Catch the Winter Wave

Catch the Winter Wave

CALIFORNIA WINTER SURFARI

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California: Luxury

You know California’s mountains offer world-class skiing and boarding. But even if you’re not into bombing down the mountain on fiberglass, you can find plenty to do—...

California: Outdoor

Go ahead and gawk. With wraparound views of lakes, mountains, and winter wonderlands, the Golden State’s alpine resorts offer not just great places to ski and enjoy other...

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12 Don’t-Miss Snow Events

Plan your California ski trip around one of these events in the snow

Between the falling flakes and the après-ski party atmosphere, a vacation in the California snow is festive from the get-go....

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Play in the California Snow

California’s ski and snowboard culture takes its cues from the sunny beaches and skate parks—and vice versa

Surf in the morning, powder in the afternoon. In California, snow and sand are surprisingly interchangeable—perhaps because they both...

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Family Snow Adventures

From riding snowmachines to old-fashioned snowman-building, here’s where to find kid-friendly adventures off the slopes

Taking your family to the mountains this winter? Whether your crew is full of avid skiers or contented snowman-makers, the California snow offers...

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California Backcountry Snow Adventures

Try these creative winter adventure options away from the slopes

Snowboarding and skiing aren’t the only ways to play in California’s mountain wonderland, where sunny days and varied terrain make for a...

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There are tons of reasons why you might plan a winter trip to Big Bear. Here are some you might not have thought of

With plenty of groomed runs and terrain parks at Big Bear Lake’s two alpine resorts, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, it’s easy to see why skiers and boarders head here when the snow flies. But this...

Big Bear Lake in Winter
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Planning a California ski vacation? It’s not all about downhilling

You know California’s mountains offer world-class skiing and boarding. But even if you’re not into bombing down the mountain on fiberglass, you can find plenty to do—including lots of luxurious...

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Relax after a day on the slopes

Kicking back after you kick off your boots is a snow-country tradition, and there’s plenty of post-slopes fun at California’s top alpine resorts. Have a beer or warm up with an Irish coffee, dance...

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The California Questionnaire: Jeremy Jones

The professional snowboarder’s biggest conundrum is deciding which Sierra Nevada adventure to tackle next

As a pioneer of big mountain snowboarding, professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has climbed treacherous backcountry peaks all over the world just...

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family-friendly resorts, snowy escapes

High Sierra peaks, deep drifts on a Mammoth volcano, family-friendly resorts, snowy escapes on the edge of Yosemite and more—California has enough alpine destinations to keep any skier or boarder...

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Winter Fun at Lake Tahoe

Deep snow and brilliant blue skies beckon

Lake Tahoe lays claim to some of the country’s top alpine resorts, where pint-size skiers and boarders grow up to be gold-medal winners. But it’s...

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Truckee

This charming mountain town is the central hub for North Shore destinations

Up and over the hill from Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Truckee offers an easy base that’s away from the hubbub. Historically a logging town, Truckee...

Rebecca Garrett

Winter in Mammoth Lakes

Ski into summer on mountains of snow

In winter, Mother Nature is good to Mammoth Lakes. Very, very good. The mountain town’s signature peak, Mammoth Mountain, gets, on average, more...

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Escape to snowy wonderlands at these snug retreats

Snowflakes falling outside your window, a crackling fire in the woodstove, down quilts on the bed—these tucked-away cabins and lodges, surrounded by California mountain finery, let you tap into...

9 cozy winter cabins & lodges
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Where to take in the best of California’s mountain majesty

Go ahead and gawk. With wraparound views of lakes, mountains, and winter wonderlands, the Golden State’s alpine resorts offer not just great places to ski and enjoy other snow sports, but legit...

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