The Top 15 Highest Ski Resorts in California

Taliana Potts | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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California state flag.

California is not only known for sunshine and surfing, but it also boasts some of the best skiing in North America. 

The Golden State has nearly 30 ski resorts, many of them located in the Lake Tahoe area. 

California’s higher elevations rep a notable seasonal snowfall average and enjoy big storms with large dumps.

Related: The Top 15 Highest Ski Resorts in Colorado

Here’s the state’s 15 highest ski areas:


#1 – Mammoth Mountain, 11,053 ft

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Mammoth Mountain, the highest ski resort in California. Credit:

#2 – June Mountain, 10,090 ft

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The clouds breaking over June. Credit:

#3 – Heavenly, 10,067 ft

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#4 – Kirkwood, 9,800 ft

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#5 – Squaw Valley, 9,050 ft

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Granite Chief at Squaw Valley Resort. Credit:

#6 – Sierra-at-Tahoe, 8,852 ft

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View of Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Huckleberry Canyon. Credit:

#7 – Bear Mountain, 8,805 ft

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#8 – China Peak, 8,709 ft

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#9 – Alpine Meadows, 8,637 ft

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Promised Land at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Credit:

#10 – Northstar, 8,610 ft

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View of the Ritz-Carlton at Northstar California Resort. Credit:

#11 – Mt. Baldy, 8,600 ft

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#12 – Bear Valley, 8,500 ft

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#13 – Sugar Bowl, 8,383 ft

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The Palisades at Sugar Bowl. Credit:

#14 – Snow Summit, 8,200 ft

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#15 – Dodge Ridge, 8,200 ft

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