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Cross-Country Skiing in Northern California

California Sno-Parks
California Sno-ParksThe California Department of Parks and Recreation operates 19 Sno- Park sites (located between Yuba Pass and Fresno) that provide access to snow play areas, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails. The parks include snow-cleared parking lots and sanitation facilities. You'll find all 19 locations on this Sno-Parks Site Map and you can obtain a printable brochure here. See the Sno-Parks website or call
the Sno-Parks hotline at (916) 324-1222 for more information.

Northern California Cross-Country Skiing and Ski Trails

Badger Pass Ski Area - Mariposa, CA, Yosemite National Park

Bear Valley Cross-Country Ski Area - Bear Valley, CA

Dodge Ridge - Pinecrest, CA

Lake Tahoe Cross-Country - See our Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts page

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort - Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mt. Shasta Nordic - Mt. Shasta City, CA

Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl - Plumas Eureka State Park, CA
About 60 miles northeast of Truckee

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Cross-Country Skiing 

Sierra Summit Mountain Ski Resort - Lakeshore, CA

Ski Resorts and Terrain Parks in Northern California

Badger Pass Ski Area   
Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA

Badger Pass is actually located inside Yosemite National Park (southwest quadrant), 6 miles east of Highway 41 on Glacier Point Road.  Yosemite West is the nearest community.  Badger Pass is considered by many to be the best cross-country skiing in the entire US.  There are 80+ miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails, from which you can see many of the popular tourist sites in Yosemite.

Badger is also one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard, as 85% of their slopes are devoted to beginners or intermediates.  In addition to both downhill and cross-country skiing, Badger has facilities for snow tubing, snowboarding and an ice skating rink. 
 
 Nearest City:  Yosemite West
 Skiable Area:  90 acres
 Season:  mid Nov to
 late March
 Base Elevation:  7,200 ft
 Summit Elevation:  8,000 ft
 Vertical Drop:  800 ft
 Ski Runs:  10
 Lifts:  5 chair lifts
 1 surface lift
 Terrain Park:   Yes 
 Other: -Cross-country
-Snowboarding
-Snow Tubing
-Ice Rink



Cross-Country Skiing at Badger Pass  

You can call the National Park Service information line at 209-372-0200 for the latest road and weather updates.  Beware... There are no gas stations in Yosemite Valley.  There is a free shuttle service between Yosemite Valley and the Badger Pass Ski Area.


Also, we hear that some of the online maps may NOT be accurate -- and may send you on bumpy 4-wheel-drive-only roads.  It's recommended that you confirm any GPS instructions with
a good Yosemite area map, and follow the posted road signs.
  For additional details about the ski area, see the official Badger Pass website. (Find Badger
cross-country info here.)

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Bear Valley Village and Ski Resort
1 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley, CA
Located on Highway 4 between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, Bear Valley
 is one of northern California's smaller resorts, but definitely has much to offer.  Especially attractive are the friendly atmosphere, smaller crowds and great discounted packages during the weekdays.

 
 Nearest City:  Arnold 
 Skiable Area:  1,280 acres
 Season:  mid Nov to 
 mid April
 Annual Snowfall:  360 in
 Base Elevation:  6,600 ft
 Summit Elevation:  8,500 ft
 Vertical Drop: 1,900 ft
 Ski Runs:  68
 Difficulty:  30% Beginner
 40% Intermed
 30% Expert
 Lifts:  9 chair lifts
 1 surface lift
 Terrain Park:   -Yes 
 -Kid's Park
 Other: -Cross-country 
-Snowboarding
-Less Crowded




 Bear Valley downhill skiing
On some of their runs, you can ski right into the village.  Bear Valley also features both a terrain park and a kid's terrain park for snowboarders.  For specific details see the official Bear Valley website. (Find Bear Valley cross-country info here.)

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Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and Snowboard Area
1 Dodge Ridge Rd, Pinecrest, CA
Dodge Ridge is a family-owned resort located just north of Yosemite National Park. The new 6,000 square foot lodge is just one of the many reasons this is a skiers favorite.

 
 Nearest City:  Sonora
 Skiable Area:  815 acres
 Season:  Dec to April
 Annual Snowfall:  400 in
 Base Elevation:  6,600 ft
 Summit Elevation:  8,200 ft
 Vertical Drop:  1,600 ft
 Difficulty:  30% Beginner
 45% Intermed
 25% Expert
 Ski Runs:  59
 Lifts:  1 HS quad
 2 triples
 5 doubles
 2 surface
 Longest Run:  2 miles
 Terrain Park:   -5 Freestyle Parks
 -Half pipe
 Other: -Cross-country
-Snowboarding
-Large family
 resort


 Dodge Ridge Ski Lessons

Dodge Ridge tends to be aimed at beginner and intermediate skiers, with 60% of their runs in these categories. The backside of the mountain is more geared to the advanced skier. There are over 60 trails, with the longest run about 2 miles long.  There are 8 lifts and 5 Terrain Parks located throughout the mountain.  For specific details see the official Dodge Ridge website.

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June Mountain Ski Resort 
June Lake Loop, June Mountain, CA (off Highway 158)
Located 20 miles north of Mammoth Lakes and the larger Mammoth Mountain Resort, June Mountain tends to attract a somewhat younger crowd due to their less expensive tickets and their large variety of terrain parks, including a
super pipe for intermediate and advanced extreme riders.

 

 Nearest City:

 Mammoth
 Village

 Skiable Area:  500 acres
 Season:  Dec to April
 Annual Snowfall:  250 in
 Base Elevation:  7,545 ft
 Summit Elevation:  10,090 ft
 Vertical Drop:  2,590 ft
 Ski Runs:  35

 Difficulty:

 20% Beginner
 45% Intermed
 35% Expert

 Lifts:  1 tram
 7 chair lifts
 Terrain Park:   -Many
 -Half Pipe
 Other:  -Snowboarding
 -Super Pipe
 -Kids Free
 June Mountain
This friendly resorts encourages families by allowing children 10-and-under to ski free.  It also tend to be less crowded than some of the more well-known resorts. For specific details see the official June Mountain website.

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Lake Tahoe
See our Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Page

Lake Tahoe Lift Ticket Deals and Ski and Snowboard Delivery

Mammoth Mountain 
Mammoth Lakes, CA (off Highway 203)
Mammoth Mountain (Mammoth Village) is located off State Route 203. It is about 3 hours south of Lake Tahoe and 5 hours north of Los Angeles and Orange County. This huge mountain offers some of the most open skiing in California and is especially popular with southern California skiers. Over the last few years, facilities have been revitalized, creating increased interest in this area. 
 
 Nearest City:  Mammoth
 Village 
 Skiable Area:  3,500 acres
 Season:  mid Nov to
 April
 Base Elevation:  7,593 ft
 Summit Elevation:  11,053 ft
 Vertical Drop:  3,100 ft
 Ski Runs:  145
 Difficulty:  25% Beginner
 45% Intermed
 35% Expert
 Lifts:  9 hi-speed quads
 2 gondolas
 14 chairs
 4 surface
 Longest Run:  2.25 mi
 Terrain Park:   -Yes
 -Half Pipe
 Other: -Cross-country 
-Snowmobiling
-Children Free
-Family Fun Zone
 Mammoth Village, Mammoth Mountain, CA
Due to it's altitude, you'll find deep, Rockies quality snow that stays fresh for days after a storm. Mammoth is an excellent spot for intermediate downhill skiers as well as cross-country skiers. While it's busy on holidays and weekends, the atmosphere is friendly and family-oriented. They also have snowmobiling and a big terrain park. For specific resort details see the official Mammoth Mountain website. (Find Mammoth cross-country info here.)

It's especially fun to stay at the picturesque Village at Mammoth (see picture above). There's a gondola that takes you directly to the slopes and plenty of great restaurants and shops.

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Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Sky Park Highway, CA (off Hwy 89)
This ski park is located about 50 miles south of the Oregon border (between Mt. Shasta and McCloud) off Highway 89. Mt. Shasta Ski Park
is small enough that it's easy for a family to stay together or meet for lunch.  Over 50% of the runs are for intermediate skiers. 
 
 Nearest City:  Mt. Shasta
 Skiable Area:  425 acres
 Season:  Dec to
 April
 Base Elevation:  5,460 ft
 Summit Elevation:  6,850 ft
 Vertical Drop:  1,390 ft
 Ski Runs:  31
 Difficulty:  20% Beginner
 55% Intermed
 25% Advanced
 Lifts:   3 triple chairs
  1  surface lift
 Longest Run:  1.75 mi
 Terrain Park:   -Beginner Park
 -Intermediate Park
 -Half Pipe
 Other:  -Cross-country 
 -Night Skiing
 Mt. Shasta
Mt. Shasta Ski Park also has two terrain parks (beginner and intermediate), as well as cross-country skiing. One unusual feature here is night skiing, which can be lots of fun.
For specific details see the official Mt. Shasta Ski Park website. (Find Mt. Shasta cross-country info here.)

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Sierra Summit Mountain Ski Resort 
Lakeshore, CA (off Highway 168)
Located 65 miles northeast of Fresno in the Sierra National Forest (about halfway between Yosemite and Kings Canyon), Sierra Summit is popular with skiers living in the southern part of central California.  It's a smaller resort, making it easy to get around -- and very family-oriented.  The area is great for intermediate skiers (55% of runs are intermediate), as well as snowboarders, with three terrain parks and a half pipe.
  An added bonus is that Sierra Summit is not usually too crowded. For more specific details see the official Sierra Summit Mountain Ski Resort website.

 
 Nearest City:  Fresno
 Skiable Area:  240 acres
 Season:  Dec to April
 Annual Snowfall:  130
 Base Elevation:  7,030 ft
 Summit Elevation:  8,709 ft
 Vertical Drop:  1,600 ft
 Ski Runs:  40
 Difficulty:  20% Beginner
 55% Intermed
 25% Expert
 Lifts:  6 chair lifts
 2 surface lifts
 Longest Run:  2.25 miles
 Terrain Park:   -3 Freestyle Parks
 -Half pipe
 Other:  -Snowboarding
 -Family Fun Zone
 -Smaller Resort
 -Less Crowded

 Lakeshore Resort at Sierra Summit

If you stay at the Lakeshore Resort (see picture), you can "ski in" and "ski out."  Built in 1922 and surrounded by old-growth forests, Lakeshore Resort has a rustic, all wood lodge and 27 modern cabins. There's also a general store, a saloon (with a big screen TV and a pot-bellied stove), a restaurant and lodge hall. Lakeshore Resort provides the quintessential "old fashioned" ski experience.

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