With abundant snowfall and easy access, Alpine County is home to two of California’s finest destination ski resorts, Bear Valley Mountain Resort, and the Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Both offer great skiing terrain, quality lodging and amenities and the incredible scenic views the Sierra Nevada is famous for.
Bear Valley Mountain is located on Highway 4, two hours from the Central Valley and just minutes from the Bear Valley Village. Featuring 1280 acres of skiable terrain and 11 lifts, the mountain has a great reputation as a family ski and snowboard center, receiving an average of 30 feet of snow each year. With numerous instructional programs, a top notch rental shop, retail store, spacious day lodge, and snowmaking system, Bear Valley has all the ingredients for a perfect ski vacation.
Bear Valley offers an incredible 1900 feet of vertical terrain from it’s 8500 foot peak , while the resort provides spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada crest and Mokelumne Wilderness. To the north and east, much of Alpine County and the Mokelumne River Canyon is in view. And, while the majority of the mountain features beginner and intermediate terrain, advanced skiers will revel in the resort’s steep chutes and bowls.
Nestled in a pristine alpine valley on Highway 88 near Carson Pass, Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a ski and snowboard paradise, featuring 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, 2000 feet of vertical and 12 chair lifts. While well known for it’s steep chutes and impressive cornice line skiing, the mountain also offers wide open groomed beginner and intermediate terrain, offering something for every skier level. Boasting the highest base elevation in the state, Kirkwood also enjoys an average of 500 inches of snowfall each year.
Kirkwood also features a full range of skier and snowboarder services, including ski and board rentals, ski school, and two base lodges with restaurants and retail shops. The resort also has impressive base facilities, with hundreds of hotel and condominium accommodations, and several newly completed developments, including the Lost Cabin condominiums, the Mountain Club and the Snowcrest Lodge.