With nearly year-round sun and warmth, Southern California home owners are the envy of those who live in the chillier regions of the country, especially when January and February roll around. However, for many an adventurer the wintry white slopes of some of the country’s most beautiful ski resorts come calling and with so many beautiful destinations just a short plane or even car ride away it can be hard not to answer.
Here are some of this year’s hottest ski destinations for Southern California home owners to consider jetting off to before winter’s over.
Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe
Being one of the more popular ski destinations, chances are many Southern Californians are familiar with Lake Tahoe. However, the Heavenly Mountain Resort aims to create an entirely unique experience with picturesque lake views, memorable ski runs and even a mobile DJ station out on the slopes. Yes, you read that right. Aaron Hagar, son of legendary rocker Sammy Hagar, is bringing the party to the mountain by outfitting a snowcat with 52 speakers.
The party doesn’t stop off the slopes, though. The resort has a long list of entertainment and amenities, including nightclubs, bars and fine dining establishments. The area is also home to the brand new Hard Rock & Casino Lake Tahoe, where guests can play, dine and be entertained with live music performances and raucous parties.
Northstar Mountain Resort, North Lake Tahoe
If you’re looking for a little bit of a quieter vacation, check out Northstar Mountain Resort, located on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Geared more toward families than spring breakers, Northstar is a laid-back resort that is home to the only five-star lodging throughout the region. One of the newest amenities is Tōst, a daily pop-up bar that offers stunning views of the lake while guests sip on champagne or sparkling cider.
Northstar has some of the most meticulously groomed trails that appeal to skiers from the expert level down to novice. If you happen to be there for the bi-monthly Mountain Table event, take advantage. This is a five-course, farm-to-plate feast featured at the Zephyr Lodge that serves up a fresh and memorable meal.
Mammoth Mountain Resort, Mammoth Lakes
If you’re planning on doing any skiing at Big Bear Resort or Snow Summit, you might consider purchasing the Cali4nia Pass, which allows you to ski on all four mountains associated with these resorts for just $999. With an average of 300 days of sunshine and the longest season of all, you might just get your money’s worth at Mammoth alone. There are activities for all members of the family such as tubing, snowmobiling, gondola rides, cross-country and downhill skiing. Head into the Mammoth Tavern for craft beer selections and delectable gastropub fare.
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