This article was produced in partnership with Visit California.
With such a diverse landscape and favorable weather, California is the ultimate cornucopia of outdoor winter pursuits. Whether it’s surfing, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, camping or paddleboarding (and everything else in between), the Golden State’s wintertime weather and breathtaking terrain cater brilliantly to any outdoor enthusiast of any age. (And tackling multiple adventures in the same day is a California staple.)
That being said, with countless options on offer on any given day, some may find it slightly overwhelming to choose the right ones. That’s where we – the skiers, snowboarders, surfers and outdoor experts who dedicate our lives to exploring off the beaten path – come in. We’ve compiled the Ultimate Guide to California’s Winter Adventures. It outlines everything you need to know, all in one place, so that all you need to figure out is: What excursions are you in the mood for today?
California is home to one of the nation’s most beautiful and surf-friendly coasts and stunning snow-covered mountain ranges. From the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the redwood-lined shores of the north, to the family friendly mountains and picturesque beaches in the south, it’s a wonderland of surf and snow opportunities. With enough planning, you can easily pull off a “twofer” – surf in the morning, ski or snowboard that afternoon.
Here’s a guide to four of our favorite twofers the Golden State has to offer.
California is known around the globe for its world-class peaks, resorts, and mountains. If you're going to ride here, you should know where to go, what to do, eat, and where to stay. That's why we've compiled TransWorld SNOWboarding's California Snow Guide, which features some of the top resorts in California for snowboarders who are looking to make the absolute best of their time in the Golden State.
Skiing in the Golden State offers more than perfectly blue days and groomers to schuss. The Sierra Nevada mountains, extending 400 miles along the state’s eastern edge, are a catcher’s mitt for storms that brew on the Pacific Ocean and move across land with a lot of moisture. That means plenty of snow – more than 800 inches on a good year. The best part? When it’s not snowing, it’s a bright, clear day of sunshine.
For those looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure this winter, California is the perfect destination. From chasing snow to exploring seemingly endless coastline, or escaping city life in favor of an eclectic desert experience, this state truly has something for everyone.
Here’s our guide to California's off-the-beaten-path winter adventures.