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California Snow Adventures

Discover the best—and safest—ways to enjoy the winter snow season in this episode of the California Now Podcast

Like so many things, the pandemic has added a layer of complexity to the typical California snow season. Mountain ski resorts and outdoor recreation areas have COVID-19 safety regulations in place and restrictions on capacity that make planning ahead and pre-purchasing passes essential to a successful winter getaway on the slopes.

But as California Now Podcast host Soterios Johnson found out in this episode, skiing and other snow sports can be a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages during this tumultuous time, whether it's flying down the slopes on skis, boards, or tubes.

Johnson opens with a discussion of the current state of Golden State snow play with Ski California president Mike Reitzell. Then he learns about the benefits and thrills of cross-country skiing with guidebook author and ski instructor Tim Hauserman. Finally, Johnson chats with Top Flight Family blogger Carmen Sognonvi, who offers up tips for having fun in the snow with kids—and without skis.


Mike Reitzell, president of Ski California

Tim Hauserman, author and cross-country ski instructor

Carmen Sognonvi, editor-in-chief of Top Flight Family


Ski California president Mike Reitzell says it's especially important for skiers to plan in advance before trying to hit the slopes this year.

Covid-19 Resort policies

Ski California Member Resorts

Current Snow Conditions

Ski instructor and guidebook author Tim Hauserman explains that cross-country skiing is an entirely different phenomenon than downhill skiing—and perfectly suited for these pandemic times.

Cross-Country Skiing in the Sierra Nevada

Northstar California

Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area

Tahoe Rim Trail Guidebook

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Tahoe Donner

Royal Gorge

Family travel blogger Carmen Sognonvi points out that you don't have to ski or snowboard to have fun in the California snow.

Top Flight Family

Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Mountain

Yodler Restaurant & Bar

Woolly's Tube Park

About the Host

Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson will use the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.

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