10 Dazzling Places To Have A Snow Day Near The Bay Area

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

10 Dazzling Places To Have A Snow Day Near The Bay Area

San Francisco is a magical, beautiful, exciting place, with one caveat – there’s never any snow. Lucky for us, California is home to dozens of different climates and it’s not so difficult to pack up the car for a drive out to the snowy mountains in the distance. Just make sure to check weather and snow conditions before heading out. Here are 10 places to go enjoy this fluffy white stuff before it’s gone!

1. Pinecrest

Pinecrest Lake is a picturesque lake and town located in Stanislaus National Forest. Be sure to check out the Sonora Pass hiking trails or nearby Dodge Ridge.

2. Dodge Ridge

Dodge Ridge is a family-owned ski resort in the Stanislaus National Forest, boasting 862 skiable acres and 1600 vertical feet. Not far from the Bay Area, Dodge Ridge provides an accessible and fun getaway from the city. A little Dodge Ridge powder day secret: You can find untracked powder stashes for numerous days following new snowfall. Dodge Ridge also has some of the best lift ticket prices in the Sierra and no peak pricing!

3. Arnold

Arnold is famous for housing the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Enjoy plenty of mountain sports or take a walk under the dazzling giant sequoias, which were the first to be discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

4. Bear Valley

Bear Valley is home to the famous Bear Valley Ski Resort. Find fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities on their manicured runs, or pop down to nearby Spicer Sno-Park for family-friendly snow play options.

5. Leland High Sierra Snowplay

Leland High Sierra Snowplay claims to be the “biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra,” and for good reason. They have 12 acres of snow play areas at an elevation of 6300 feet, and they’re quite affordable and perfect for families.

6. North Lake Tahoe

There’s no shortage of activities and beautiful views in North Lake Tahoe, which is the more accessible side of the lake when coming from the Bay Area. Enjoy amazing spas, hotels, resorts and restaurants.


7. Echo Lake

Find Echo Lake in a serene, secluded mountain area just a few miles from South Lake Tahoe. Popular wintertime activities include cross-country skiing and dog-sledding.

8. Lake Alpine

You can’t get much more fun than Lake Alpine Sno-Park. It’s a well-groomed snowy landscape for snowmobiles, cross-country skiing and sledding. Snow play is allowed anywhere, but you can also head to nearby Spicer and Round Valley Sno-Parks.

9. Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Sno-Park is an abandoned ski resort turned snow play area. It’s ideal for snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snow shoeing.

10. Mammoth Lakes

If you’re willing to take a slightly longer drive, Mammoth Lakes is worth the trip. The storybook scenery itself is spectacular. But you’ll also find amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities at Mammoth Mountain, and a great family-friendly ski resort at June Mountain.

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