Ski Week 2016 1

To a lot of Del Martians, February means one thing: Ski week. For one week in mid-February Del Martians pack up and abscond to their favorite skiing destinations. We’ve composed a list of our top 5 California skiing destinations. Enjoy!

1. Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe

Barely a 3 hour flight from San Diego, California’s premier ski resort is little more than a hop, skip and a jump away. Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic games, and they have lived up to that great honor and then some. Featuring a mountain tailor-made for noobies and veterans alike, Squaw Valley is the perfect destination for family vacations, ski and/or snowboarding jaunts. Trust us.

2. Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe

We understand that Alpine Meadows neighbors Squaw Valley. We considered leaving Alpine Meadows off of our list due to its proximity to our aforementioned #1 Squaw Valley, but it’s simply too awesome, and very worthy of the #2 spot on our list. With over 2400 acres to explore it’s no wonder this resort has garnered a near mythical reputation.

3. Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe

Featuring majestic views of Lake Tahoe, the sights alone may be enough to hold #3 on our list. But along with Heavenly Mountain’s beauty comes a sprawling brawn. Heavenly Mountain sports a mind-boggling 34 miles of cruisers. There is nimble tree skiing to be experienced; not to mention their deep slopes. Visitors can also enjoy chili at the Tamarack Lodge, which rests at 9000+ ft. Enough said.

4. Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes

This (as the the name indicates) huge resort is located in Eastern California near Yosemite National Park. Mammoth Mountain was founded nearly 60 years ago, but don’t be fooled, Mammoth Mountain Resort features state-of-the-art lift systems, and a full-service resort. The mountain receives well over 400 inches of snow every season, making skiing and snowboarding their 3,500+ acres of resort terrain the model of consistency.

5. Bear Valley, Arnold, CA

Located in the Central Sierras, Bear Valley is something of a throwback resort. It’s difficult to spot on the map, but finding and subsequently basking in  Bear Valley’s glory is well worth it. Bear Valley features 1,280 acres of downhill skiing to navigate. Seemingly every acre has a natural view of the Sierras. Bear Valley is more intimate than most resorts; it feels almost untouched by man. The views are unhindered by clusters of homes and big stores.