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Summer Resort Guide: California

The coast is nice, but the mountains really shine during summertime in California.

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in the Summer

Poolside at Squaw Alpine, Calif.
One of our favorite pools.Courtesy of Squaw Alpine

On their own, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows feature more than enough summer activities to entertain anyone. Together? You’re going to need to stay longer than you thought just to scratch the surface of all there is to do. Click here to read about all the activities you can do at Squaw Alpine this summer.

Get funky: Beers, Jazz, and Funk Fest, Aug. 10-11, 2019.

Summer at Northstar

Golfing at Northstar, Calif.
“Go to your happy place…”Courtesy of Northstar

With an expansive golf course and the largest lift-serviced bike park in California, it’s hard to believe this place isn’t busier in the summer. Thankfully, it’s just a little too far for the swarms of Tahoe tourists in the summer, and definitely worth a visit. Click here to see all that Northstar has to offer.

Mandolins and Microbrews: Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival, July 6, 2019.

Mammoth Mountain’s Summer Fun

Chairlift biking at Mammoth, Calif.
Fun for the whole family.Courtesy of Mammoth

The beaches of Southern California are always crowded, unless you’re on the shore of one of the many lakes of Mammoth. For the land-lovers, there’s biking, golfing, and more to keep even the most dour kid entertained. Check out all that Mammoth offers during the summer.

A Bucket List Ride: Mammoth Gran Fondo, Sept. 7, 2019

Summer at Heavenly Mountain Resort

Alpine Coaster at Heavenly, Calif.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme…Courtesy of Heavenly

If you have kids or are just a kid-at-heart, it’s hard to beat the sheer number of fun activities at Heavenly during the summer. Our pick? The new Silver Rush Zip Line tour, where you can speed down the line at over 40 mph with views of both the desert and Lake Tahoe. See more summer activities at Heavenly.

Enjoy a cold one at the Tahoe Brew Fest, June 1, 2019.

Big Bear Mountain Resort’s Summer Activities

Summertime Hikes at Big Bear Resort
A Big Bear stroll.Photo: Lee Stockwell

This mountain resort sits at the trailhead of hundreds of miles of pristine hiking trails through the San Bernadino National Forest. Plus, with lake activities, biking, and golfing, it’s going to take some serious effort not to have a good time at Big Bear during the summer. Check out some of the great activities offered during the summer at this Southern California treasure.

How many alarms can you handle? Big Bear Chili Cook-Off, July 13, 2019.

Looking for more great summer activities at North American ski areas? See the top picks for the Northeast here, or see SKI’s entire summer content channel here.