- SCHOOLS &
Ski season is here! Family skiing is a wonderful activity. The sport is suitable for children as young as 3 and is a great way for families to be active together. Dozens of snow ski resorts are within close proximity to Sacramento and most offer programs, especially for families.
People often consider family skiing to be a winter activity. However, when the snowpack is good (like this year), most ski resorts stay open through spring. Some Snow Ski Sacramento areas even stay open into summer!
This ski season, skiers should make sure to layer their clothing under a weatherproof coat, wear sunscreen and sunglasses (or ski goggles), and ski gloves. Sacramento has dozens of area retailers who carry appropriate clothing for snow sports.
Stores like Target and Wal-Mart carry an assortment of gear like ski pants, gloves, and long underwear suitable for the slopes. Additionally, sporting goods stores such as Big 5, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or REI are good places to find winter apparel.
Conveniently, all resorts offer ski rentals on-site. Unfortunately, helmets are not included in ski rental packages. Do not skip this important item when renting gear. Always request to add a helmet to your rental.
All skiers, regardless of age or skill, should wear a helmet
All ski resorts offer lessons for any age or skill level. Beginners should schedule a lesson to learn the basics of turning, stopping, and chairlift use. After a couple of hours of ski school, most new skiers will be able to navigate the slopes on their own.
Sacramento families are fortunate to have over a dozen Snow Ski Sacramento within a 2-hour drive of their homes. Choosing which ski area to visit will depend on distance, budget, conditions, and terrain.
Boreal Mountain Resort
These resorts are family-friendly and easy to get to:
Donner Ski Ranch
These larger resorts are off of Highway 89 near Tahoe City:
Northstar California Resort is comprised of 98 ski runs served by 20 lifts. To learn more, check out their ticket, rental, and lesson webpages. To see their current conditions, visit the Northstar live webcams.
Downhill skiing is a great way to spend time as a family. This, combined with the historic levels of snow we’ve received makes it a great time to plan your family’s ski adventure.