California is a diverse skiing paradise, offering a range of resorts catering to various skills. Mammoth Mountain, the state's largest ski area, boasts an extensive terrain with abundant snowfall and a long season. Lake Tahoe, straddling the California-Nevada border, features renowned resorts like Squaw Valley and Heavenly, offering not just exceptional skiing but also breathtaking lake views. Further south, Big Bear Lake provides a Southern California skiing haven with family-friendly slopes. California's ski destinations are known for their sunny days, diverse landscapes, and a unique blend of alpine adventure with the laid-back Californian lifestyle, making it a sought-after winter sports destination.

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When you ski Heavenly Mountain Resort, you’ll enjoy incredible lake views at almost every turn. Spanning the two states of Nevada and California, here you’ll find world-class skiing along with the best in entertainment and accommodation. While life’s a party at heavenly, there’s plenty for the whole family here, with a small but dedicated beginners area, incredible long groomed and perfectly gladed runs for intermediates as well as 1600ft plunges in the Mott and Killebrew Canyon for expert skiers.

Beginner 20%
Intermediate 45%
Advanced/Expert 35%
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At Kirkwood Mountain Resort it’s all about the skiing and powder. It receives on average 9m of snow each year! When it snows, Kirkwood can pile up snow totals that are so high they are almost unskiably deep. The resort's focus is the skiing, whether you’re looking for progression or steep and deep, Kirkwood has it all, particularly for advanced to expert riders. Unlike other resorts in Tahoe, Kirkwood is relatively under-developed. It has a very low key, friendly die hard skier vibe. Don’t expect too much pampering or glitz and glamour, expect amazing terrain.

Beginner 12%
Intermediate 30%
Advanced/Expert 58%
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If you’re looking for great skiing and a laidback après scene, Mammoth ski resort is the place to head. Situated in Eastern Sierra, this Californian resort delivers on bluebird days, with sunshine pretty much all year round. About 10 metres of snow falls here each year and that’s topped up by snowmaking across 33% of the runs. While the Village and base areas are spread out, there are plenty of shuttles and buses to get you around, ensuring you can take advantage of all the activities this stunning resort has to offer.

Beginner 25%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced/Expert 35%
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Northstar California Resort, on the edge of Lake Tahoe, is a vibrant European-style village filled with pedestrian only walkways leading to restaurants, bars, shops, a cinema and a massive ice-skating rink. Here you’ll find accommodation ranging from basic loft rooms to luxurious ski-in-ski-out condos. With its varied terrain, parks and pipes, the world’s only Burton Snowboard Academy and a 22ft Superpipe designed by two-time Olympian Shaun White, Northstar is both fun and challenging for the whole family.

Beginner 13%
Intermediate 60%
Advanced 27%
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Palisades Tahoe

Palisades (formerly known as Squaw Valley), Lake Tahoe, offers some of America’s most diverse skiing and boarding terrain, ranging from the gentle beginner’s slopes high up the mountain to KT-22, which is world famous for extreme skiing. While skiing is the focus here, Palisades’ quaint European style village also offers an exceptional après experience with atmospheric bars and restaurants, year round yoga overlooking the mountain, ice-skating, indoor climbing, shopping and more.

Beginner 15%
Intermediate 35%
Advanced 50%
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