Cheap Ski Vacations for Californians

California cheap ski vacations are out there. There are lots of ski resorts in the Sunshine State and many offer affordable lift tickets and great lodging at an affordable rate. We have several deals and discounts on our website so skiers and snowboarders can save on a California ski vacation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best Ski Deals in California that are currently available.

From family-friendly resorts to more challenging terrain, we picked a few cheap ski resorts that are perfect for a day trip or an even longer getaway. Save at

Badger Pass Ski Area

Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park is the state’s oldest ski area with roots dating back to 1928. Surrounded by beauty and breathtaking scenery, the resort has blossomed into a favorite winter retreat for Californians. The intimate ski area has 10 runs – it’s smaller but full of excitement with more than 800 feet of vertical drop. Two beginner-friendly terrain parks are a fun diversion for skiers of all abilities. In addition to thrilling downhill skiing and snowboarding, Badger Pass has backcountry ski tours, cross-country, snow tubing and snowshoeing.

A ski getaway to Badger Pass at Yosemite National Park is all about beauty and natural wonder. It’s an ideal getaway for residents of both San Francisco and Sacramento as both cities are not too far away. There is no slopeside lodging, but there are a few wonderful hotels and inns nearby with comfy rooms and easy access to the ski area, local dining, stunning scenery, and ample serenity.

We have specials on Badger Pass lift tickets on our site for $52 per person with advance online purchase. Children age 7-12 can get a full-day pass for only $25. If you’re planning to visit and ski Badger Pass, be sure to hop online and snag this great deal here, on our site. Find Yosemite Sk-> Select “Early Bird All Day Pass” at the checkout screen. (*Lift tickets do not include ski rentals. You must bring printed proof of your lift ticket purchase to the resort. Discounted advance lift tickets are non-refundable, but skiers can use the ticket any day of the season.)

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

A ski vacation to Mt. Shasta is less than a 100-mile drive for residents near Redding, California and Medford, Oregon. It’s also not a long car ride from Sacramento and Reno, Nevada. The mountain is the second highest peak in the Cascades and has one of the most astonishing landscapes in North America. Mt. Shasta serves up more than 30 trails covering 425 acres during the daytime, and about 15 trails and about 300 acres available for night skiing. Revolution is an incredible terrain park with several cool rails, a 300-foot super half-pipe and other obstacles.

Get your fill on the mountain but set aside some time to try out a plethora of outdoor activities in the vicinity like a tubing hill, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding and snowshoeing. Mt. Shasta has some great hotels and restaurants that are both affordable and nearby. The ski area has some nice dining at the base of the mountain, and there’s lots to choose from in town. Nearby towns like Dunsmuir and McCloud have additional options. Skiers looking to ski than drive can even fly directly to Dunsmuir Municipal-Mott Airport from larger connecting cities.

With astonishing views and lots of skiing and outdoor fun, Mt. Shasta is a convenient ski area with lodging at the mountain or in nearby towns like Dunsmuir and McCloud.

Mt. Shasta Ski Park has cheap lift tickets for adults, kids and seniors. Single-day adult lift tickets range from $69 during weekends and peak times to $49 for all-day skiing on weekdays (Mondays through Thursdays). Junior and senior lift tickets – ages 8-12 and over age 65 – range from $49 during peak times to $33 during the week. Children age 7 and under can get on the slopes for $29 during weekends and peak times and only $16 on Mondays through Thursdays.

Mt. Baldy

Mt. Baldy – also known as Mt. San Antonio – is the closest ski resort to Los Angeles. The modest ski area is an awesome day retreat from the City of Angels when it’s time to trade the sandy beach for refreshing, fluffy snow. How does surfing in the mornings and snowboarding all afternoon sound?

Only 45 minutes from L.A. via the 605 to the 210, the ski area is chock-full of notable features. First, the resort presents a nice mix of terrain ranging from easy beginner trails to a run with one of the steepest descents in all of SoCal. Aptly named, “Nightmare” will have you ripping down more than 1,000 vertical feet at a chilling 36-degree slope. Mt. Baldy also has a terrain park, snow tubing, and lots to keep skiers and snowboarders entertained.

Mt. Baldy has awesome deals on single-day adult lift tickets for day trips to the mountains. We have specials that can save big bucks – there are deals priced from $15 to $37. A one-day adult lift ticket is only $15, and you can add ski gear with a rental package for only $37 a day. Just about any other resort has lift ticket prices for more than $37 a day, so getting a lift ticket and a full ski rental package for that price is almost unheard of.

The Mount Baldy Lodge has cabins for rent at the center of the village on the mountain, with easy access to skiing and snowshoeing along with some nice eats and occasional live entertainment. There are also a couple of hotels in nearby Wrightwood to the north. To the south, there are plenty of places to stay in Claremont, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.

Mountain High

Mountain High is a little over an hour-and-a-half drive from Los Angeles in the Big Pines Region of the San Gabriel Mountains. The area is rich is ski history and consists of three distinct ski resorts within a mile of each other. The ski area is one of Sothern California’s most popular winter resorts and consistently wins numerous awards for frequency of core visitors and generating new participants. That mean when people visit, they tend to go back – a quality that should speak for itself.

Fresh snow and bluebird skies await at a several resorts near major California cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Redding.

Three separate ski areas mean there’s triple the fun at Mountain High – North, South and West. West is the most popular and the most advanced. The West has some nice technical terrain with lots of good freestyle spots from top to bottom. Trails on are geared for skiers of all abilities. The West is also home to night skiing all week long for those looking to take some turns under the stars. And, if there’s a cool concert or après-ski party, chances are it will take place at High Mountain West Resort.

The East Resort at Mountain High serves up the highest vertical in the state and provides breathtaking views of the Mohave Desert. From perfectly manicured groomers to glade skiing and bump runs, there’s lots to challenge more advanced and expert skiers while still offering enough wide-open runs for beginners to get their legs under themselves. With runs well separated and well-marked, newbies and experts can share the mountain with limited interaction. It’s the best spot for families and kids.

The North Resort has more than 70 additional acres to explore and it’s a great spot for kids and families. There are real log cabins to explore and a thrilling tubing park along with some gentle terrain for an easy day on the slopes.

Lift tickets run about $95 during peak times and high-volume weekends. Regular weekend lift tickets cost about $85 per day. Night skiing is very popular at the resort, and there’s reasonable rates to get on the slopes after dark. Lift tickets cost about $49 for night skiing on weekends and peak times and can be had for $39 per day during the weekdays.