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.

Cedar Pass (CA)

Resort Classification: (Class 1) Town Hill

Nestled in the majestic Warner Mountains about 19 miles East of the small town of Alturas, is likely the most down home, laid back and friendly ski area in the state of California.

At a base altitude of roughly 6,300ft just of off of the CA-299, Cedar Pass has one T-Bar and one rope tow servicing about 500 vertical feet of terrain and 12 different trails.

Cedar Pass has base lodge with cheap rentals, concessions and a bbq outside on sunny days. $30 day tickets for the T-bar are the best priced in state, and the ski area has just enough terrain for a little bit of exploring and fun.

Nordic and snowshoe trails exist near the base as well and parking is always free.


Famous For:

-The Northern most ski area in California.

-It’s warm vibe and cheap lift tickets.

-Being a 100% volunteer run and not for profit ski area serving two local communities on either side of the pass.


Infamous For:

-No snow making, and completely reliant on Mother Nature.

-Only open on weekends and holidays.


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: 5 miles to the East in the town of Cedar Pass is a small motel and RV park, and 19 miles to the West in the town of Alturas there are several hotel/motel options.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Klamath Falls, OR. has a Regional airport which is about 112 miles to the Northwest.


Season Pass Reciprocation:

Cedar Pass is not a part of any alliance, and has no known pass reciprocation.

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 6,300ft

Peak Elevation: 6,800ft

Vertical Drop: 500ft

Skiable Acreage: —

Annual Snowfall: —

Number of Trails: 12


Terrain Stats


Rope Tow

Beginner Terrain: 17%

Intermediate Terrain: 33%

Advanced  Terrain: 50%

Expert Terrain: 00%

Av. Opening Date: Early Jan

Av. Closing Date: Late Mar


Chair Lifts


Half Day TB

Low Speed Doubles: 0

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 RT

Rope Tows: 1

Magic Carpets: 0

T-Bar / Pomas: 1

Gondolas / Trams: 0

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




All day lift tickets.

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



Rental gear ski or snowboard and boots.

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



Minutes from nearby Alturas, California!

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

This chart represents the amount of different types of terrain.

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:   6.6




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This is the most down home and authentic ski area in all of california!

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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.


Co Rd 195, Cedarville, CA. 96104

Weekdays: Major Holidays only

Weekends: 10am – 4pm

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