There are some great California ski resorts. Here you'll find our favorite ones along with the best resorts or best places to stay while you're skiing there.
Lake Tahoe has an amazing variety of ski resorts and is one of the best places to ski in California. Heavenly Ski Resort is probably the largest and most developed ski destination in Lake Tahoe. There is also Northstar Ski Resort, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Ski Resorts here.
To learn all about it, visit Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts.
Sugar Bowl - Royal Gorge is great for families and adventure seekers. It is in the Lake Tahoe area but just far enough away that it is uncrowded. It has varied terrain, 4 mountain peaks, short lift lines, and many cross country trails as this is the largest cross country resort in North America. There is also a very good ski team and academy.
The best place to stay in this area is the Inn at Sugar Bowl. It's ski in / ski out, gets good reviews and skiers love it here.
Mammoth Mountain is a great spot for families and is in the High Sierra Mountains. There's a variety of skiing here from it's world-famous bowls, gentle slopes, trails through trees, and steep runs. June Mountain is also close by and is another great ski destination.
There is a tube park here, snowmobiles, a cross country ski center, snowcat tours and gondola rides. There is a ski school for beginners and experts.
There are some great places to stay here. If you want to stay right on the mountain, there is the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge or Mammoth Mountain Inn.
To have a great stay in the area, here are our top picks.
The Westin Monache is set within the village at Mammoth. It has spa tubs, breakfast, ski rentals, free airport shuttle, and excellent reviews from past guests. Get more information and see the latest reviews.
A great family resort, Sierra Nevada Resort is downtown Mammoth Lakes. It has 3 great restaurants, ski and snowboard rentals, whirlpool, firepit, a spa and childrens activities. There are fireplace suites with kitchenettes, and 3 bedroom chalets for families that work for groups up to 10-20. Reviews are excellent.
Big Bear is another great ski resort. Click the link above to read all about it.
Dodge Ridge is another great ski resort. It's got 67 trails and is just east of Sonora. There are 5 terrain parks and it works for skiers of different skill levels. It's good if you want somewhere uncrowded and it's also a bit cheaper than other ski resorts. Some note that it's a great place to learn to ski and good for kids.
There are a few places to stay here but no big fancy resorts like we've listed above.
Pinecrest Lake Resort is the closest to the ski area but reviews are just okay.
Pinecrest Chalet gets quite good reviews. It works for groups, has friendly staff and offers group ski discounts.
Lazy Z Resort always gets good reviews. It's family-owned and operated and located in Twain Harte. It's on the more rustic side and doesn't have a ton of amenities.
Bear Valley Ski Resort is in the Central Sierra Mountains between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. There are lots of runs for skiing and snowboarding as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.
The main place to stay here are the Bear Valley Cabins and Lodges. You can also stay at the Bear Valley Lodge but at the time is writing, reviews for this spot are just okay.
We hope you found one of the California ski resorts that will work perfectly for you. Another great resource is Ski Resorts California to find out what else is on offer.
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