Although California is known for its beautiful, sunny weather, the state has some really good ski and snowboarding resorts. Here is a guide to the best ski destinations in California from north to south.
Mount Shasta Ski Park has about 425 acres of terrain. It is 1,390 vertical feet and has 32 trails. It offers night skiing on 14 trails and 3 lifts. The park is designed 20% for beginners, 55% for intermediate, and 25% advanced skiers. It also has a 300 foot long “super halfpipe.”
Mount Shasta Ski Park has been opened since 1985. It has opened 24 seasons and has had over 2 million skiers and snowboarders over the years. Mount Shasta Ski Park is the youngest ski park in the United States. “Mount Shasta” is the most massive mountain in the United States.
Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s famous ski areas. Tahoe has over a dozen down-hill and cross-country resorts. It is the perfect place for a winter vacation offering everything from casinos to quiet cabins.
Squaw Valley is one of the best resorts in the area. It is open winters between November and Mid-May and in the summer between June and Mid-September. Its base elevation is 6,200 feet. Its peak elevation is 9,050 feet. It has a vertical rise of 2,850 feet.
The average snowfall for the year is 450 inches. The trail is 25% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 30% advanced. It has 4,000 skiable acres with about 170 trails and 33 lifts.
Squaw Valley has more than 300 days of clear and sunny ski days per year. It has a children’s center which is 12,000 square feet dedicated to children. It is complete with a rental shop, a private ski hill with a “Pony Tow” and 2 “Magic Carpet” lifts and is designed for children and adolescents aged 13-18.
Big Bear Lake is a great ski region with about 8,000 feet peaks and is located only about two hours from the mid-region of Los Angeles. Snow Mountain Resort has 748 total permit areas. 198 of these acres are developed and the other 550 acres are accessible acres of natural terrain which contain deer, a gold mine, and bow canyons. It has 12 mountain peaks, the highest being 8,805 feet and the lowest being 8,000 feet. The terrain is 15% beginner, 15% low intermediate, 40% intermediate, and 30% advanced.
They have a system that can convert up to up to 6,000 gallons of water per minute into snow. Three to five feet of snow is made on 100% of the developed terrain each year.
Next time you decide to go on a winter vacation, enjoy one of the many ski resorts in the beautiful state of California.
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