Best Ski Resorts in California

Best Ski Resorts in California

Most people don’t think about snowcapped peaks and hitting the slopes when they hear about California. The Golden State, blessed with warm yearly temperatures and over 250 days of sunshine don’t invoke thoughts of chilly days and fashionable ski gear. Yet, California has some of the most popular and visited ski resorts in the United States.

California is home to many beautiful mountain ranges which are decorated with resort villages, unmatched by any others. These year round resorts are havens for summer and winter activities ranging from skateboarding to skiing. These 5 star retreats include many prestigious spas and ski runs, enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth offers its visitors a diverse helping of summer activities, but when the snow flies, a winter wonderland opens to the public and offers a full helping of cold-weather activities. Some of the winter offerings from Mammoth include:

  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowboarding
  • Much more!


Mammoth has 150 ski trails to discover with over 3,100 feet of vertical slope. With over 3,500 acres of exciting terrain, snow-lovers will always have something new to see. Mammoth benefits from over 400” of snow fall each season coupled with over 300 days of gorgeous sunshine. This unique and winning combination keeps visitors coming back every year.

More than just sports

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, there are some great ways to kick back and relax at Mammoth Mountain. Indulge in one of their great escapes to see the sights and enjoy a memorable evening.

Snowcat Rides

Taking a ride on a luxury snowcat is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in one of their heated snowcats while touring the mountain and seeing the sights.

Scenic Gondola

Mammoth Mountain reaches 11, 053 feet into the clouds. Scaling the mountain in a scenic gondola offers a breathtaking view of the mountain and all of its bustling activities. At the peak lays the Top of the Sierra Café and the Sierra Interpretive Center.

Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe is an extraordinary retreat for skiers and snowboarders. Nestled on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is accessible by many and conveniently located by many tourist hot-spots. The unique trails and stunning scenery is second to none. Visitors enjoy the challenging tree runs, manicured slopes, and rolling glades.

Bear Mountain

Big Bear Mountain Resort, in Big Bear Lake, California offers a series of fun and challenging peaks to indulge any avid skier or snowboarder. Silver Mountain has three advanced runs which also, visit Deer Canyon and Goldmine Canyon. The daring Geronimo Run offers the greatest challenge to advanced skiers in all of Southern California. Big Bear has 748 acres of rugged terrain to discover. Traversing the mountain is easy with two high-speed quad chairs, one quad chair, two triple chairs, four double chairs, and three moving carpets. The gorgeous snowcapped peaks include Bear Peak (8,805 feet), Silver Mountain (8,560 feet), Goldmine Mountain(8,440 feet), and Showdown Mountain (8,000 feet).