China Peak Ski Resort
Located in the Sierra National Forest on the shores of Huntington Lake, China Peak is a favorite wilderness playground for much of central California. China Peak is a great mid-sized ski resort and provides the best skiing in California south of Mammoth Mountain. It has an almost 1,700-foot vertical drop, gets plenty of snow and offers terrain suited to all ability levels of both skiers and riders, including three terrain parks and a halfpipe. Six chairlifts and three surface lifts service over 430 acres, and 40 plus trails including three freestyle parks. On-site facilities include Snowsports School, Rental and Sport Shop, hotel and RV hookups. China Peak was formerly called Sierra Summit. (559) 233-3330
Badger Pass Ski Area
Unpretentious, friendly and affordable, Badger Pass offers a uniquely stress-free atmosphere. Located in Yosemite National Park, Badger Pass featuring one of the best sundecks in the Sierra, guests can watch children learn to ski while enjoying the California sunshine. Open mid-December through mid-March, weather permitting. A free shuttle offers daily transportation to Badger Pass from Yosemite Valley to make it easier to get to the slopes. Yosemite National Park (209) 372-1240
Cross Country Skiing
Information regarding marked cross-country trails and snowmobiling in the Sierra National Forest is available by calling (559) 297-0706. Rent skis, poles or snowshoes in the Grant Grove Market, (559) 335-5500, for a half or full day. Park Rangers may also offer snowshoe nature walks, naturalist and evening programs during this time. Montecito Sequoia XC Ski and Winter Sports Center, (559) 565-3388, offers 85 kilometers of groomed trails; rentals and lessons for all levels are offered daily.
Wolverton Recreation Area in the uncrowded beauty of Sequoia National Park offers cross-country skiing, snow play and sledding with nearby accommodations and dining at the Wuksachi Lodge. Call (888) 252-5757 for reservations, or (559) 565-4070 for questions, or sign up with the Yosemite Cross-Country Ski School and explore Yosemite’s wilderness starting with your first lesson. Enjoy 90 miles of marked trails and nearly 25 miles of groomed track originating at Badger Pass. For information, call (209) 372-8444.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Try an outdoor rink at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park, November - March (209) 372-8341
Sierra Winter Sports
Winter is a beautiful time to explore the Sierra National Forest. There are many forms of winter recreation. They include: snowmobiling, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, sledding, dog sledding, snow camping, all terrain vehicles and just playing in the snow. Enjoy your visit to this winter wonderland. Sierra National Forest (559) 297-0706
The California Department of Parks and Recreation operates 5 SNO-PARK sites within the Sierra National Forest that provide snow-cleared parking lots with sanitation facilities and access to snow play areas, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. These sites are Balsam Meadows, Tamarack, Coyote, Eastwood, and Huntington Lake. A SNO-PARK permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site from November 1 through May 30 of each year – check website for vendor information. Sierra National Forest (559) 297-0706