Ski California


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Ski California, USA

Skiing in California can be a winter wonderland or a typically California-sunny experience.  Spring skiing conditions will often bring out bizarrely-dressed, fun loving Californians as well as some scantily-clad exhibitionists.   Whether you choose the north, central or southern part of this vast state, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy winter sports in the Golden State. 

 

Bear Mountain

The Terrain Park at Bear Mountain is recognized as one of the most progressive around with 150 jumps and 80 jibs, a half pipe and a super pipe.  There is plenty of room for beginners to practice. 

Passes are interchangeable between Bear Mountain and Snow Summit with a free shuttle service, so skiers and snowboarders have the best of both worlds.   

 

The two areas combined offer 26 lifts, 430 acres, more than 55 runs and an incredible array of parks, pipes and rails. 

 

Lake Tahoe

One of the most well known areas for skiing in California is Lake Tahoe.   Lake Tahoe is also known for its casinos, luxury hotels and nightlife, as well as the beautiful lake.   The area is divided into the North Shore and South Shore. 

 

The North Shore tends to have the tougher runs with resorts such as Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl along with less intimidating resorts such as Northstar, Donner Ski Ranch and Granlibakken.   The south shore of Lake Tahoe offers Heavenly Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood.  There is too much information on these wonderful ski areas to detail here, so check them out for yourself on the above web site.

 

Mammoth Mountain

Located in the Mammoth Lakes area of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California, this is a huge ski area with almost 4,000 acres of varied terrain with bowls, good powder and great après ski and nightlife in the village! It is a five hours drive north of Los Angeles, through the Mojave Desert, close to Yosemite National Park.

 

Due to its elevation it is usually the first resort to open in California and you can enjoy spring skiing conditions at Mammoth through July!  The ski area at June Mountain is close by as well as Tamarack Cross Country Ski Centre. 

 

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

Located in Northern California in the Cascade mountain range, Mount Shasta is the second highest volcano in the U.S.   The city of Mt. Shasta lies at the foot of the mountain and is an area of spectacular scenery with plenty of winter sports activities.  There is a Beginner Terrain Park and a separate Terrain Park for intermediate and advanced skiers with 800’ vertical.  

 

The area also includes 30 kilometers of cross country ski and snowshoeing areas.    There are lessons for all types of skiing, including telemarking.  Other ski areas in Northern California include Cedar Pass, Coppervale and Gold Mountain.