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.

China Peak (CA)

Resort Classification: (Class 3) Medium

Nestled in the Southern Sierra Nevada with road access from the Western lowlands is a quaint and unique California ski area with a lot of history.

China Peak, formerly Sierra Summit Mountain Resort, is located in the beautiful Sierra National Forest at Huntington Lake, just 65 miles northeast of Fresno, an easy drive up Highway 168. This premier Central California resort offers terrain to challenge all abilities of both skiers and snowboarders. Seven chairlifts, three surface lifts and a moving carpet lift service over 1,400 acres, 45+ runs, two terrain parks and a skier/boarder cross, and a vertical drop of over 1,650 feet. 


Famous For:

-Great views, slopeside lodging, and a cool ownership.

-Membership with 2 reciprocal ski passes: The Powder Alliance and the Indy Pass.

-Boating, biking and tons of other outdoors activities during the off-season.

-One of the only mountain resorts in the nation to allow/offer RV parking near the slopes.


Infamous For:

-Low relative altitude, and low snowfall.

-Due to limited snowmaking and low altitude, China Peak has been known to struggle with terrain opening in low snow seasons.


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: Ski In / Ski Out lodging is available at China Peak with a hotel situated at the base area. Limited other lodging is available along CA 168 between China Peak and Fresno, CA.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Fresno, CA. which is 67 miles away to the Southwest via CA 168. 


Season Pass Reciprocation:

China Peak is a longstanding member of the Powder Alliance, and is also a member of the Indy Pass.

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 7,030ft

Peak Elevation: 8,709ft

Vertical Drop: 1,679ft

Skiable Acreage: 1,400

Annual Snowfall: 150″

Number of Trails: 45


Terrain Stats



Beginner Terrain: 11%

Intermediate Terrain: 28% 

Advanced  Terrain: 33%

Expert Terrain: 28%

Av. Opening Date: Mid Dec

Av. Closing Date: Early Apr


Chair Lifts



Low Speed Doubles: 3

Low Speed Triples: 4

Low Speed Quads: 0

High Speed Quads: 0

High Speed 6 Packs: 0

High Speed 8 Packs: 0


Other Lifts


Half Day

Rope Tows: 0

Magic Carpets: 3

T-Bar / Pomas: 1

Gondolas / Trams: 0

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




Expert terrain. Over a quarter of the resort!

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



Vertical feet of skiing spread out over 1,400 acres.

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



Slopeside RV Parking available!

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

This chart represents the different difficulties of terrain.

Beginner Runs


Intermediate Runs


Advanced Runs


Expert Runs


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SNow life ratings system.

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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Grab yourself some slopeside lodging in the high sierra at the inn at china peak.

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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.


59265 CA-168, Lakeshore, CA. 93634

Holidays: 9am – 4pm

Thursday – Mondays: 9am – 4pm

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