Best Cross-Country Skiing in California

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

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#1. Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort


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 a maze o…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Mammoth Lakes, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts BestBackcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Sugar Bowl Ski Resort


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…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Norden, CA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing BestClimbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Sequoia Ski Touring Area


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 was Ameri…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Three Rivers, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Heavenly Ski Resort


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 for $1 i…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
South Lake Tahoe, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Badger Pass Ski Resort


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 Wawona…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Mariposa, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Paradise Memorial Trailway


The thick woodlands that insulate and decorate the charming town of Paradise are the setting for this delightful rail-trail. Surface: Asphalt, with a short section of dirt that can be avoided by usi…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails California"
Paradise, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 5.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Bizz Johnson Trail


The Bizz Johnson Trail is the longest, and arguably the most scenic, rail-trail in California. The wonderful route leads through the dense woodlands of the high country into the spectacular Susan Rive…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails California"
Susanville, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 25 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort


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 in t…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Kirkwood, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Squaw Valley Ski Resort


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 gotten…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Olympic Valley, CA - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Homewood Mountain Ski Resort


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 resort…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Homewood, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Northstar-at-Tahoe Ski Resort


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 keep ever…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Truckee, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Nanny Creek Trail


Here’s a peaceful route deep into a dark forest that features a few clearings for long-distance views to the south, gigantic rock outcrops often topped with snow, and swift Nanny Creek, a scenic spot…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Northern California"
Mineral, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing - 4.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Juanita Lake


Juanita Lake is a lovely mountain lake in the Klamath National Forest 15 miles south of the California border. It is an easy drive from Klamath Falls. The area does not get a lot of snow, and the tour…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Macdoel , CA - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Mount Shasta Ski Park


The Nordic Lodge at Mount Shasta Board & Ski Park is Ashland’s closest full-service Nordic ski area. Though part of a large resort, the cross-country trails are far from the alpine activity and offer…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Mount Shasta, CA - Cross-Country Skiing - 3.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Coppervale Ski Hill Ski Area


Coppervale Ski Hill is located on the southern edge of the Lassen National Forest where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc Plateau, and the Great Basin meet. Though the area is heavily logged…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Westwood, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Cedar Pass Snow Park Ski Area


Located in the remote northeast kingdom of California is the two million-acre Modoc National Forest. Originally home to the Modoc, Northern Paiute, and Achomawi Native American tribes, the land was us…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Alturas, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Four Corners


The Four Corners Snowmobile Park in the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest provides access to 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Green Sticker snowmobile fees pay for plowing…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Macdoel , CA - Cross-Country Skiing - 10.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Truckee River Bike Trail


Boisterous. If a single word could describe the Truckee River Trail in summer, that would be it. The trail hums with activity during the height of the summer season, as colorful rafts packed with padd…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails California"
Tahoe City, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Gold Mountain Ski Area


Located within Plumas-Eureka State Park and the million acre Plumas National Forest, the east side of Eureka Peak yielded 62 miles of mining shafts following the pursuit of gold veins in 1851. For obv…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
Graeagle, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. June Mountain Ski Area


If you’ve seen the Dachsteingruppe of the Austrian Alps, you’ll recognize the similar terrain at June Mountain. If you haven’t, you’re in for a visual treat. Located in the Inyo National Forest north…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada"
June Lake, CA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Published by Falcon Guides