Alta Sierra

Wofford Heights, CA

Alta Sierra opens for business in December and stays open until May. They do make snow, but there is usually more than enough natural snow, depending on the year. The resort does not offer a halfpipe for snowboarders, but they do have a fantastic terrain park that is ideal for this sport. Boards can be rented for $35 a day, and they are of good quality.

Ski rentals are also available at a reasonable price and we found the lift tickets to be competitively priced as well. The facilities are very nice and there is a very family friendly atmosphere here. The main lodge is well appointed and was recently renovated. The trails are all very well maintained and there is more than enough space to kick back and relax after a run on the slopes.