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California Skiing

People who are not residents of California, don't always thinking of skiing when they think of the state. However California is home to a number of excellent ski resorts, and in fact even hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.

Ski areas and resorts in California include: Warming Hut at Mount Waterman, Southern California
  • Alpine Meadows - near Lake Tahoe
  • Alta Sierra at Shirley Meadows - in Southern California
  • Badger Pass - in the Southern Sierra Nevadas, in Yosemite National Park
  • Bear Mountain - in Southern California
  • Bear Valley - between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park
  • Boreal Ridge - near Lake Tahoe
  • Buckhorn Ski and Snowboard Club - 40 miles (64 kilometers) North of Los Angeles
  • Diamond Peak - near Lake Tahoe
  • Dodge Ridge - near June Lake
  • Donner Ski Ranch - near Lake Tahoe
  • Granlibakken - near Lake Tahoe
  • Heavenly Ski Resort - near Lake Tahoe
  • Homewood Ski Resort - near Lake Tahoe
  • June Mountain - in the Southern Sierra Nevadas
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort - in Kirkwood, near Lake Tahoe
  • Kratka Ridge - in Southern California
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area - at at Mammoth Lakes in Southern Sierra Nevadas
  • Mount Baldy Ski Lifts - 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Los Angeles
  • Mount Shasta Ski Park - Just East of Interstate 5 between Mount Shasta and McCloud
  • Mount Waterman - in Southern California
  • Mountain High - in Southern California
  • Northstar at Tahoe - near Lake Tahoe
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe - in Twin Bridges, near Lake Tahoe
  • Sierra Summit - in the Southern Sierra Nevadas
  • Snow Summit - in Southern California
  • Snow Valley - in Running Springs in Southern California
  • Squaw Valley Ski Resort
  • Sugar Bowl - in Norden, near Lake Tahoe
  • Soda Springs - near Lake Tahoe
  • Tahoe Donner - near Lake Tahoe
  • Trinity Mountain Resort - in Southern California
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Books About California Skiing

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50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney

By Paul Richins Jr.

Brand: Mountaineers Books
Released: 1999-11-30
Paperback (240 pages)

50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California: Mount Shasta to Mount Whitney
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* Covers backcountry routes from California's Cascade Range to the Sierra Nevada

* The most complete backcountry ski and snowboard information available in California guidebook

* Paul Richins, Jr., is an expert ski mountaineer with extensive experience

50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California offers some of the finest ski and snowboard routes in California, ranging over a 550-mile span from the Cascade Range in the north, to Mount Whitney, to the Sierra Nevada in the south. Grouped into nine geographical regions, these summits represent the best of the best from well-known destinations to more remote areas to a sampling of the highest peaks. Historical anecdotes about each region round out the guidebook.

Tours range from a half day to seven days, and while all can be completed on either snowboard or skis, the author makes specific recommendations for the best snowboard descents. Each trip description includes a complete narrative of the ascent and descent plus information on trip highlights, trip duration, level of difficulty, mileage, elevation gain, and access. The appendix includes a list of California's highest peaks.

Lost Ski Areas of Southern California

By Ingrid P. Wicken

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2012-10-09
Paperback (128 pages)

Lost Ski Areas of Southern California
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The snow-laden slopes of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains have beckoned Southland skiers since the 1930s. Many once-cherished ski areas have disappeared, yet their history remains. A short drive from the sun and sand, places like Rebel Ridge and Kratka Ridge offered snowy escapes. Thrilling races were held at the First International Pine Needle Ski Tournament in North Hollywood, while the San Diego Ski Club boasted Dorothy McClung Wullich, the first female member of the National Ski Patrol. Ingrid Wicken, ski historian and founder of the California Ski Library, chronicles Southern California's lost mountain getaways and the vanished ski areas that introduced everything from rope tows to artificial snow.

Ski & Snowboard California's Sierra Nevada (Ski and Snowboard America Series)

By Martha Perantoni

Brand: Falcon
Paperback (400 pages)

Ski & Snowboard California s Sierra Nevada (Ski and Snowboard America Series)
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This complete guide to California's Sierra Nevada explores in depth 40
alpine resorts, snowboarding parks, Nordic touring centers, and other backcountry winter sports destinations. It features comprehensive trail descriptions; sweeping snowboard park and halfpipe roundups; extensive lodging, dining, and travel tips; and information (including trail and location maps) for each resort and ski area.

With a healthy dose of local color, and a rich graphical presentation that
inspires as well as informs, no other resource on the market gives travelers
such a complete look at California's winter sports possibilities.

Coverage includes Northern California, Lake Tahoe, Central Sierra East Side,
Central Sierra West Side, and Southern California.

Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra (Backcountry Skiing Series)

By John Moynier

One Color Paperback (224 pages)

Backcountry Skiing California s High Sierra (Backcountry Skiing Series)
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Detailed descriptions of 60 of the best ski and snowboard descents in California's High Sierra.

Ski Tours in Southern California

By Daniel E. Anderson

D.E. Anderson
Paperback (211 pages)

Ski Tours in Southern California
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Cross Country Ski Trips in Southern California has 68 of the best ski tours in the mountains of Southern California, from Mt. Pinos, San Gabriels, San Bernardinos (including Big Bear, and San Gorgonio), San Jacintos, and the San Diego backcountry.

Each tour is illustrated with a map, and has a trip summary (with mileage and elevation information), directions to the trailhead, and trip description and directions. 211 pages, 5.5 x 8.5', trade paperback, index, maps, and photographs.

Ski Tales: The History of China Peak and Sierra Summit

By James A Benelli

Brand: Linden Publishing
Paperback (166 pages)

Ski Tales: The History of China Peak and Sierra Summit
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Written by an old timer who has been schussing the nooks and the crannies, the steeps and the deeps, for 50 years, ""Ski Tales: The History of China Peak and Sierra Summit ""reveals the unique, dramatic, and often humorous history of Central California's premiere ski location, Sierra Summit, from its beginning as China Peak to the present day. Taking an affectionate, but realistic, view of the ski resort that has been the center of his life for so many years, Benelli tells the true history of Sierra Summit, its successes and shortcomings, and the interesting folks who nurtured the resort to what it is today. Along the way, ""Ski Tales ""provides a fascinating first-hand look at how the sport of skiing has developed in the last 50 years, as new ski technology, business pressures, and a changing society transformed a once rustic mom-and-pop ski resort to an international sports destination. Illustrated with dozens of vintage and new photos of colorful personalities and breathtaking snowscapes, ""Ski Tales""will take you on a nostalgic journey through decades of perfect snow, sunny days, fun, and friendship.

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: California

By Jeremy Benson

Mountaineers Books
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Paperback (256 pages)

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: California
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After some dreadful years for Sierra skiers, the snow is back and the pent-up demand to ride it is satisfied by this book!
From Bishop to Tahoe to Shasta, and multiple slopes in between, California has a big ski and snowboard culture and this backcountry guide describes 97 of the state’s best routes. Part of our critically-acclaimed series, Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: California is written by Tahoe-based professional skier, Jeremy Benson, and covers the best of the state, featuring advanced backcountry descents with serious verticals. The northern region of the book focuses on Mount Shasta and Tahoe, while the central region includes Mammoth, Bishop, and Sierra Club hut trips, and to the south, 14ers Mount Whitney and Mount Langley and more.

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