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Skiing in California

Ski Areas in North America
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California in the USA boasts heaps of world class ski areas, ranging from big mountain style resorts down to small local mountains. Some of the largest areas sit within North California including Heavenly, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain.

With resorts ranging from large to smaller skiing terrain, California caters for every kind of skier from beginner to expert, all with their own unique style and quality. With amazing panoramic backdrops and gondolas climbing to a summit of 11,053 ft it’s no wonder that this area attracts visitors year after year.

Ski Resorts in California

The enormous ski resort Heavenly has absolutely everything a ski resort can offer, from amazing panoramic views, groomed pistes, mogul runs, snowparks and miles of off-piste terrain. It’s not just skiing and snowboarding the Heavenly ski resort is famous for, the village itself is another great attraction with various non skiing winter activities available for the whole family to enjoy from ice-skating to casinos.

The resort is also great for après-ski fun both on and off the mountain with great hospitality and friendly staff. Another family friendly ski village is Northstar, famous for Shaun White's purposely built half-pipe and endless tree runs.

Located in Eastern California, Mammoth Mountain is home to world class skiing, heavy snowfall and glorious sunshine throughout the season. The resort has a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife options which have a super relaxed and friendly vibe.

Well-known for its collection of snow-parks and home to some award winning athletes, Sierra at Tahoe is all about the skiing. Even though it’s home to top professional skiers, this non flashy ski resort is also great for beginners and intermediates and gives you a chance to be inspired by athletes who train in the local parks and skiing terrain.

For complete beginners or children stepping their feet on the snow for the first time Badger Pass is a great option for learning how to ski, board, snowshoe or cross-country ski.

For off-piste powder runs and first tracks head to either Kirkwood or Sugar Bowl as these ski resorts are blessed with heavy dumps of snowfall and fantastic ski runs.

Made up of two areas Snow Summit and Bear Mountain make up the Big Bear Mountain Resort, loved for its alpine feel and low key après-ski.

With 518m of downhill skiing China Peak is easy to get to and caters for everyone. This resort is ideal for beginners looking to build their skills up in the park as there are plenty of rollers, jumps and features for all abilities.

Last but not least the retro and traditional ski resort Bear Valley caters for all levels of skiing and is popular for snowmobiles with its 3,000 acres of terrain.

Ski resorts in California include:

  • Heavenly
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Mammoth
  • Northstar
  • Squaw Valley
  • Bear Valley
  • Mountain High
  • Sugar Bowl
  • China Peak
  • Big Bear Mountain
  • Kirkwood
  • Badger Pass
  • Alpine Meadows
  • Sierra at Tahoe
  • Dodge Ridge
  • Homewood Mountain Resort
  • Boreal Mountain Resort
  • Donner Ski Ranch
  • Mount Shasta
  • Mount Waterman
  • Mount Baldy
  • Buckhorn
  • Boreal Terrain Park
  • Snow Summit
  • Snow Valley
  • Soda Springs
  • Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows
  • Tahoe Donner

Skiing in California

If you like big mountain skiing with vast amounts of skiable terrain, lots of snowfall and of course plenty of sunshine then skiing in California is the perfect skiing destination.

There is skiing for all abilities available at California. The friendly staff at the ski and snowboard school will give you the chance to brush up on your skiing techniques and learn new skills at the same time.

One of the most popular skiing destinations in California is Lake Tahoe with its excellent range of resorts such as Heavenly, Northstar California and Kirkwood.

Snowboarders and freestyle skiers will especially love the many snowparks available in the California ski region, there is never an opportunity to miss a jump in one of the various parks dotted around the mountains with access to kickers, rails, boxes, half-pipes and much more.

If you prefer not to be carving California's perfectly groomed pistes then there is a large amount of off-piste terrain to be explored with first track opportunity if you make it up there early enough.

Ski Holidays in California

Booking a ski holiday in California couldn’t be easier. Iglu Ski offer some great deals on many of the ski resorts located in the California skiing region. With holidays perfect for families, groups, celebrations and couples, California offers so much more than just a skiing holiday. Speak to one of our USA ski experts by calling the number above.

There are plenty of other activities available off the mountain such as snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice-skating, guided tours, shopping, dining, spas and outdoor swimming pools. If its après-ski you like then resorts such as Heavenly have lively bars both on the mountain and in resort.