe gets 480 inches, and Sugarbowl scores 500" of California snow on average each season.

The powder doesn't tend to be as light and dry as Utah snow or Colorado snow, but in the event that the snow is NQR, most of the resorts have immaculately groomed runs. Most of the Tahoe ski resorts also have well developed snowmaking facilities.

California Ski Resorts

Big is best when it comes to USA ski resorts and California is no exception. Mammoth Mountain is unoriginally “mammoth”. Squaw Valley is also large, but Heavenly is huge with almost 2,000 hectares of ski terrain.

California not only has quality but also quantity when it comes to ski resorts, with 40-plus downhill and cross-country resorts. No wonder there aren’t many cat skiing operations in California – there’s no space left!

The California ski resorts can be grouped geographically into major areas.

Northern California Ski Resorts

  • Cedar Pass Snow Park
  • Coppervale
  • Gold Mountain
  • Mt Shasta Ski Park

Lake Tahoe Skiing

Donner Summit area
North Shore Lake Tahoe
South Shore Lake Tahoe

Central California

Southern California Ski Resorts

  • Angeles Crest Resorts
  • Bear Mountain
  • Big Air Green Valley
  • Buckhorn
  • Mountain High
  • Mt Baldy
  • Ski Sunrise
  • Snow Summit
  • Snow Valley

There are various international airports serving the California ski resorts including LAX (Los Angeles International airport), San Francisco and Reno/Tahoe.

Tours In / Near California

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Powder Hunt Trips
6 Nights | 5 Ski Days | 1-3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
So if you are looking to only ski or ride powder in North America this season, this tour could be your ticket to powder happiness! Lock in a date for your tour & Ski Ride Tours will choose the best destination just before your arrival based on the best possible snow conditions.
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USA Snow Road Trip
12 Nights | 9 Days Instruction
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Want to ride up to 8 of the USA's top ski resorts in one hit whilst hanging out with like minded people & improving your riding skills? This incredible snowboarding only tour is available to solo travelers & groups alike & visits resort in Colorado, Utah & California.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Hideout Backcountry Lodge CA
Ski/Snowboard Tour | Snowmobile | Heli Access
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
SECLUSION, LUXURY & ADVENTURE - come & spend a few nights or more at the luxurious Hideout Lodge deep in the wilderness of the Sierra. Access the incredible backcountry by touring, snow mobile or heli & return to the luxurious amenities & chef cooked meals at the lodge in the evenings.
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Cat Skiing Tours

Pacific Crest Day Cat Skiing
8 - 12 Runs | Over 12,000 vert feet
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Escape the crowds in Lake Tahoe & come and play in the 3,000 acre private powder playground with Pacific Crest Snowcats. Book a seat for yourself, a few of you or a whole cat for a private day with your ski buddies! Seats book out early so be sure to book soon.
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