From towering redwoods to picturesque vineyards to views of the Pacific Ocean, Northern California has it all. In the colder seasons, this area also offers some of the best terrains for skiing and snowboarding. If you’re a fan of winter recreational activities, then you need to experience Northern CA skiing. We’ve outlined the best spots for skiing in Northern California that are within driving distance from the Courtwood Inn in Murphys, CA.
Our rustic yet elegant bed and breakfast, the Courtwood Inn, is the perfect place to stay when you are embarking on winter adventures. For a full list of the area’s best restaurants, activities, events, and attractions, then take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide.
The Best Spots for Northern CA Skiing
If you want to know where to go skiing in Northern CA, we’ve got you covered. Just keep reading!
Bear Valley Resort
Nestled off of Scenic Highway 4, less than an hour drive away from the Courtwood Inn, you’ll find Bear Valley nestled amongst the beautiful Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. The summit of the Bear Valley Mountain reaches 8,500 feet and receives an average natural snowfall of 30 feet annually. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced adventurer, Bear Valley has everything you need to hit the slopes. You can get season passes, lessons, equipment rentals, and lift tickets all in one place. After all of the excitement, grab a bite to eat in one of their fabulous eateries, perhaps the Grizzly Lounge.
If you continue to travel a bit more north towards the Eldorado National Forest and South Lake Tahoe, you’ll find Sierra-at-Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe is recognized as one of the largest Lake Tahoe skiing resort areas. It features 14 chairlifts, a 2000-acre terrain park, and over 2000 feet of vertical land. If you have a desire to ski, snowboard, or tube, this is the place for you. If you’d rather take in the views of picturesque landscape at a slower pace, perhaps you try snowshoeing. At Sierra-at-Tahoe, you’ll find miles of snowshoe trails that wind through scenic hideaways and pristine alpine mountain environment.
Rest Your Head at the Courtwood Inn
As you embark on your skiing adventure, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to rest your head and get a rejuvenating night of sleep. Why not do it in a spectacular cedar lodge? Our peaceful retreat, we call the Courtwood Inn, sits on a tranquil, 5-acre hilltop and is built with our guests’ comfort in mind. Before you hit the hay after your busy day, stop by our complimentary daily happy hour. We’ll be serving up artisanal cheeses, crackers, and fruit along with local California wine. Then, as you gear up for your day of snowy excursions, fuel up with a multi-course breakfast in our dining room. Each breakfast begins with the wonderful aroma of fresh brewed, locally roasted coffee made especially for us by Gold Country Roasters. Then, you’ll be treated to either a sweet or savory breakfast entrée, along with homemade muffins or scones.
If you’re a nature lover, you can’t go wrong with our Davis Cup Room. This room comes with an additional entrance off the lower level private patio, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the views of mountains and lush forests. You’re sure to enjoy the fine detail to decorations, such as the Cherry wood sleigh bed adorned in a light mint color. If you’re ready to start planning your next getaway to Northern California and desire to stay in the charming town of Murphys, check our availability today and book your favorite room or suite. We can’t wait to meet you!