Best Ski Resorts in California

This list represents the most popular ski resorts in California. Use this list to plan your next California ski resorts trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mt. Pinos Nordic Ski Area

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    Frazier Park, CA

    Mt. Pinos Nordic Skiing is located in the Los Padres National Forest, a 220-mile stretch of coastal mountains between Carmel Valley to the north and Los Angeles on the southernmost tip. One of ...
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    Mt. Pinos Nordic Skiing is located in the Los Padres National Forest, a 220-mile stretch of coastal mountains between Carmel ...

  • #2 Mountain High Ski Resort

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    Wrightwood, CA

    Since its change of ownership in 1997, Mountain High Resort has spent most of its time making big improvements on the hill. They started by adding their second high-speed quad that gets you to ...
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    Since its change of ownership in 1997, Mountain High Resort has spent most of its time making big improvements on the hill. ...

  • #3 Mt. Baldy Ski Resort

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    Mount Baldy, CA

    Back in the early 1940s, Herb Leffler and Jim Chaffee worked together at the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo where United States planes were being built for duty in the Pacific. During ...
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    Back in the early 1940s, Herb Leffler and Jim Chaffee worked together at the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo where ...

  • #4 Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

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    Norden, CA

    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director of the Badger Pass Ski School in Yosemite in the 1930s, wasn't convinced ...
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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director ...

  • #5 Sequoia Ski Touring Area

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    Three Rivers, CA

    In 1890, several years after John Muir witnessed and reported on the destruction of the Sequoia groves, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill that established Sequoia National Park. It ...
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    In 1890, several years after John Muir witnessed and reported on the destruction of the Sequoia groves, President Benjamin ...

  • #6 Sierra Summit Mountain Ski Resort

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    Lakeshore, CA

    Sierra Summit Mountain Resort is located in the heart of the Sierra National Forest, part of the longest block of wild lands in the Sierra where no paved pass exists on which to cross the mountain ...
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    Sierra Summit Mountain Resort is located in the heart of the Sierra National Forest, part of the longest block of wild lands ...

  • #7 Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

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    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    Located within the boundary of the Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Mountain is California’s most remote ski resort of its size. You won’t see cities, major airfields, industrial smokestacks, or ...
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    Located within the boundary of the Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Mountain is California’s most remote ski resort of its size. ...

  • #8 Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort

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    Big Bear Lake, CA

    Located 90 miles due east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Mountain resort offers some of the closest skiing to Southern California. Spanning three peaks over 8,000 ...
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    Located 90 miles due east of Los Angeles in the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Mountain resort offers some of the ...

  • #9 Montecito-Sequoia Resort Cross-Country Ski and Winter Sports Area

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    Pinehurst, CA

    Cross a destination mountain resort with a scout camp, add a generous dash of church social, and you’ll have an idea of what Montecito-Sequoia Resort is all about. If you’ve ever wanted the chance ...
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    Cross a destination mountain resort with a scout camp, add a generous dash of church social, and you’ll have an idea of what ...

  • #10 Heavenly Ski Resort

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    South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Originally known as Bijou Ski Run, Chris Kuraisa purchased the two-rope tow area for $1,950 and the surrounding property for $3,750 to encourage business at his sports shop. Lift tickets sold ...
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    Originally known as Bijou Ski Run, Chris Kuraisa purchased the two-rope tow area for $1,950 and the surrounding property ...

  • #11 Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country Ski Area

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    Truckee, CA

    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) feels remarkably isolated, especially in the historic Euer Valley. The ...
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    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) ...

  • #12 Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort

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    Soda Springs, CA

    Royal Gorge is, hands-down, the largest cross-country ski resort in North America and sports the world’s largest cross-country grooming fleet. Located around the corner from Squaw Valley, and ...
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    Royal Gorge is, hands-down, the largest cross-country ski resort in North America and sports the world’s largest cross-country ...

  • #13 Badger Pass Ski Resort

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    Mariposa, CA

    When the Yosemite Park and Curry Company established the Yosemite Winter Club in 1928, the immediate result was the creation of a small ski hill and ski jump near Tenaya Creek Bridge. After the ...
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    When the Yosemite Park and Curry Company established the Yosemite Winter Club in 1928, the immediate result was the creation ...

  • #14 Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort

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    Kirkwood, CA

    Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in North America, sporting the best Tahoe powder, and the highest base elevation in California, Kirkwood offers some of the best vertical and freeride terrain ...
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    Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in North America, sporting the best Tahoe powder, and the highest base elevation in ...

  • #15 Rim Nordic Ski Area and Green Valley Nordic Ski Area

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    Running Springs, CA

    Bev and Kerry Brown, founders and owners of Rim Nordic, were introduced to the area while Kerry was on the Snow Valley Mountain Resort Ski Patrol. Deciding they wanted to branch out into a c ...
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    Bev and Kerry Brown, founders and owners of Rim Nordic, were introduced to the area while Kerry was on the Snow Valley Mountain ...

  • #16 Northstar-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

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    Truckee, CA

    Spanning Mount Pluto (El. 8,610 feet) and nearby sub-summit Lookout Mountain, Northstar-at-Tahoe is a true family resort. Most of the runs are groomed, there are terrain and terrain parks to ...
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    Spanning Mount Pluto (El. 8,610 feet) and nearby sub-summit Lookout Mountain, Northstar-at-Tahoe is a true family resort. ...

  • #17 Tahoe-Donner Ski Resort

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    Truckee, CA

    One of several ski areas lining the Interstate 80 corridor through Emigrant Gap and Donner Pass, Tahoe-Donner is the last of the string heading east. The Tahoe Donner Association, owner of the ...
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    One of several ski areas lining the Interstate 80 corridor through Emigrant Gap and Donner Pass, Tahoe-Donner is the last ...

  • #18 Homewood Mountain Ski Resort

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    Homewood, CA

    Homewood is the only resort located on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, the last portion of the lake that remains primarily undeveloped. Though this region may not fall into the category of destination ...
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    Homewood is the only resort located on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, the last portion of the lake that remains primarily undeveloped. ...

  • #19 Squaw Valley Ski Resort

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    Olympic Valley, CA

    Take a resort like Pebble Beach in Monterey, California, that’s glitzy and expensive, put it in an alpine setting, and you have Squaw Valley USA. Though it offers world-class skiing, Squaw has ...
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    Take a resort like Pebble Beach in Monterey, California, that’s glitzy and expensive, put it in an alpine setting, and you ...

  • #20 Bear Valley Cross-Country Ski Area

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    Bear Valley, CA

    Located in Bear Valley Village, Bear Valley Cross-country & Adventure Company (BVCC) offers 45 miles of groomed trails and an ample opportunity for off-piste ski touring. Owner Paul Petersen ...
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    Located in Bear Valley Village, Bear Valley Cross-country & Adventure Company (BVCC) offers 45 miles of groomed trails and ...