Mammoth: rated best overall CA ski resort by Powderhounds.com
Mammoth: rated best overall CA ski resort by Powderhounds.com
Kirkwood: best skiing in California for powder hounds
Kirkwood: best skiing in California for powder hounds
Squaw Valley has the best overall terrain
Squaw Valley has the best overall terrain
Mammoth is one of the top ski resorts in California for powder hounds
Mammoth is one of the top ski resorts in California for powder hounds
Kirkwood: one of the best CA ski resorts overall
Kirkwood: one of the best CA ski resorts overall
Sugar Bowl: one of the top ski resorts in California for overall terrain
Sugar Bowl: one of the top ski resorts in California for overall terrain
Northstar California has great intermediate terrain
Northstar California has great intermediate terrain
Heavenly: you can ski and gamble in the one spot!
Heavenly: you can ski and gamble in the one spot!
Mammoth: best ski resort in California for families
Mammoth: best ski resort in California for families
Alpine Meadows has excellent off-piste terrain
Alpine Meadows has excellent off-piste terrain

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 Overall Ski Resorts in California 
Based on all factors including infrastructure, terrain, snow & cost

1. Mammoth Mountain
2. Squaw Valley
3. Kirkwood

  
Best Skiing and Snowboarding
Best Snow in California
Other Awards
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.
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.