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SNOW WHY WE LOVE CALIFORNIA SNOW RESORTS 5 reasons why you'll love them too-from the ski-savvy editors at Sunset magazine 1 THEY'VE GOT AMAZING VIEWS Get breathtaking Lake Tahoe views from the gondola at Heavenly (skiheavenly. com)-a worthwhile ride even if you're not a skier or snowboarder. Low-key Homewood (skihomewood.com) also offers big-blue Tahoe views. Further south, the jagged Minarets slice the sky at Mammoth Mountain (mammothmountain.com). 2 THEY'RE EASY TO GET TO Quick nonstop flights link Mammoth to L.A. and San Francisco, with wow-worthy, aerial views of snowy Yosemite. Resorts on Lake Tahoe's north side-like Alpine Meadows (skialpine.com) and Northstar California (northstarcalifornia.com) can be a zippy 2-hour drive from Sacramento. For day trips, try beginner-friendly Donner Ski Ranch (donnerskiranch.com), Boreal (rideboreal.com), and Sugar Bowl (sugarbowl.com). 3 THERE'S LIFE BEYOND CHILI Slope-side sushi? Find it and more at 30-plus eateries (even a ski-through Starbucks) at Squaw Valley. At Alpine Meadows, spread out on the sundeck for the Spring Music Series, or, at Mammoth, hitch a snow-cat ride for wine and cheese at Minaret Summit. At Northstar, indulge in chocolate fondue at the Chocolate Bar. Or toast that epic run at Heavenly with craft beers at Booyah's. Village at Mammoth Kids flock to Northstar's 9,000square-foot village skating rink, and tricks-happy teens think the resort's eight terrain parks are sick (that's good). Sierra-at-Tahoe (sierraattahoe.com) has a Star Wars-themed snowboarding park. At June Mountain (junemountain.com), 80 percent of the runs suit beginners and intermediates. And there's a new outdoor rink at Big Bear Lake (bigbear.com), 2 hours east of L.A. 5 THEY KNOW HOW TO APRÈS Heavenly's Unbuckled at Tamarack takes après to new heights (9,150 feet, to be exact), with drinks, DJs, and dancing (even in boots). Or head to Kirkwood Mountain Resort (kirkwood.com), south of Tahoe, for a snow-cat tour at dusk. -RACHEL LEVIN Big Bear 38 | VISITCALIFORNIA.COM More snow-country ideas at visitcalifornia.com/winter-recreation HARRIOT MANLEY (2); BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORTS Lake Tahoe from the top of Heavenly 4 THEY KEEP KIDS HAPPY http://www.skiheavenly.com http://www.skiheavenly.com http://www.skihomewood.com http://www.mammothmountain.com http://www.skialpine.com http://www.northstarcalifornia.com http://www.donnerskiranch.com http://www.rideboreal.com http://www.sugarbowl.com http://www.sierraattahoe.com http://www.junemountain.com http://www.bigbear.com http://www.kirkwood.com http://www.visitcalifornia.com/winter-recreation http://www.VISITCALIFORNIA.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of California Visitors Guide 2014

California Vacation Guide 2014
Table of Contents
Travel Planning Info & Extras
Insider
The Years of Living Playfully
Down on the Farm
Califashionistas
Chef's Favorites
Live Tv Shows
Three Dream Days
Why We Love California Snow Resorts
Good Sports
Wine Country Discoveries
Theme Parks at Night
Urban Base Camp
Parks With Perks
Statewide Resources & California Welcome Centerssm
Free Advertisers’ Info
California City Index

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