The definitive guide to skiing in California
As part of our weekend warrior content series, this week we’re focusing on ski resorts in California. With this content series, we hope to inspire weekend warriors around the country to get out there an explore their backyard.
That said, if you're looking for a new backyard, check out our other posts on skiing near NYC, skiing near Boston, skiing near Seattle, ski resorts near DC, skiing in North Carolina, and skiing near Chicago.
Our guide to the skiing in California begins below:
If you're living in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for some high quality skiing and snowboarding, look no further than Tahoe. With 12 distinct mountains and up to 600 inches of snowfall a year there is a little bit of something for everyone here. Ample lodging, quality nightlife, and tons of snow make Tahoe one of our favorite ski regions in the country. We're partial to Kirkwood and Squaw, but there are reasons to love each of the mountains here.
- Drive from San Francisco: 3-4 hours
One of the biggest mountains in California, Mammoth has 3,500 acres of vertical drops, steeps, bowls, and terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders to explore. A lively ski village makes Mammoth a great weekend trip for LA skiers and snowboarders looking to escape the city for a little while. Advanced skiers and snowboarders should head directly to chair 23 for some high octane fun.
- Drive from LA: 5 hours
- Skiable acres: 3,500
- Annual snowfall: 400 inches
At just under 2 hours from LA, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit offer high quality turns that are relatively accessible from downtown. While the mountains lack the steep turns and deep powder that you might find at Mammoth, there is still a ton of fun to be had here for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
- Drive from LA: 2 hours
- Skiable acres: 1,000
- Annual snowfall: 100 inches
Only an hour from LA, Mt. Baldy has some of the steepest and most demanding terrain in the state. What Baldy lacks in snow it definitely makes up for in challenging, accessible terrain. The mountain has a shorter season than most due to the lack of snowmaking program, but the high elevation helps keep the natural snow around longer.
- Drive from LA: 1 hour
- Skiable acres: 400
- Annual snowfall: 178 inches