Winter may be far from your mind right now, but if you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, it’s never too early to start planning your next adventure. This year, head to the States for a ski holiday in California. Let’s take a look at California’s best slopes—as well as lodging and fun activities that will keep you entertained when you want some down time:
Located in the Sierra Nevada, Squaw Valley is the second largest ski area at Lake Tahoe. Its 170 runs are spread over six peaks, and its generally sunny and clear weather conditions are beloved by skiers and snowboarders. You can plan your stay at the luxurious Village at Squaw Valley, which offers outdoor hot tubs and balconies with stunning vistas to help you soak in the atmosphere; the Squaw Valley Lodge provides great lodging for families and friends, and the Shore House is perfect for a romantic getaway. There’s plenty of shopping and dining to be done on-site at Squaw Valley, too.
West of Mammoth Lakes, California lies Mammoth Mountain, which was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. It is the highest ski resort in the state of California, standing at an elevation of 11,053 feet (3,369 m). Stay at the charming Tamarack Lodge or Juniper Springs, or get a bunch of family and friends together to rent a condo at Conestoga. Remember to stock up on accessories at Avenue 32 for the warm gloves, hats, and scarves you’ll need during your trip.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Big Bear Mountain Resorts comprises two ski areas: Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The former is targeted toward snowboarders, while the latter is a more family-friendly resort. There are numerous lodging options, but check out the top-rated Pine Knot Guest Ranch, Mallard Bay Resort, or economical Cozy Hollow Lodge. Added bonus? Big Bear Lake’s location makes it easy to split your holiday between skiing and city sightseeing: it’s only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles or a two and a half hour drive from San Diego.
Last but certainly not least, Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe is California’s largest ski resort. Actually, Heavenly’s land area straddles two states, giving you the unique opportunity to ski in California and in Nevada in one short holiday. Stay close to gaming, nightlife, and the gondola at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or Forest Suites Resort. There are plenty of daytime activities and nightlife to keep you busy when you’re not on the slopes.