This guide was produced in partnership with Visit California.

California is known around the globe for its world-class peaks, resorts, and mountains. If you’re going to ride here, you should know where to go, what to do, eat, and where to stay. That’s why we’ve compiled TransWorld SNOWboarding’s California Snow Guide, which features some of the top resorts in California for snowboarders who are looking to make the absolute best of their time in the Golden State.

 

Frank Jobin takes on one of the endless array of features at Bear Mountain. Photo: Chris Wellhausen

Bear Mountain

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, just two hours from Los Angeles, Bear Mountain has been serving the the snow hungry inhabitants of Southern California for many years. Bear is where you’ll find Southern California’s only halfpipes, the Red Bull Plaza, The Scene, and also the largest learning area in SoCal. It’s common to see your favorite pro lapping the park on any given day and come spring time there is no better place to catch a tan. Read more…

Jordan Nield experiencing some of the best of what Sierra-at-Tahoe has to offer. Photo: Brian Walker

Sierra-At-Tahoe

Before Lake Tahoe was world famous for bold face named winter resorts, it was a collection of fun, funky ski areas that blended into the amazing natural terrain and made everyone sliding on snow feel welcome. Sierra-At-Tahoe was one of these areas, and maybe that's why it became a hub for snowboarding early in the sport's history. Today, that vibe is as strong as ever, and the place is crawling with snowboarding parents introducing the sport to their kids, as well as in-the-know locals who come for a terrain park and some of the region's best backcountry access. Read more…

There’s nothing quite like fresh groomers at Mammoth. Photo: Andrew Miller

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is a bucket list resort that has been a mecca for snowboarding since it was founded in 1953. Thanks to a summit elevation of 11,053 feet — making it the highest mountain resort in California — winter in Mammoth typically runs from early November into May. With its long season and more than 300 sunny days a year, it's no wonder big name pros like Jaeger Bailey, Scott Blum, and Kimmy Fasani call themselves Mammoth locals. Read More…

Werni Stock floats high above a Heavenly sunset. Photo: Blotto

Heavenly

Heavenly's gondola starts in downtown South Lake and ends at some of the highest lift-accessible peaks in all of Lake Tahoe. If you're idea of the perfect snowboard vacation combines great riding with spectacular views, tons of dining and shopping, and bonkers nightlife, Heavenly is one of the best destinations in the country. Read more…

Squaw has something for everyone, whether it’s mellow beginner terrain, or something a little more advanced. Photo: Ben Birk

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley was beloved by Californians long before snowboarders made their mark on the famed peaks. It was first put on the snow sports world map when it hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. And while that may predate snowboarding, what made skiers love the place in the 60's makes it equally appealing to snowboarders itching to lay tracks down its face today: 450 inches of average annual snowfall, primarily from pounding storms that come straight off the Pacific and unload multiple feet of snow in a matter of hours. Read more…