Skier Comments & Photos from the California Slopes

What are the ski conditions like right now at ski resorts in California? Read commentaries and see photos from fellow skiers and riders sharing their on-mountain experiences. Check back daily for new user-generated firsthand reports from your favorite California ski areas to see ski conditions, new snow and general stoke from the slopes along with images. Firsthand reports from California are submitted via the OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report App. Download the free app to be part of the conversation.

Displaying 1 - 15 of 95 Firsthand Reports

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80

Spring skiing at its finest!

4 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

80

Great conditions before noon. afternoon snow is slushy and choppy. upper runs are better in afternoon

5 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

64

Great winter conditions! But Cal side closed for the season as us Comet lift.

5 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Machine Groomed1"
0

warm and wet. almost the end of season

6 months ago - Northstar California

0

First time at Squaw. Pretty nice spring conditions.

6 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

80

Great bluebird day! powder stashes are all over the mountain in the afternoon.

6 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Packed powder0"
0

Very good coverage with lots of soft forgiving snow. Warming quickly, spring skiing conditions developing, but upper half of mountain still in peak form

6 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Packed powder0"
80

the mountain runs are fully covered in recent snow, hard to find ice patches even in the afternoon.

6 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

0

A little more pow today

6 months ago - Northstar California

Packed powder5"
64

Hard packed powder on groomed runs and thick heavy sludge on the the non groomed stuff. Mostly a nice sunny day but early afternoon for more windy and things started to get icy in certain spots.

6 months ago - Northstar California

Packed powder
80

Solid day prob 30 inches

6 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Powder15"
0

little more icy today, but good groomers and a lot less people than the weekend

6 months ago - Northstar California

Machine Groomed0"
0

There today incredible blue sky the groomed runs were perfect , but, off runs were pretty chopped up

7 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Packed powder
0

So nice

7 months ago - Sugar Bowl Resort

Powder0"
0

Sugarbowl deep

7 months ago - Sugar Bowl Resort

Powder
0

After several days of blizzard snows , now packed powder everywhere

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Packed powder15"
0

0" of Snow here but definitely got a couple feet of sand

7 months ago - Bear Mountain

Wet Snow0"
0

Great ski yesterday 3/15/18 snowed almost all day soft powder everywhere had a great day!

7 months ago - Northstar California

0

Currently storming but Pow everywhere and more dropping, get up here!

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Powder8"
80

we had the best time.

7 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

0

Powder is gone but still ok conditions. It wasn't crowded at all. Lovely day..

7 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Hard Packed0"
80

Early Morning Corduroy Speed Laps!!

7 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

0

View of avalanche from top of Climax to bottom of chair 5 on Saturday during storm. Photo on Sunday. Chair 5 opened Monday

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

Entire mountain open. Light powder on backside yesterday. Beautiful view on Santiago.

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

Skied avalanche on Dry Creek open yesterday. Great snow. incredible to see.

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

80

once the top opened up conditions were very very good! chair 9 was the place to be. Friday before the avalanche was face shots all the way down yeww!

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

temperature 20 degrees 7 feet of new powder snow

7 months ago - Ski China Peak

Powder
80

on Saturday, the snow was 7 feet deep. It had been rolled but mostly skier tracked and much powder

7 months ago - Ski China Peak

Powder18"
80

You’d be insane to not love the conditions. 8 feet in 7 days. It’s deeeeeeeep

7 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Powder5"
64

2/26 fresh snow. still a little thin in some places. more backside open but westbowl is closed

7 months ago - Sierra-at-Tahoe

Powder
0

There are some areas of poor coverage, so look out for rocks and ice lurking beneath.

7 months ago - Sugar Bowl Resort

Powder8"
0

I’d say Squaw got a good 8 inches of dry powder today. Cold but fun skiing.

7 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Powder8"
64

Pretty good skiing at Alpine. Packed powder. A little icy at the end of the day but we did see a dinosaur!

7 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Machine Groomed
0

Snowed a TON yesterday. Awesome conditions, still snowing Monday morning. Couldn’t go up the gondola because of high winds in the snowstorm, but I still love Heavenly!

7 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Powder
80

A LOT OF SNOW

7 months ago - Tahoe Donner

Powder6"
16

Very icy and windy 2/18/18

7 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0"
64

Awesome day at Alpine. lift lines were sooo short it felt like a weekday (it was a Holiday Weekend). Groomers for days and soft moguls. Only way it could have been better was if Sherwood and Lakeview chairs were open.

8 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Machine Groomed
32

Varying conditions at Squaw yesterday. Plenty of groomers open, most non-groomed is hard crust, but there is some powder left in the low points and on a few faces.

8 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Variable Conditions0"
80

Don’t let the lack of snow fool you. Even though some of my favorite runs are closed Great skiing still exists here. Come during the week , no lift lines. YThIcOncomplaint it’s expensive

8 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Hard Packed0"
80

Awesome conditio s in Mamoth, with about 5" of ne snow, immaculate grooming & prep, sunny and clear and cold! Entire mountain's open.

8 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

Great corduroy every morning - and you can’t beat the views

8 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

Machine Groomed0"
0

Great corduroy every morning - and you can’t beat the views

8 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

80

it was hot!!! unless you were on the summit with the 50mph winds. but overall it was a great day

8 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Hard Packed
32

I almost never post reviews but it's very misleading to say they have 41 runs open. I was there on 1/31/18 and everyone was going down the same few runs. Everything else was essentially non-skiable. Their base is very thin. Wait for more snow.

8 months ago - Homewood Mountain Resort

80

Get up there and turn em loose!

8 months ago - Boreal Mountain Resort

0

Snowed last Friday. Fresh powder. Great conditions.

8 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

80

Awesome day at Sugar Bowl!

8 months ago - Sugar Bowl Resort

Packed powder
64

great snow, 6" powder just off the beaten path, still fresh packed prefer elsewhere. feels pretty warm. long lines, even on the backside, singles lines are longer than the standard lines.

8 months ago - Kirkwood

Packed powder
48

Surprisingly good condition and I always enjoy skiing at smaller brother, Alpine.

8 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Packed powder
0

Awesome day on the mountain!

8 months ago - Sugar Bowl Resort

64

view from Scotty's on saturday. medium hard packed with few fresh corners. fun !

8 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0"
48

Nice job on snow making to get the express open!

8 months ago - Snow Valley

Machine Groomed3"
0

Great snow and conditions

8 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Powder6"
64

lots of powder everywhere today, but certain sections are icy. visibility is extremely poor due to snowmaking this morning. expect conditions to get better as the temperature warms up.

8 months ago - Mountain High

Powder1"
0

Heavenly is awesome!

9 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

80

"Happiness is" view 11/14

9 months ago - Kirkwood

0

Coverage was ok, lots of chewed up runs down to very hard base. Ski'able but not always pleasant

9 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Machine Groomed0"
16

hey guys! I drove up there today. It was raining. It rained last night. I could see the golf course it's so dry. I'm a spoiled rider. We need at least 3 more storms for it to be worth anything. it's not worth the drive..or money. I have a pass still waiting to use.

9 months ago - Northstar California

0

Looks like the resort is still closed. /:

9 months ago - Ski China Peak

5"
0

38 degrees at 7:30 A.M. this morning. the snow is wet and heavy and the skiing was good for the first hour at the top. as temps have warmed rain off and on at the base and heavy wet broken snow persists. Grooming was late and not very pressive. Even groomed runs are wet and sticky. We need colder weather

9 months ago - Kirkwood

Wet Snow5"
0

Sign Says it All

9 months ago - Northstar California

0

Jan 6th New Snow Blue Skies, Big Smiles

9 months ago - Northstar California

0

Friday 5th Northstar No Snow and No People Rains, Low Temps are Keeping People Away...

9 months ago - Northstar California

48

Went on Saturday 01/06, rained at the base and snowed up top during the morning. Clouds cleared out around 11. Fun up top and sloppy down low. There is enough snow and runs open to have fun. Old man winter is going to help us out this week, I'll be back up again this weekend

9 months ago - Sierra-at-Tahoe

64

Great but of powder on the top of the mountain. Lots of bowls and fun off piste snowboarding. The low snow level added a level of difficulty and fun to the runs.

9 months ago - Kirkwood

4"
64

Machine Groomed. Some fresh snows.

9 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

0

We were expecting a nightmare on the slopes but I’ve got a handed to the crew who’s done a great job making man-made snow and grooming some decent runs. Oexpectations weren’t very high

9 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

Snow is pretty terrible, but it's virtually all man made and the temps at the top are in the 40's so you can't expect much. Lift lines aren't bad and still good fun.

9 months ago - Northstar California

0

As good as they can make it. With the limited runs open, the coverage and grooming is excellent. Of course gets icy / skied out at end of day. icy and skiied out towards end of ddayday. Ivey and skiied

9 months ago - Northstar California

Machine Made
64

Decent, close to opening Cali side.

9 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

3"
48

Conditions are relatively good, considering the lack of snow the past two weeks. The Wall, the Cornice, and the Ruet are all open providing more advanced runs. Sharpen your edges!

10 months ago - Kirkwood

Hard Packed0"
64

Looks like fun

10 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

64

Great skiing at Kirkwood on Sunday. Lots of snow and no crowds over on Chair 11 - The Reut!

10 months ago - Kirkwood

0

Great weather pretty ice-y, fast and fun

10 months ago - Kirkwood

Machine Groomed
0

Extremely high winds took all the good snow off the top. Groomers are still fun though!

10 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Machine Groomed0"
48

Groomed, only top of mountain seems worth it. Tram required to get back down.

10 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

Machine Groomed0"
0

Windy and cold but fun!

10 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

80

Thursday November 30th war. temps continue with a daytime high of 45 degrees. A bit icy in the morning but Kirkwood did an OUTSTANDING job grooming the runs and laying down some man-made snow. The high pressure syste. continues pray for ❄...looks like dry conditions for the next 2 weeks.

10 months ago - Kirkwood

80

About 17 runs open. 5 lifts. all at the top but it's nice and quite. Able to do 12 runs before noon. Still choppy and rocky in some areas. totally worth coming up for.

10 months ago - Squaw Valley - Alpine Meadows

1"
0

Nov 25th 2017 all trails open

10 months ago - Heavenly Mountain Resort

0

It was good conditions throughout the thanksgiving weekend

10 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Machine Groomed
0

Half way decent this Thanksgiving day. They did a great job of grooming what they had to work with. It was great for early season skiing even if it felt like spring with the the many soft spots.

10 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

0

11/19

10 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

64

Decent opening weekend seeing as all the snow was man made. there were 4 lifts and 5 runs open. Snow would get icy in the afternoons and was shallow most of Sunday.

11 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

80

It’s time!

11 months ago - Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Powder

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