As mountain resorts gear up for ski season this winter, California natives rush to find the best snow in the state. Whether skiing, snowboarding, ice skating or leisurely and luxuriously après skiing, these four mountain resorts offer thrilling activities for all generations of the family.
Gather the family, pack up the car and hit the road toward one of California’s top ski resorts in the state. For many Southern California residents, Mammoth Mountain claims some of the best skiing in proximity to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. The popular ski resort offers over 3,500 acres of terrain, long seasons and an amenity-rich central village for relaxing and enjoying a delicious meal after a long day on the slopes. Other local activities include ice skating, bowling, snow tubing, scenic gondola rides, snowmobile excursions and more.
Situated between one of Tahoe’s stunning alpine lakes and upscale mountain town rests Northstar California Resort. Surrounded by 5-star lodging and dining, distinct mountain terrain and immaculate upkeep, the resort reaches well above 8,000 feet and presents visitors with superb grooming and versatile trail runs. Personalized ski and snowboard lessons as well as group sessions are available for all levels and ages, including adults. During a mid-afternoon recovery break, sip some bubbly at Tost, the resort’s elevated, ski-up champagne bar boasting awe-inspiring views and an unforgettable après ski experience. Or, after a long day on the mountain, take the kids for complimentary s’mores in alpine village while sipping on a warm Dirty Snowman (adult hot chocolate).
For a quick and simple weekend getaway, Big Bear Mountain is the perfect spot for spending the day on the slopes and the evenings gathering at the local eateries and bars. Lift tickets are offered at a mid-range price point so treating the entire family to a ski day is economically feasible.
Located on the California-Nevada border, Heavenly Mountain Resort presents visitors with the largest amount of skiable acres and the highest elevation in all of Lake Tahoe. With historically frequent bluebird days and over 300 inches of annual snowfall, it’s no wonder the mountain has been deemed one of the world’s top scenic ski resorts. Conveniently provided for any age group is Heavenly’s ski school, available via private or group lessons catered to your liking. Finally, after an undeniably angelic day on the mountain, kick back and enjoy the après ski scene atop California Lodge’s rooftop at Latitude 38.