California and it's neighbouring state of Nevada host many of America's top twenty ski resorts. Most are highly rated for challenge, terrain and grooming. With dozens of ski resort locations, average annual snowfalls of more than 9 metres, and varied mountain accommodation all over the state, you can easily find a resort to meet your needs.
Most California ski resort locations are easily accessible from anywhere in the state. From Los Angeles, resorts in the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains are the closest ski resort areas. From San Francisco, you can drive to either North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe. Mammoth Mountain, located on the east side of the Sierras, is a long drive from either city and best reached by air.
The larger Californian resorts have snow making equipment and the season generally lasts from November through to March, although in exceptional seasons it has been possible to ski until June.
Whether you're into skiing or boarding, Colorado is a Rocky Mountain paradise, with moguls and bowls, gladed trails and big air. The state is known throughout the world for its legendary powder, record snowfalls and 300 days of annual sunshine. And while Colorado has the highest skiable peaks in the United States, it also offers the most skiable terrain in North America, with nearly 39,000 acres. From rich luxury to rustic charm, you'll find 26 ski areas each providing their own unique holiday experience, whether you're a beginner, an expert or just looking for a great family holiday.
Washington State’s skiing is mainly located in the Cascade Mountains in the area between Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. The Seattle area gets lots of rain, but in winter to the west of the Cascade Mountains this rainfall translates to anything up to 500 inches of snow! In the areas to the east of the Cascades there is less rain and the ski conditions tend to be a lot drier, which means powder!
Washington is home to some of the world's greatest skiing and snowboarding destinations. The state enjoys reliable heavy mountain snowfall during winter months. The Mount Baker Ski Area boasts the world record snowfall during a single season - almost 95 feet! The Cascade Mountains have long been the main draw for skiers and snowboarders, but some of the largest ski areas are found north of Spokane. The Cascade Mountains and the northern forests around Kettle Falls offer superb cross country skiing and snowshoeing.