California Ski Resorts

California ski resorts range from that big mountain feel to a small local atmosphere. Heavenly is one of the world's largest ski resorts set on Tahoe Lake's south shore with spectacular views. Mammoth has about 300 days of sunshine so sunscreen is part of your ski gear. Even with all that sunshine Mammoth has an average of 400 inches of snowfall plus with it's peak at 11,053 feet it's the highest summit elevation in the state. 5 resorts are ranked near the top of Transworld Snowboarder's Guide for best parks and pipes.
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Lake Tahoe / North, 500 ft vertical, 8 lifts, 33 trails, 380 skiable acres
80 miles from Sacramento. Night lighting & sound system on the mountain to enhance your ski & boarding fun. 380 acres with 500 vertical-feet. Nearby ski lodging.
Central California, 1679 ft vertical, 11 lifts, 45 trails, 1400 skiable acres
China Peak Mountain Resort is located only 65 miles northeast of Fresno at scenic Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The mountain has 1,679 feet of vertical with a base elevation of 7,030 with the peak at just over 8,700 feet.
Lake Tahoe / North, 750 ft vertical, 7 lifts, 52 trails, 460 skiable acres
On US Route 40 high atop Donner Summit, in Norden, California. 6 chairlifts accessing 460 acres of terrain. Affordable ski and board holidays.
Central California, 2590 ft vertical, 7 lifts, 35 trails, 1500 skiable acres
Northern California resort located near June lake, southeast of Yosemite National Park. 2,500 vertical feet of tree-lined runs, and a world class terrain park. It's diverse terrain offers two summits, both serviced by high speed quad chairs.
Southern California, 1600 ft vertical, 14 lifts, 0 trails, 290 skiable acres
Mountain High Ski Resort is located just 75 minutes from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains...Mountain High East, West, and North. It is usually the first resort to open for Southern California skiing and snowboarding each season and the only local area with night skiing seven nights-a-week.
Lake Tahoe / North, 1390 ft vertical, 5 lifts, 32 trails, 425 skiable acres
A full serve ski resort featuring alpine, nordic skiing and snowboarding. Located in Northern California just off of Interstate 5. Ski and stay lift ticket packages at local establishments.
1030 ft vertical, 3 lifts, 27 trails, 150 skiable acres
Mt. Waterman is a day ski and snowboard area close to the Los Angeles basin.
Southern California, 2100 ft vertical, 4 lifts, 26 trails, 800 skiable acres
Skiing in Southern California. 26 runs spanning 3 mountains covering 800 acres with 2,100 vertical ft. Wide open glades, tree runs, bowls, moguls, groomed runs, cornices & quarter pipes.
680 ft vertical, 2 lifts, 5 trails, 40 skiable acres
Buckhorn is a backcountry resort for skiers, snowboarders and cross country skiers. It is a non-profit club operating in the San Gaberial Mountains, California. Members have all year access to the throwback to the 50's lodge which sleeps up to 40 people.
Lake Tahoe / North, stats not available
Southern California, 7000 ft vertical, 14 lifts, 31 trails, 240 skiable acres
Snow Summit's offers a wide variety of interconnecting runs for all ski levels. Located at Big Bear Lake, California. Check out videos, live web cams and pics of the day.
Southern California, 1041 ft vertical, 12 lifts, 29 trails, 240 skiable acres
Located in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains, the resort is just minutes from Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.
Lake Tahoe / North, 500 ft vertical, 5 lifts, 0 trails
Ski, board and tube park in the Northern Sierra, California. Soda Springs, especially to families promotes this unique experience that happens when a family takes the day off to play together.
Central California, 800 ft vertical, 5 lifts, 10 trails
California's original ski area, Badger Pass is a full-service ski resort offering ski and snowboard instruction, rental equipment, a ski shop, childcare, and a cafeteria and lounge. 85 percent of the slopes are devoted to beginner and intermediate levels. Badger Pups - a downhill skiing program offers customized instruction for little skiers ages 4 to 6 years old.
Central California, 3 lifts, 11 trails
Day ski resort and terrain park located in the Sequoia National Forest in the Greenhorn Mountains of California, approximately 50 miles east of Bakersfield.
Lake Tahoe / North, 600 ft vertical, 4 lifts, 15 trails, 120 skiable acres
This is a small, friendly resort offering both alpine skiing and cross country skiing, located near Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, California.