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!
Visit California invites you to come catch California’s Winter Wave. The Golden State may be known for its sunny beaches, but its ski resorts provide plenty of dazzle too. Come experience a surf-meets-ski culture you won’t find anywhere else. It’s everything from building a surfer snowman, to bluebird powder days, to the way we après.