Everything is brighter in California’s mountains, where in the wintertime the sun dazzles against white snowscapes and peeks through icicle-laden branches. The air is crisp and fine, the snow light and fluffy. Trails through snowy forests and along mountain ridges extend for miles, and iconic mountain lodges offer fireplaces to curl up with a warm drink. From the Sierra Nevadas to the Cascades to the San Bernardino Mountains, white wintry getaways in California are full of time-honored traditions for families across the globe.
Here are some of our all-time favorite snow-ventures to discover and places to explore in the California mountains this winter. Enjoy!