Best Ski Resorts
Powderhounds Awards: Best CA Ski Resorts
Where is the best skiing in California? Here are the Powderhounds.com awards for the best ski resorts in California, many of which are located around Lake Tahoe.
Top CA Ski Resorts for Powder Hounds
Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity
+ likelihood of finding freshies
Best Skiing and Snowboarding
Best Snow in California
- Best overall terrain: Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Sugar Bowl
- Beginner terrain: Sierra at Tahoe, Northstar
- Intermediate terrain: Mammoth, Northstar, Heavenly Ski Resort
- Advanced piste terrain: Kirkwood, Mammoth, Squaw
- Best off-piste terrain: Squaw Valley, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows
- Slackcountry: Squaw Valley, June Mountain, Alpine Meadows
- Best expert skiing: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood
- Extreme terrain: Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood
- Best tree skiing CA: Sierra at Tahoe, Homewood
- Uncrowded slopes: June Mountain, Homewood, Kirkwood
- Best lift infrastructure: Northstar, Mammoth, Squaw Valley
- Terrain park: Mammoth, Northstar, Heavenly
Nightlife & Dining
Cost & Value for Money
Also see our Powderhounds USA ski resorts ratings
to see how we rate ski resorts in California against Colorado, Utah etc on various factors including the terrain, powder, apres and family-friendliness.
Best California Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews
These awards for the "best ski resorts in California" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top California ski resorts
by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the California ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!
NB only California ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best.
Best overall California ski resort 1:
- Best California powder skiing 2:
- Best snow:
- Most uncrowded:
- Best lifts:
- Piste trails:
- Child friendly:
- Value for money:
1 The top overall California ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best California powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.