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, 34 trails, 10 lifts, 380 skiable acres
Boreal Mountain Resort is located 80 miles from Sacramento. There is night lighting & sound system on the mountain to enhance your ski and boarding fun.
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Central California
1679 ft vertical, 45 trails, 11 lifts, 1200 skiable acres
OPEN - 45 trails, 9 lifts
China Peak Mountain Resort is located 65 miles northeast of Fresno at scenic Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest.
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Lake Tahoe / North
750 ft vertical, 52 trails, 8 lifts, 460 skiable acres
OPEN - 53 trails, 9 lifts
Donner Ski Ranch is located on US Route 40 high atop Donner Summit, in Norden, California.
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Central California
2590 ft vertical, 35 trails, 7 lifts, 1500 skiable acres
OPEN - 35 trails, 7 lifts
This Northern California resort is located near June Lake, southeast of Yosemite National Park.It offers 2,500 vertical feet of tree-lined runs, and a world class terrain park. It's diverse terrain offers two summits. The resort also offers guided backcountry tours.
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Southern California
1600 ft vertical, 59 trails, 14 lifts, 290 skiable acres
OPEN - 19 trails, 6 lifts
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.
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Lake Tahoe / North
1435 ft vertical, 32 trails, 5 lifts, 425 skiable acres
OPEN - 32 trails, 4 lifts
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.
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1030 ft vertical, 27 trails, 3 lifts, 150 skiable acres
Mt. Waterman is a day ski and snowboard area close to the Los Angeles basin.
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Southern California
2100 ft vertical, 26 trails, 4 lifts, 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.
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680 ft vertical, 5 trails, 2 lifts, 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.
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Lake Tahoe / North
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With five parks and a pipe, Boreal is a terrain park enthusiasts’ playland. Woodward Tahoe is located steps away from the slopes offers indoor trampolines, foam pits, skateparks, ramps and more for apres fun.
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Southern California
1200 ft vertical, 31 trails, 14 lifts, 240 skiable acres
OPEN - 26 trails, lifts
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.
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Southern California
1041 ft vertical, 29 trails, 12 lifts, 240 skiable acres
OPEN - 24 trails, 5 lifts
Located in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains, the resort is just minutes from Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs. The resort doesn't offer tubing but does have the Snow Play experience where you take a chairlift up and sled down designated slides.
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Lake Tahoe / North
550 ft vertical, 15 trails, 4 lifts
CLOSED - Plans to reopen on Feb 11
Soda Springs is the longest running ski resort in California. The resort features Planet Kids, a dedicated snow play area for children 8 and under.
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Central California
800 ft vertical, 10 trails, 5 lifts
OPEN - 10 trails, 4 lifts
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. Guided backcountry ski tours through Yosemite are available.
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Central California
600 ft vertical, 11 trails, 3 lifts, 80 skiable acres
CLOSED - for snowsports
Alta Sierra ski resort and terrain park is located in the Sequoia National Forest in the Greenhorn Mountains of California, approximately 50 miles east of Bakersfield.
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Lake Tahoe / North
600 ft vertical, 15 trails, 5 lifts, 120 skiable acres
OPEN - 15 trails, 5 lifts
This is a small, friendly resort offering both alpine skiing and cross country skiing, located near Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, California.
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Boreal Mountain
Lake Tahoe / North
500 ft
34
10
380
Unknown
100%
China Peak
Central California
1679 ft
45
11
1200
OPEN - 45 trails, 9 lifts
Open
100%
Donner Ski Ranch
Lake Tahoe / North
750 ft
52
8
460
OPEN - 53 trails, 9 lifts
Open
100%
June Mountain
Central California
2590 ft
35
7
1500
OPEN - 35 trails, 7 lifts
Open
100%
Mountain High
Southern California
1600 ft
59
14
290
OPEN - 19 trails, 6 lifts
Open
32%
Mount Shasta
Lake Tahoe / North
1435 ft
32
5
425
OPEN - 32 trails, 4 lifts
Open
100%
1030 ft
27
3
150
n/a
n/a
n/a
Mt. Baldy
Southern California
2100 ft
26
4
800
Operating/No Details
Open*
n/a
680 ft
5
2
40
n/a
n/a
n/a
Boreal Mtn Terrain Park
Lake Tahoe / North
0 ft
0
0
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
Snow Summit
Southern California
1200 ft
31
14
240
OPEN - 26 trails, lifts
Open
100%
Snow Valley
Southern California
1041 ft
29
12
240
OPEN - 24 trails, 5 lifts
Open
80%
Soda Springs
Lake Tahoe / North
550 ft
15
4
n/a
CLOSED - Plans to reopen on Feb 11
Closed*
100%
Badger Pass Ski Area
Central California
800 ft
10
5
n/a
OPEN - 10 trails, 4 lifts
Open
100%
Alta Sierra
Central California
600 ft
11
3
80
CLOSED - for snowsports
Closed
Tahoe Donner
Lake Tahoe / North
600 ft
15
5
120
OPEN - 15 trails, 5 lifts
Open
100%
Legend = Large Resort = Small Resort