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California Ski Resorts - Eastern Sierra

Eastern Sierra Ski Resorts Overview

High Sierras

Ski resorts in California are world-renowned as well as small community supported ski areas. Many skiing resorts also offer groomed cross-country trails and most provide ski rental, food services and ski lessons where you can learn how to ski or snowboard. From the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort where you'll find unimpeded views of Lake Tahoe to the popular slopes of Mammoth Mountain, California ski resorts are snow skiing and snowboarding friendly and many offer terrain parks. Although this site is focused on California, some resorts on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are listed below. Be sure to check the resort websites for a ski report and vacation packages. Other winter activities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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Beginner = Beginner    Intermediate = Intermediate   Advanced= Advanced    Expert= Expert    Cross Country = Cross-Country

SIERRA SNOW REPORT

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is California's premier Alpine skiing & snowboarding destination. Lake Tahoe winter resorts include the mega, all inclusive Alpine resorts as well as small, one lift ski areas. Whether you're an expert skier or a first-time snowboarder, Tahoe has a resort and ski slope to suit your skills.

LAKE VIEWS: Heavenly, Homewood and Diamond Peak
DEALS: Mt. Rose, Homewood and Diamond Peak
FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Northstar, Diamond Peak and Soda Springs
PARTY SCENE: Heavenly
CRUISER: Northstar
CHALLENGE: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood
ACCESSIBILITY: Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Northstar
TERRAIN PARK: Northstar and Boreal
PAMPERED: Squaw Valley

NOTE: Check out our Tahoe page that is dedicated to all the Lake Tahoe activities that are available.

USEFUL TAHOE SITES:
Tahoe Visitors Bureau
Tahoe Visitors Map
Tahoe Ski Report
Tahoe Avalanche Report

TAHOE SNOW REPORT

  • Heavenly Ski Resort is found in South Lake Tahoe along Highway 50. Heavenly Ski Resort is the largest of all ski resorts in Tahoe with 97 runs accessed by 28 lifts. They have the highest summit at 10,067 feet and are the only Tahoe resort split by the California/Nevada border. Several runs offer heavenly views of Lake Tahoe. Adventure Peak is at the top of the gondola and offers zip lining and a tubing hill. Skiers and snowboarders can test their abilities at 2 terrain parks. Heavenly Ski Resort has four base facilities and many amenities including hotels, restaurants, ice skating rink, movie theater, shopping and entertainment. A mid-mountain ski chalet features a mature aprés ski party with a DJ and dancers. Sign up for ski school to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. SKI Magazine ranked Heavenly Ski Resort as one of the top 5 winter resorts in North America for views. Check their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 20%   Intermediate 45%   Advanced 35%    Cross Country

    HEAVENLY SNOW REPORT

    Heavenly Ski Resort
    Corner of Wildwood and Saddle
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (775) 586-7000
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Northstar Ski Resort is located off Highway 267 in North Lake Tahoe. Northstar is one of the larger ski resorts in Tahoe with 100 runs accessed by 20 lifts. Skiers and snowboarders can hone their skills at 9 different terrain parks and families enjoy a snow tubing hill. Northstar Village features an outdoor ice skating rink surrounded by shops, restaurants and entertainment. Northstar Resort has many amenities include on-mountain lodging & dining, two movie theaters, a cross-country park, mid-mountain tubing hill and more. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. SKI Magazine ranked Northstar as one of the top 5 winter resorts in North America for family-friendly programs, terrain park and grooming. TransWorld SNOWboarding consistently ranks Northstar as a top 10 pick for Best North American Terrain Parks. Go to the website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 13%   Intermediate 60%   Advanced 27%    Cross Country

    NORTHSTAR SNOW REPORT

    Northstar Ski Resort
    100 Northstar Drive
    Truckee, California 96161
    (800) 466-6784
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is situated along Highway 40, west of Donner Lake approximately 6 miles. Sugar Bowl is one of the larger ski resorts in Tahoe with 103 runs accessed by 12 lifts. They offer the closest Alpine skiing to San Francisco. Sugar Bowl features four peaks, accessible backcountry terrain, several lodges, restaurants and bars including mid-mountain options. Skiers and boarders can test their abilities at 4 different terrain parks. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. They are one of the few remaining family owned & operated resorts. Sugar Bowl Resort is seamlessly connected to Royal Gorge, the largest cross-country park in North America. Refer to their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 17%   Intermediate 45%   Advanced 38%    Cross Country

    SUGAR BOWL SNOW REPORT

    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
    629 Sugar Bowl Road
    Norden, California 95724
    (530) 426-9000
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

    Squaw Valley Ski Resort is found off Highway 89, northwest of Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley has the most runs of any Alpine skiing resorts in Tahoe with 170+ runs accessed by 29 lifts. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have joined forces and offer a Tahoe Super Pass that's good for skiing both mountains on the same day. Catch the Squaw/Alpine Express Shuttle for transportation between the two resorts. Squaw Valley Resort is well known for deep snow pack and huge, challenging bowls that earned it the nickname, 'Squawsome'. This was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Squaw Valley Resort offers many mid-mountain amenities at High Camp like restaurants, heated pools, lounge decks, Olympic Museum, ice skating rink and more. Other Squaw activities include cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. Skiers and snowboarders can test their abilities at 4 unique terrain parks. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. The Village at Squaw Valley offers many amenities including hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and more. Check their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 25%   Intermediate 45%   Advanced 30%    Cross Country

    TIP: Even if you're not into Alpine skiing or snowboarding, take the gondola up the mountain to the High Camp where you'll find an outdoor ice skating rink, Olympic museum, inner-tube park, large outdoor heated pools and more.

    SQUAW VALLEY SNOW REPORT

    Squaw Valley Ski Resort
    1960 Squaw Valley Road
    Olympic Valley, California 96146
    (530) 583-6985
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • photo courtesy of Alpine Meadows

    Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is situated along Highway 89, northwest of Lake Tahoe. This is one of the larger ski resorts in Tahoe with 100+ runs accessed by 13 lifts. Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley have joined forces and offer a Tahoe Super Pass that's good for skiing both mountains on the same day. Catch the Squaw/Alpine Express Shuttle for transportation between skiing resorts. Alpine Meadows offers seven bowls and much of the same challenging terrain and conditions as Squaw Valley but on a smaller scale. Skiers and snowboarders can hone their skills at the terrain park. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Go to the website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 25%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 35%

    ALPINE MEADOWS SNOW REPORT

    Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
    2600 Alpine Meadows Road
    Tahoe City, California 96145
    (800) 441-4423
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Boreal Ski Resort

    Boreal Ski Resort is located along Interstate 80, west of Donner Lake approximately 4 miles. Boreal is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with 33 runs accessed by 10 lifts. Boreal mainly attracts snowboarders with its 'All-Mountain Terrain Park'. Skiers and snowboarders can hone their skills at 8 different terrain parks ranging from big jumps and pipes to beginner level. Families can enjoy a snow tubing hill. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Refer to their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 30%   Intermediate 55%   Advanced 15%

    BOREAL SNOW REPORT

    Boreal Ski Resort
    Interstate 80
    Norden, California 95724
    (530) 426-3666
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is found off Highway 50, south of South Lake Tahoe approximately 15 miles. This is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with 46 runs accessed by 14 lifts. Sierra-at-Tahoe offers the closest Alpine skiing to Sacramento. This family-friendly ski resort specializes in snow skiing and snowboarding terrain for beginners and children 3 to 12 years old with themed snow play areas including tubing hills and snowshoe trails. Technical aspects include 6 unique terrain parks, a halfpipe and hundreds of acres of backcountry snow skiing terrain. TransWorld SNOWboarding ranked the Sierra-at-Tahoe halfpipe as a Top 10 in North America. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. The ski chalet features outdoor decks, multiple restaurants and fire pits. Check their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 25%   Intermediate 50%   Advanced 25%

    SIERRA-AT-TAHOE SNOW REPORT

    Sierra-at-Tahoe
    1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road
    Twin Bridges, California 95735
    (530) 659-7453
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Ramsey's trail, Mt.Rose Ski Resort

    Mt. Rose Ski Resort is found along Highway 431 between Reno and North Lake Tahoe. This is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with more than 60+ runs accessed by 8 lifts. Mt. Rose has the highest base of any Alpine skiing resorts in Tahoe and often has the most snow. The Chutes are expert runs that are some of the longest vertical runs in North America. As if the terrain isn't challenging enough, skiers and snowboarders can catch big air at 3 different terrain parks. Mt. Rose Resort offers the closest Alpine skiing for Reno residents - within 30 minutes. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Go to the website for Tahoe vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 20%   Intermediate 30%   Advanced 40%   Expert 10%

    TIP: Mt. Rose has some of the best deals for discount lift tickets in Tahoe with promos like 'Two for Tuesdays', 'Ladies Day Thursdays' and more.

    MT. ROSE SNOW REPORT

    Mt. Rose Ski Resort
    22222 Mount Rose Highway
    Reno, Nevada 89511
    (800) 754-7673
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Donner Ski Ranch is found off Interstate 80, west of Donner Lake approximately 6 miles. This is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with 53 runs accessed by 8 lifts. Donner Ski Ranch is a family-friendly ski resort with amenities including a cafeteria, bar and snow tubing hill. Refer to their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 25%   Intermediate 50%   Advanced 25%

    DONNER SKI RANCH SNOW REPORT

    Donner Ski Ranch
    19320 Donner Pass Road
    Norden, California 95724
    (530) 426-3635
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • photo courtesy of Homewood Mountain Resort

    Homewood Mountain Ski Resort is situated off Highway 89 on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. This is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with 64 runs accessed by 8 lifts. Homewood is the closest resort to Lake Tahoe and offer some of the best lake views of any Alpine skiing resorts in Tahoe. They are conveniently located near many lakefront dining and lodging options. Homewood is known for their family-friendly Alpine skiing and snowboarding with a Family Snow Play Zone and 6 unique terrain parks. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. SKI Magazine ranked Homewood as a Top 5 in North America for views. Check their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 15%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 30%   Expert 15%

    TIP: Homewood is the best value in Tahoe for what you get. Great views, great runs and friendly service for an inexpensive lift ticket. Look for the free Tahoe Weekly at newsstands, which sometimes contain offers for discount lift tickets.

    HOMEWOOD SNOW REPORT

    Homewood Mountain Ski Resort
    5145 W. Lake Boulevard
    Homewood, California 96141
    (530) 525-2900
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Crystal Ridge trail, Diamond Peak Ski Resort

    Diamond Peak Ski Resort is found at the intersection of Highways 28 and 431 in North Lake Tahoe. This is one of the moderate-size ski resorts in Tahoe with 30 runs accessed by 6 lifts. Along with Homewood and Heavenly Ski Resort this family-friendly ski resort offers some of the best views of Lake Tahoe. Four unique terrain parks offer skiers and snowboarders everything from big jumps to easy rollers. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. The ski chalet offers a food court, restaurant, bar and decks. Go to the website for Tahoe vacation packages and ski slope status.
    Beginner 18%   Intermediate 46%   Advanced 36%

    TIP: Snowflake Lodge is found at the top of the Lakeview Quad lift and features expansive views of Lake Tahoe. This small eatery offers indoor seating around a central fireplace and outdoor deck seating. Comfort food, wine and microbrew beers are served. Last Tracks is offered for an additional fee on Saturdays and features an Apré-Ski wine tasting. Last Tracks patrons top it off with a final run down a freshly groomed trail.
    Diamond Peak offers a free shuttle from the Hyatt Resort - Incline Village every half-hour from opening to closing.

    DIAMOND PEAK SNOW REPORT

    Diamond Peak
    1210 Ski Way
    Incline Village, Nevada 89451
    (775) 832-1177
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Soda Springs Ski Resort is situated near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 40, west of Donner Lake approximately 6 miles. This is a small-scale ski area with 20 runs accessed by 4 lifts. Soda Springs is a family-friendly ski resort with their 'Planet Kids' snow park, learning areas, mini-snowmobiles, tubing hills, sleigh rides and more. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Refer to their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
    Beginner 30%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 30%

    SODA SPRINGS SNOW REPORT

    Soda Springs Ski Resort
    Highway 40
    Soda Springs, California 95728
    (530) 426-3901
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website

  • Tahoe Donner is located off Interstate 80 at the top of Donner Pass. This is a small-scale ski area with 15 runs accessed by 5 lifts. Tahoe Donner has excellent beginner snow boarding terrain. This is a great place to learn Alpine skiing or snowboarding if you've been thinking about trying it. Skiers and snowboarders can hone their skills at 3 different terrain parks. Families will enjoy the snowplay area with a sledding hill. Their ski school specializes in teaching beginners and offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard. The Tahoe Donner ski chalet features a bar, lounge area and fire pits. Check their website for ski slope status.
    Beginner 40%   Intermediate 60%   Advanced 0%    Cross Country

    TAHOE DONNER SNOW REPORT

    Tahoe Donner
    11509 Northwoods Boulevard
    Truckee, California 96161
    (530) 587-9444
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam

  • Granlibakken is found along Highway 89 on Lake Tahoe's west shore. This is the smallest of all Alpine skiing resorts in Tahoe with 1 run and 1 lift. Granlibakken is Norwegian for 'sheltered by trees'. This resort offers accommodations for large groups including corporate meetings and weddings. The ski run is an additional amenity for guests.
    Beginner 25%   Intermediate 75%   Advanced 0%    Cross Country

    Granlibakken
    725 Granlibakken Road
    Tahoe City, California 96145
    (800) 543-3221
    Map  |   Hotel  |   Website


Kirkwood Ski Resort is found along Highway 88 in the northern Sierra Nevada. This is one of the larger ski resorts in Tahoe with 86 runs accessed by 15 lifts. Kirkwood is considered a Tahoe resort but is actually located over 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood is one of the most challenging Alpine skiing resorts in Tahoe with 6 bowls and nearly twice the vertical feet of other local resorts. Kirkwood Resort is favored by the locals who prefer a deeper snow base of lighter snow known locally as "The K-Factor". As if the terrain isn't challenge enough, Kirkwood offers 2 terrain parks to push your skiing and snowboarding skills to the limit. Ski lessons offer the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Kirkwood Resort also offers a groomed cross-country and snowshoe park. Go to the website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
Beginner 12%   Intermediate 30%   Advanced 38%   Expert 20%   Cross Country

KIRKWOOD SNOW REPORT

Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, California 95646
(209) 258-6000

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


  • Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort is situated in North Lake Tahoe off Highway 80 in Soda Springs, west of Sugar Bowl and Rainbow Lodge. This is Tahoe's largest cross-country skiing resort with over 9,000 acres of snow skiing terrain, which includes 330km of groomed tracks for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort offers two overnight lodges and multiple warming huts & trailside cafés. Ski lessons, waxing, ski rental and shuttles back from one-way treks are just a few of the amenities available at Royal Gorge Resort.
    Website  |   Snow Cam
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge is found off Interstate 80 west of Highway 89 and Truckee. Situated across Old Highway 40 from Royal Gorge, Clair Tappaan offers a dorm-style lodge with 13km of mostly intermediate cross-country skiing trails. Breakfast and dinner is prepared by the staff. Clair Tappaan Lodge also makes a great starting point for multi-day excursions to four backcountry huts that are managed by the Sierra Club.
    Website
  • Donner Memorial S.P. is situated off Interstate 80 on the east side of Donner Lake. Cross-country skiing trails head out from behind the museum along ridges and canyons to Donner Peak. Good for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
    Website
  • Tahoe XC Ski Area is located on the northwest side of Lake Tahoe along Highway 28, between Tahoe City and Carnelian Bay. This cross-country park offers 65km of groomed skiing trails catering to all skill levels. Dogs are allowed on some skiing trails on weekdays. Amenities include cross-country snowshoe or ski rental, ski lessons, two warming huts and a 'snowshoe only' trail.
    Website  |   Snow Cam
  • Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is found where Highway 89 meets the lake in Tahoe City. Situated on the Tahoe City Golf Course, this 4km cross-country park is great for beginners and those practicing their skating and striding. Amenities include cross-country ski rental, restaurant, bar and fire pit. There is also a small sled hill with sleds available.
    Website
  • North Tahoe Regional Park is found on the north side of Lake Tahoe off Highway 28 in Tahoe Vista. This regional park turned cross-country ski area in winter offers 11km of groomed skiing trails catering to all skill levels. There is also a groomed sledding hill. Dogs are allowed on the trails.
    Website
  • Sugar Pine Point S.P. is located on the west side of Lake Tahoe off Highway 89, between Tahoma and Meeks Bay. The state park offers 13km of groomed snowshoe and cross-country trails that follow the original path of the 1960 Winter Olympic cross-country events. Interpretive panels are situated along the skiing trails that document the Olympic and Nordic skiing history found at the park. Cross-country trails on the west side of Hwy 89 are groomed and head out into the wilderness. Cross-country trails on the east side of Hwy 89 are not groomed and parallel the lake shore. Heated restrooms are available at the campground.
    Website
  • Camp Richardson Resort is found along Highway 89 at the southwestern shore of Lake Tahoe. This place has everything including accommodations, an award-winning restaurant, general store, cross-country trails and more. Sleigh rides depart daily from their stables. Snowshoe and cross-country ski rental are available. Summer bike trails that follow the shore of Lake Tahoe are transformed into groomed cross-country trails in the winter offering 10km of the best lake-level views of any cross-country resort in the region.
    Website
  • Spooner Lake Spooner Lake Cross-Country Ski Park is situated at the northeast portion of Lake Tahoe, off Highway 28 near the intersection of Highway 50. This cross-country park offers 80km of trails catering to all skill levels. Spooner Lake skiing trails offer some of the best views of Lake Tahoe from both the Flume and Tahoe Rim trails. Several backcountry cabins are available for overnight stays. Restrooms available.
    Website
  • Hope Valley is found 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe along Highway 89. Situated off Burnside Lake Road at the Highway 88 & 89 junction, Hope Valley Outdoors offers more than 60-miles of skiing trails in thousands of acres of terrain for cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Amenities include ski rental, ski lessons and guided tours. Dogs are allowed on skiing trails. This is a small operation that only accepts cash or check - no credit cards.
    Website
  • Cross-Country Ski Huts are available throughout the Sierra Nevada range. Most are hiking-in and require mountaineering experience. Have the surrounding hills to yourself. There are no lifts to carry you to the peaks - only your own stamina and determination. Many of these ski huts are run by the Sierra Club or park services.
    Website
  • Skiing Resorts offering Cross-Country parks in addition to downhill skiing include Squaw Valley, Northstar, Tahoe Donner, Diamond Peak and Granlibakken.

  • Tahoe snowmobiling - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center is located on the west side of Lake Tahoe off Highway 50. This is one of the largest snowmobile centers in the United States and offers two and three-hour snowmobile expeditions including full moon evening tours. Several packages are available including snowmobile, lodging and M.S. Dixie boat tour combinations. Free shuttle is available from most South Lake Tahoe resorts.
    Website
  • Coldstream Adventures is found north of Tahoe at the Donner Pass. They offer backcountry tours along private, groomed trails near Donner Lake.
    Website
  • Eagle Ridge Snowmobile, Inc. is found north of Lake Tahoe and Interstate 80, along Highway 89. They offer anything from 2-hour to 2-day Snowmobile excursions to places like Webber Lake, Treasure Mountain, Jones Valley and more.
    Website
  • Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours is located off Highway 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach. Situated at Brockway Summit, they offer over 100 miles of backcountry snowmobile tours including the peak of Mt. Watson with views of Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows skiing resorts. Three tours offered per day.
    Website
  • Full Throttle Tahoe is found off Highway 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach. Situated at Brockway Summit, they offer snowmobile rentals for use on self-guided North Tahoe trails or can be towed to your preferred location.
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  • Lake Tahoe Adventures is situated south of Lake Tahoe along Highway 89. snowmobile tours depart daily every hour. Tours follow groomed trails to the top of Hope Valley with views of hidden alpine lakes. Free shuttle is available from most South Lake Tahoe resorts.
    Website
  • Soda Springs is found off Interstate 80 west of Truckee. Soda Springs offers winter activities geared toward youngsters like mini-snowmobiles, tubing carousals, snow volcanoes and a tubing hill. Tube Town is an 8-lane tubing hill with 390 vertical feet. The mini-snowmobiles run on an oval track. Certain restrictions apply so view their website. Amenities include inner tubes, restrooms and food.
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  • Squaw Valley is situated off Highway 89 west of Tahoe City. Situated at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the SnoVentures Activity Zone offers winter activities geared toward little youngsters like mini-snowmobiles and a tubing hill. The mini-snowmobiles run on an oval track. Certain restrictions apply so view their website. Amenities include restrooms, light food and beverages.
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  • Squaw Valley Olympic Ice Rink Squaw Valley Olympic Ice Rink is by far, the most beautiful ice skating rink in Tahoe. Found near the top of the mountain in High Camp, the covered rink is accessed by gondola and offers views of the lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. It was used in the 1960 Olympics and features a Winter Olympics Museum. Ice skate rentals available.
    Website
  • Northstar Village Skating Rink The Village at Northstar is situated off Highway 267 between Truckee and Lake Tahoe. The Village at Northstar features a large ice skating rink nestled in a beautiful European-like village with shops, hotels and the Northstar Ski Resort. Immediately surrounding the rink are fire pits, lounge areas and kiosks serving warm coffee, hot cocoa, dessert crepes and more. Ice skate rentals available.
    Website
  • Heavenly Ski Resort is found along Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe near the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola. The Heavenly Village Ice Rink is a small ice skating rink nestled between shops at the base of Heavenly Ski Resort. Ice skate rentals available.
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  • Tahoe Ice Sports Center is situated in South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Arena is the only year-round ice skating rink in the region and offers public skating and scheduled ice sports events. Check their schedule to avoid hockey, figure skating, curling and private events. Skate school and private lessons are available.
    Website
  • Kirkwood is located south of Lake Tahoe off Highway 88. They offer a small outdoor skating rink at their main lodge. Ice skate rentals available.
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  • Truckee River Regional Park is found a short distance south of Downtown Truckee on Old Brockway Road. The park features a public ice skating rink with rentals, lessons, a snack bar, bonfire, night lights and music. Check their schedule to avoid hockey and broomball events. Ice skate rentals available.
    Website

  • Soda Springs is located off Interstate 80 west of Truckee. Soda Springs offers winter activities geared toward youngsters like mini-snowmobiles, tubing carousals, snow volcanoes and a tubing hill. Tube Town is an 8-lane tubing hill with 390 vertical feet. Tube Town is free with purchase of a lift ticket. Amenities include inner tubes, restrooms and food.
    Website
  • Boreal is found off Interstate 80 west of Truckee. Boreal features Playland Tubing, a multi-lane tubing park with a magic carpet lift to the top. Amenities include inner tubes, restrooms and food.
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  • Donner Ski Ranch is found off Interstate 80 west of Truckee. Situated across the road from Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ski Ranch is a small-scale Tahoe resort with a large tubing hill.
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  • Northstar is located off Highway 267 between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Northstar offers a tubing-only groomed hill at the top of the gondola. Riders zip down a 200-yard hill and are towed back up for each run. Prices are steep but amenities include an inner tube, restaurant, restrooms, lockers and more. Many restrictions apply so check ahead.
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  • Squaw Valley is found off Highway 89 west of Tahoe City. Situated at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the SnoVentures Activity Zone offers winter activities geared toward youngsters like mini-snowmobiles and a tubing hill. The tubing hill features a magic carpet lift to the top. Amenities include restrooms, light food and beverages.
    Website
  • Granlibakken is situated along Highway 89 in Tahoe City. They feature a lodge, beginner ski hill, cross-country trails and a sledding hill. Amenities include restrooms, saucer rental and food.
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  • North Tahoe Park is located in Tahoe Vista at the north side of Lake Tahoe. This regional park offers a groomed sledding hill and groomed backcountry trails in the winter. Amenities include restrooms and sled rentals. Minimal day-use fee.
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  • Heavenly Ski Resort is found off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They offer a five lane, 500-foot tubing hill at the top of the Gondola. With 65-feet of vertical drop, this is one of Tahoe's most thrilling tubing experiences. The tubing hill features a magic carpet lift to the top. Prices are steep but amenities include inner tubes, restrooms, food and lockers.
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  • Hansen's Resort is situated along Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, just west of Heavenly Ski Resort. Hansen's offers 6 rustic cabins and features two 400-foot tube runs for tubes and saucers. Amenities include inner tubes, restrooms and snacks.
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  • Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe is found south of Lake Tahoe off Highway 50 at Echo Summit. Enjoy sledding and tubing on 14 machine groomed runs. Amenities include a day lodge, restrooms, hot food & snacks and rentals. Forty acres of pristine forest are available for snowshoeing, snowball fights and snow angel & snowman making.
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Join Borge's horse-drawn sleigh ride through the hills and meadows surrounding Olympic Valley at the Squaw Valley Resort. Sleighs are pulled by Blonde Belgian Draft Horses complete with jingle bells. Seating for 4 comfortably.
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Wilderness Adventures - photo courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts
  • Wilderness Adventures offers one-hour dog sledding tours from Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe.
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  • Husky Express offers one-hour dog sledding tours through Hope Valley in South Lake Tahoe.
    (775) 782-3047

SnoParks are situated throughout the Sierras and offer opportunities for sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. They are state-run parks and most of these locations have no amenities other than being a great location for playing in the snow.
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  • The Weather Network has weather and snow conditions for Lake Tahoe.
  • Caltrans provides current road conditions for Lake Tahoe and all of California.
    (800) 427-7623
  • Snow Chains should be carried in your vehicle when traveling in the Sierras during winter, whether you need them or not.
  • Anticipate being stuck at a road closure - carry water, snacks, warm clothing and blankets to make it through a winter night in your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is not always a guarantee of passage.
  • Drive safe and slow to your comfort level in snow conditions. Don't let other drivers dictate your speed.

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June Mountain Ski Resort

June Mountain Ski Resort

June Mountain Ski Resort is found off Interstate 395 along Highway 158 in the central Sierra Nevada. This is a moderate-size Alpine skiing resort with 35 runs accessed by 6 lifts. Just another 30 minutes north of Mammoth Mountain Resort, June is a less crowded snow skiing and snowboarding alternative. Ski rental and ski lessons are available. Go to the website for winter vacation packages and ski slope status.
Beginner 35%   Intermediate 45%   Advanced 20%

NOTE: Check out our Cool Towns page for more on June.

JUNE MOUNTAIN SNOW REPORT

June Mountain Ski Resort
Highway 158
June Lake, California 93529
(888) 586-3686

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An ice skating rink is available at the Double Eagle Resort just a short distance west of the ski resort. They offer a small iced-over pond reminiscent of something you would see in a Charlie Brown cartoon. It's nestled among pine trees and would be great for kids since speed skaters would not be present. Skate rentals are available.
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Mammoth Ski Resort

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is found off Interstate 395 along Highway 203 in the central Sierra Nevada. This is one of the largest ski resorts in California with 150 runs accessed by 28 lifts. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Mammoth Lakes is a large mountain community offering many options for accommodations, shopping, dining and entertainment. In addition to Alpine skiing and snowboarding, other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. Refer to their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
Beginner 30%   Intermediate 30%   Advanced 40%    Cross Country

NOTE: Check out our Mammoth page that is dedicated to the multitude of activities Mammoth Mountain has to offer.

TIP: Mammoth Mountain is very popular with L.A. skiers and can be one of the most crowded Alpine skiing resorts in California - especially on weekends and holidays. An alternative with less crowds is June Mountain Resort just another 30 minutes north on Interstate 395.

MAMMOTH SNOW REPORT

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(800) 626-6684

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  • Tamarack Lodge offers one of the best cross-country skiing trails in the region. Slip your skis into groomed trails and tracks and follow the road that encompasses Lake Mary and several other lakes. Cross-country ski lessons, ski rental, food and lodging are all available at Tamarack Lodge.
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  • Rockcreek Lodge is situated south of Mammoth near Tom's Place. It is only accessible by snowmobile and offers a more serene cross-country skiing experience away from the hubbub of Mammoth Lakes. Rustic and semi-rustic cabins are encompassed by groomed cross-country trails and untamed wilderness. All meals are provided as well as ski rental ranging from snowshoes to telemark skis.
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  • Mammoth Region offers multiple choices for Sierra cross-country skiing on many of the roads branching off Interstate 395. Popular cross-country ski turnoffs include Deadman Peak and Mammoth Scenic Loop Roads to the north and Rock Creek Fish Hatchery Road to the south.

Snowmobiler north of Mammoth

Wilderness trails are located throughout the Mammoth region. Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures start from the Main Lodge at the top of Minaret Summit Road and venture groomed trails to Lookout Mountain, Inyo Craters and more. Or cruise open meadows and trails through the forest with DJ's Snowmobiles just north of Mammoth off Interstate 395.


Head through the forests and open meadows of the Mammoth region behind a pack of sled dogs. Sit in the comfort of your sled basket as your musher guides a team of dogs along snow covered trails. There are two dog sled services to choose from in Mammoth; Mammoth Dog Teams at (760) 914-1019 and Mammoth Dog Sled Adventures at (760) 934-6270.


A covered ice skating rink is found in the town of Mammoth Lakes. You can find the skating rink on Forest Trail Road along Highway 203. It's adjacent to the Community Center and Library.
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  • The Weather Network has weather and snow conditions for Mammoth Mountain.
  • Caltrans provides current road conditions for Mammoth Lakes and all of California.
    (800) 427-7623
  • Snow Chains should be carried in your vehicle when traveling in the Sierras during winter, whether you need them or not.
  • Anticipate being stuck at a road closure - carry water, snacks, warm clothing and blankets to make it through a winter night in your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is not always a guarantee of passage.
  • Drive safe and slow to your comfort level in snow conditions. Don't let other drivers dictate your speed.

Western Sierra Winter Resorts

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area, formerly Badger Pass, is situated in Yosemite National Park off Highway 41 on the road to Glacier Point. This ski area has 10 runs accessed by 5 lifts. Snowboarders and skiers can test their skills on a terrain park and families can enjoy a snow tubing area. Sign up for their ski school to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Go to the website for ski slope status.
Beginner 35%   Intermediate 50%   Advanced 15%    Cross Country

TIP: While visiting Yosemite in the winter, don't miss ice skating in the outdoor skating rink in Half Dome Village. It's been ranked as one the most beautiful skating rinks in the country by several travel sources.

YOSEMITE SNOW REPORT

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area
Glacier Point Road
Yosemite National Park
(209) 372-8430

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Bear Valley Mountain Resort is located along Highway 4, east of Angels Camp in Gold Country. This is a moderate-size Alpine skiing resort with 75 runs accessed by 9 lifts. Snowboarders and skiers can push their limits at 3 terrain parks and a snow cross course. Ski lessons offer the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Check their website for winter vacation packages and ski slope conditions.
Beginner 25%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 35%    Cross Country

BEAR VALLEY SNOW REPORT

Bear Valley Ski Resort
3 Bear Valley Road
Bear Valley, California 95223
(209) 753-2301

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China Peak Mountain Resort is found off Highway 168, east of Fresno near Huntington Lake. This is a moderate-size Alpine skiing resort with 40+ runs accessed by 7 lifts. Snowboarders and skiers can hone their skills at 4 different terrain parks. Sign up for ski school to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Check their website for ski slope status.

CHINA PEAK SNOW REPORT

China Peak Ski Resort
59265 Highway 168
Lakeshore, CA 93634
(559) 233-2500

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Dodge Ridge Ski Resort is situated along Highway 108, east of Sonora in Gold Country. This is a moderate-size Alpine skiing resort with 67 runs accessed by 12 lifts. Snowboarders and skiers can test their skills at three different terrain parks. Ski lessons are available to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Check their website for ski slope conditions.
Beginner 20%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 40%

TIP: Long Barn Lodge is found just down the road from Dodge Ridge and offers ice skating in a large outdoor ice-skating rink.

DODGE RIDGE SNOW REPORT

Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
1 Dodge Ridge Road
Pinecrest, California 95364
(209) 965-3474

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Alta Sierra is found off Highway 155 near Highway 178, east of Bakersfield in Sequoia National Forest. This is a small-scale ski area with 8 runs accessed by 2 lifts. Snowboarders and skiers can push their limits on a terrain park and families can enjoy a snow tubing area. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Go to the website for ski slope status.
Beginner 20%   Intermediate 50%   Advanced 30%

Alta Sierra Ski Resort
56700 Rancheria Road
Wofford Heights, California 93285
(760) 376-4186

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Pear Lake Ski Hut is located at the eastern end of Generals Highway along Highway 198 in Sequoia National Park. This is the way it was done before lifts and groomed trails. Snowshoe hike 6-miles to the hut at 9,200 feet (2804 meters) where 10 bunk beds and a pellet stove await. Spend the days cross-country skiing or Alpine skiing & snowboarding in untouched powder snow. Reservations are made by lottery or non-requested dates.
Advanced 100%    Cross Country

TIP: This is for the advanced skiers and snowboarders only. It is not uncommon for reserved parties to not even be able to make the hike to the hut due to weather conditions. Avalanche and survival gear must be with you at all times.

Pear Lake Ski Hut
End of General's Highway 198 at Lodgepole Road
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(559) 565-3759

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  • Kirkwood offers 80-kilometers of groomed trails. Cross-country ski lessons and rentals are available.
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  • Snowshoeing Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area, formerly Badger Pass, offers 25-miles of groomed downhill trails and over 90-miles of marked cross-country trails. Access Glacier Point Ski Hut along a 10.5-mile groomed cross-country trail. Lessons and ski rental are available. Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area is situated off Glacier Point Road from Highway 41.
    Website  |   Winter Trail Maps
  • Crane Flat offers nearly 20 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails through pristine forest including a couple Giant Sequoia groves. Crane Flat is found at the northern entrance to Yosemite off Highway 120.
    Website  |   Winter Trail Maps
  • Mariposa Grove offers over 10 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails through Yosemite's most popular giant sequoia grove. Mariposa Grove is situated at the southern entrance to Yosemite along Highway 41.
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  • Ostrander Ski Hut is found 10-miles from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area in Yosemite National Park. Ostrander Ski Hut is an historic stone house that sleeps 25 and is available by lottery only through the Yosemite Association.
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  • Glacier Point Ski Hut is accessible via a 10.5-mile groomed cross-country skiing trail from the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Area in Yosemite National Park. Capture astounding views from Glacier Point with no crowds! Relax on one of several sofas surrounding a wood stove. Glacier Point Ski Hut includes a dining area, indoor restrooms and dormitory-style sleeping quarters.
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  • Bear Valley Mountain Resort offers 3000-acres of groomed cross-country skiing trails. Cross-country lessons and ski rental are available.
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  • General Sherman photo courtesy of the National Park Service Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park offers cross-country skiing on snowed-in roads and trails. Cross-country ski rental are available at Wuksachi Lodge and Grant Grove Market. Join ranger-led snowshoe treks from Wuksachi Lodge and Grant Grove on weekends.
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  • Downieville Outfitters offers backcountry tours to the rugged Sierra Buttes. Skis and equipment provided if necessary. Intermediate to expert skiing ability is required.
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  • Yosemite has an outdoor ice skating rink found in Half Dome Village, formerly Curry Village. Enjoy views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley as you glide across the ice. The Half Dome Village Skating Rink has been rated one of the top ice skating experiences in the nation. An on-site store offers hot drinks and snacks, which can be enjoyed around an adjacent fire ring. Skate rentals available.
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  • Tenaya Lodge is situated south of Yosemite off Highway 41. They offer an 80x40-foot outdoor ice skating rink that's nestled in the pine trees. Skate rentals available.
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  • Long Barn Lodge is located east of Sonora, Jamestown and Angels Camp along Highway 108. Situated down the hill from Dodge Ridge Ski Area, Long Barn Lodge offers an outdoor ice skating rink that's nestled in the pine trees. Skate rentals, lessons and private parties available.
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SnoParks are found throughout the Sierras and offer opportunities for sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. They are state-run parks and most of these locations have no amenities other than being a great location for playing in the snow.
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Sierra Nevada Weather

Weather from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Mountain including June Lake, Kirkwood, Bear Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia NP and more.

  • Caltrans offers current road conditions for all of California.
    (800) 427-7623

  • Snow Chains should be carried in your vehicle when traveling in the Sierras during winter, whether you need them or not.

  • Anticipate being stuck at a road closure - carry water, snacks, warm clothing and blankets to make it through a winter night in your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is not always a guarantee of passage.

  • Drive safe and slow to your comfort level in snow conditions. Don't let other drivers dictate your speed.

The Weather Network

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