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Ski Resort and Skiing Guide to California

A Guide to Ski Resort Locations in California


California and neighboring Nevada always have ski resort listings in Ski Magazine's top 20 American resorts, and many are highly rated for challenge, terrain and grooming. With dozens of ski resort locations, average annual snowfalls more than 350 inches (9 meters) and locations to ski all over the state, you can easily find a ski resort to meet your needs.

Most California ski resort locations are easily accessible by air from anywhere in the state.

Southern Californians with a skiing passion sometimes go skiing on weekday evenings after work. From Los Angeles, ski resorts in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains are the closest.

From San Francisco, you can drive to either North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Mammoth Mountain, located on the east side of the Sierras, is a long drive from either city and best reached by air.

Ski Resort Information

  • All the big California ski resorts have snowmaking equipment. The portion of their trails that each ski resort can service varies.

  • The typical California skiing season runs from November through March, but sometimes you can ski until June.

  • The California Highway Patrol often requires chains on the road to the ski resort. If you are driving a rented vehicle, ask your rental company how to acquire them.

Ski Resorts in California

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