The 10 Best Cross-Country Skiing Trails in California!

Cross-country skiing may not have the same showy appeal of downhill skiing, but more and more people seem to be taking up the sport. California offers numerous spots for cross-country skiing, which is more intuitive and less reliant on lessons than downhill versions. Check out some of the best cross-country skiing trails in California, which are suitable for all ages and levels of skiers and allow you to enjoy your natural surroundings.

Auburn Ski Club at Boreal Mountain Resort, Soda Springs, CA

The Auburn Ski Club offers memberships so that you can enjoy a variety of winter activities, including cross-country skiing. But the real draw is the programs, which are for a variety of ages and events that bring you together with other skiers.

Badger Pass Ski Area, Yosemite National Park, CA

You can rent cross-country skis and explore several different trails ranging in size from a few to many miles as well as check out other winter sports and special events in the expansive area.

Bear Valley Cross Country, Bear Valley, CA

Bear Valley features an expansive trail system with over 30 trails to explore the snowy regions between wilderness areas. There’s a café, rental options, stuff for kids and places to stay so that you can take full advantage of the snow season.

Big Bear Mountain, San Bernardino Mountains, CA

Big Bear Mountain’s pine trees are best enjoyed via cross-country skis. The mountain resort is filled with family fun, including adventures through pines on maintained trails.

Boreal Mountain Playground, Truckee, CA

Boreal Mountain Playground offers numerous winter activities along with a village, après ski events and adventures and a plethora of ways to enjoy the various terrains that make up the expansive resort area.

Caples Lake Resort, Kirkwood, CA

Caples Lake Resort is filled with cabins and accommodations to enjoy the nearby cross-country trails of Kirkwood. Cross-country skiers are encouraged to wear layers to explore groomed trails, service roads, summer trails and other wintery wonderlands.

Donner Ski Ranch, Norden CA

One of the oldest resorts in the area, Donner Ski Ranch is the second largest ski resort area in Donner Summit. It’s beautiful and attractive and offers discount days and special price breaks in an effort to get more people skiing.

Montecito-Sequoia Nordic Ski Resort, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

The Montecito-Sequoia Lodge is open year-round but during the winter, the all-inclusive resort turns into an old fashioned wintery paradise complete with buffet meals to fill up on after a day on the cross-country trails that offer breathtaking views of Kings Canyon and Sequoia backcountry.

Rim Nordic Ski Area, Running Springs, CA

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Rim Nordic Ski Area is a convenient location that offers groomed trails for easy adventuring. Look for trails for skiers of all levels and are clearly marked for safe skiing.

Tamarack Lodge Resort Cross Country, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Tamarack Lodge offers the opportunity to head out the door on your cross-country skis to explore the wilderness. When you tire of the outdoors, head back for a cozy meal at the Lakefront Restaurant or have a cup of coco on your log cabin deck.

View more California Cross Country Skiing Trails.
Share your favorites!
California Search
Find Ski Mountains and Resorts Near You
Find Ski Mountains and Resorts Near You
59265 Highway 168, Lakeshore, CA
About UsChina Peak Mountain Resort is located only 65 miles northeast of Fresno at scenic Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. The mounta... Read More
56700 Rancheria Road, Wofford Heights, CA
Alta Sierra Ski Resort is located at an altitude of 7000 feet in southernmost portion of the Sierra Mountains,  It offers an exhilarati... Read More
63410 General's Highway, Kings Canyon National Pk, CA
Montecito Sequoia Lodge is an award winning, all-inclusive lodge located at 7,400 feet in Sequoia National Forest. Surrounded by the grandeur of Ki... Read More
7082 Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
Badger Pass Ski Area is the original Northern California ski area, Badger Pass has been a favorite for generations of families. Unpretentious, frie... Read More
10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Mammoth Mountain is California's premiere mountain resort offering big mountain skiing and riding. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ("Mammoth") features 1... Read More
1 Rock Creek Rd., Bishop, CA
Whether you have ever skied or not, Rock Creek Lodge has terrain perfect for your ability. With 15 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails s... Read More
312 North Main Street, Bishop, CA
Our MissionSierra Mountain Guides is dedicated to connecting people to the mountains.Sierra Mountain Guides provides high-quality mountain experien... Read More
1 Dodge Ridge Road, Pinecrest, CA
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort  is a family-oriented resort with runs designed to match the abilities of everyone from beginners to advanced. Because Dodg... Read More
1 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley, CA
About UsNestled in the heart of the Central Sierra between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas, Bear Valley Cross Country & Adven... Read More
148 Bear Valley Road, Arnold, CA
About Us:Mountain Adventure Seminars (MAS) is a year-round mountaineering school and guide service based in Bear Valley, California. MAS is owned a... Read More
2280 SR 207, Arnold, CA
HistoryThe Bear Valley area as we know it today was originally called Grizzly Bear Valley, so named by O. B. Powers in August of 1855. Powers led a... Read More
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA
In the late 1960s, Bud Klein, financier and ski enthusiast, arrived in the Kirkwood Valley and spent several years surveying the land he hoped woul... Read More
State Route 2, (Angeles Crest Highway), Pearblossom, CA
Mt.Waterman is a day ski & snowboard area. We have 3 chair lifts and 25 runs. 65% of our hill is advanced while offering beginner and intermedi... Read More
1111 Sierra at Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges, CA
Living in Tahoe for 30 years I've seen a lot of changes around here. I've seen things grow, expand and get done up. Now I love all that, but I also... Read More
24510 California 2, Wrightwood, CA
Did you know that just 90 minutes away from sunny Los Angeles, California, a snowy ski resort lies nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains? Mountain H... Read More
3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Overlooking the incredible blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly is one of the most unique snowsports destinations on the planet. Skiing and snowboar... Read More
Show More
Select a California town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Los Angeles County
San Francisco County