Calaveras County Winter activities
Home to a wide variety of distinct communities, each with its own personality and wonderfully rich history.
Come to Calaveras County and discover year-round activity and adventure in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. Intertwined in the natural beauty, wonderful climate, and gold-rush history of California, you’ll find no end of fun and interesting things-to-do:
historic and picturesque gold rush towns
award winning foothill vineyards and tasting rooms
micro-breweries and pubs
museums, art galleries, antique shops
gold panning, caving, whitewater rafting tours of the famous Stanislaus River
beautiful golf courses
biking and hiking trails, giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and the Stanislaus National Forest
winter sports activity at Bear Valley Ski Area
fishing, water skiing, houseboat weekends, camping, bicycling, horseback riding and much more..
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Highway 4 @ Highway 207, Bear Valley 95223 [209-753-2301]
Bear Valley Ski Area is the “Family” resort of the Sierra! A world-class winter sports area featuring extensive terrain for every ability with over 1280 acres, 1900′ vertical feet, 67 different runs, a network of 11 lifts and an average annual snowfall of 30 feet. Enjoy our highly acclaimed children’s programs, adult ski and snowboard school and full service day lodge with all the amenities. Bear Valley is Northern California’s most conveniently located winter resort on scenic and all-weather Highway 4.
Bear Valley Mountain Resort is the west coast’s ultimate half pipe and terrain park for snowboarders. Perfect transitions, flawlessly groomed walls and immaculate jumps await at Bear Valley this season, compliments of a Pipe Dragon groomer, Bombardier snowcats, and new title sponsor Snowboard.com.
Big Trees State Park
Big Trees State Park Winter Snowshoeing
Located approximately 3 miles above Arnold Ca. The park charges a fee and offers some groomed Cross-Country trails when snow conditions are adequate. For more information call the Calaveras Countyat [209-795-2334].
Bear Valley Ski Area
Provides a scenic view of the Sierra. Views from the resort drop 3,800 feet into the deep, granite cut of the Mokelumne River. Although Bear Valley is considered a mid-size ski resort, it ranks as the 8th largest ski area in California. The diverse terrain offers skiing excitement for all abilities. With 67 trails serviced by 11 lifts (2 triple, 7 double and 2 surface) that accommodate 12,000 skiers per hour, you’ll spend more time skiing and less time waiting in line. Bear Valley blends genuine hometown service, the most affordable prices imaginable and a mountain to challenge every breed of skier, with a rustic, traditional High Sierra setting.
Bear Valley Cross Country
Cross Country Skiing
#1 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley 95223, [209-753-2834]
The cross country trail system at Bear Valley is one of the largest in the United States. Amenities on the trails include Trailside Huts, Trailside Cafe, trails for kids, picnic tables and park benches, 3,000 acres of ski terrain, a groomed downhill practice area, twin tracks and a skate lane on all trails, and a new kid’s sledding area.
Bear Valley Snow Mobile
132 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley 95223, [209-753-2323]
Experience the High Sierra on our expertly maintained snowmobiles, either on self-guided tours, or with a knowledgeable guide. Bear Valley Snowmobile adventures are for the entire family, so bring your camera and your kids and choose from three beautiful trail areas. Explore our website, then plan your adventure in one of California’s most spectacular settings.
All rentals are late model Ski-doos. All are equipped with hand and thumb warmers, electric starters, and long travel suspensions. All snowmobiles seat two people (max), and there is no charge for the passenger. Renters are required to provide their own transportation to and from the Lake Alpine and Spicer Trailheads (2-4 miles).