Ski Areas in California

-A diverse and beautiful state with 3 different mountain ranges that are home to 28 ski areas, California has Winter weather like nowhere else in North America. Known for huge snow dumps and gnarly Pacific storms that give way to bluebird sunny skies, Cali also boasts some of the most scenic ski areas around and some of the best corn snow and Spring skiing conditions.

Alta Sierra (CA)

Resort Classification: (Class 1) Town Hill

Founded in 1982 as Shirley Meadows Ski Area, the name was changed to Alta Sierra Ski Resort in 2006, a few years after a change in ownership.

Alta Sierra is located on the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest, in the Greenhorn Mountains, approximately 50 miles east of Bakersfield, California.

Alta Sierra is a local ski area that has 2 chair lifts and rope tow.


Famous For:

-Close proximity to Bakersfield.

-Cool season ending events such as Pond Skim.

-Cheap day tickets.


Infamous For:

-Relative low base elevation and low annual snowfall.

-Minimal vertical and terrain.

-Short season.


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: There is a small “Bunk House” 17 miles to the West near the town of Glennville. The town of Wofford Heights, about 10 miles to the East has several Inn, Motel and Lodge options.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Meadow Field Airport in Bakersfield, CA. is about 51 miles to the West via CA-155.


Season Pass Reciprocation:

Alta Sierra has no known Season Pass Reciprocation and is not a part of any alliance at this time.

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 6,700ft

Peak Elevation: 7,100ft

Vertical Drop: 400ft

Skiable Acreage: 80

Annual Snowfall: 80″

Number of Trails: 11


Terrain Stats



Beginner Terrain: 30%

Intermediate Terrain: 40%

Advanced  Terrain: 30%

Expert Terrain: 00%

Av. Opening Date: Late Dec

Av. Closing Date: Mid Mar


Chair Lifts



Low Speed Doubles: 2

Low Speed Triples: 0

Low Speed Quads: 0

High Speed Quads: 0

High Speed 6 Packs: 0

High Speed 8 Packs: 0


Other Lifts


Half Day

Rope Tows: 1

Magic Carpets: 0

T-Bar / Pomas: 0

Gondolas / Trams: 0

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




For a two hour pass at the tubing park.

  • Snow Making
  • Night Skiing
  • Snow Tubing
  • Nordic Trails
  • Backcountry Gates
  • Uphill Traffic Allowed



Double chair lifts serving approx. 80 acres of terrain.

  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Snowboarding Allowed
  • Small Terrain Park
  • Big Terrain Park



Trails to explore, including glades!

  • Slopeside Lodging
  • Free Parking
  • RV Camping Allowed
  • WiFi Available
  • Cell Service
  • Pass Reciprocation

This chart represents the amount of 

Beginner Runs


Intermediate Runs


Advanced Runs


Expert Runs



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Below is a series of ratings for this ski resort that is based upon the opinion of skiers and snowboarders directly associated with the Snow Life network of web pages. These ratings are based on personal experience from us actually going there and shredding it up. If an NR appears instead of the rating, it means we haven’t shred there yet, but rest assured, it’s on the list!!! Ratings are from 1-10, with 1 being poor, and 10 being the best.

sl rating:   NR




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Resort hours and location

Below are the operating hours for the lift system during the Winter Season according to this ski resort.


56700 Rancheria Rd, Wofford Heights, CA. 56700

Weekdays: 9am – 4pm *Holidays only

Weekends: 9am – 4pm

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