Skiing season is upon us, and in California, there are plenty of great places for those who are into winter sports. Angelenos are blessed with both year-round warm weather, and magnificent ski and snowboard resorts within driving distance. You can go to the beach and hit the slopes on the same day! Get your group of friends together and head to the mountains for the weekend. Here are the best California locations for skiing and snowboarding:
Mammoth is one of the best and most popular ski & snowboard resorts in California! Situated about 330 miles from San Francisco and 310 miles from LA, Mammoth offers the highest elevation level in California – 11,053 ft. There you have 3,500 acres of skiing area available to you, and a 3,100 ft. vertical drop. Experience the luxury of the resort book a tour before you ride, play golf and ski (or snowboard) all in the same location. There are also plenty of fine après-ski options and great opportunities for shopping and dining, if you are not a skier.
Mount Rose is Lake Tahoe’s ski & snowboard resort located 30 minutes away from Reno, Nevada. You’re in for good power skiing and Mt. Rose Chutes that offer the longest slopes in North America with 45-55 degree vertical drops. Mount Rose also offers both skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to join competitive teams, if you’re in the mood for a challenge. Expert skiers and snowboarders will find this resort the most appealing. Plus, you can get served breakfast and get a lift ticket for the day for less than $100!
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year-round mountain destination located in the Eldorado National Forest south of Lake Tahoe in California. The resort offers everything from beginners’ trails to expert slopes and chutes. Perfect ski-in, ski-out hotels are available in the resort village along with shops and restaurants for those you are not skiing. Other winter activities like cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and dog sled tours are available for you while enjoying your stay in Kirkwood.