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.

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 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. ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 Eagle Lake Trail

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    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, CA

    Eagle Lake Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 6,577 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
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    Eagle Lake Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is ...

  • #6 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 ...

  • #7 Paradise Memorial Trailway

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    Paradise, CA

    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 ...
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    The thick woodlands that insulate and decorate the charming town of Paradise are the setting for this delightful rail-trail. ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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. ...

  • #10 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. ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 Castle Peak Trail

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    Tahoe National Forest, CA

    Castle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,961 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 ...
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    Castle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long ...

  • #13 Nanny Creek Trail

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    Mineral, CA

    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 ...
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    Here’s a peaceful route deep into a dark forest that features a few clearings for long-distance views to the south, gigantic ...

  • #14 Coppervale Ski Hill Ski Area

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    Westwood, CA

    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 ...
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    Coppervale Ski Hill is located on the southern edge of the Lassen National Forest where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, ...

  • #15 Juanita Lake

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    Macdoel , CA

    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 ...
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    Juanita Lake is a lovely mountain lake in the Klamath National Forest 15 miles south of the California border. It is an easy ...

  • #16 Mount Shasta Ski Park

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    Mount Shasta, CA

    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 ...
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    The Nordic Lodge at Mount Shasta Board & Ski Park is Ashland’s closest full-service Nordic ski area. Though part of a large ...

  • #17 Cedar Pass Snow Park Ski Area

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    Alturas, CA

    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 ...
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    Located in the remote northeast kingdom of California is the two million-acre Modoc National Forest. Originally home to the ...

  • #18 Four Corners

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    Macdoel , CA

    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 ...
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    The Four Corners Snowmobile Park in the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest provides access to 50 miles ...

  • #19 Gold Mountain Ski Area

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    Graeagle, CA

    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. ...
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    Located within Plumas-Eureka State Park and the million acre Plumas National Forest, the east side of Eureka Peak yielded ...

  • #20 June Mountain Ski Area

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    June Lake, CA

    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 ...
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    If you’ve seen the Dachsteingruppe of the Austrian Alps, you’ll recognize the similar terrain at June Mountain. If you haven’t, ...