Skiing and Snowboarding on the Ikon Pass in California

California is home to a million and one things to do outside. If you’re visiting, then each of those things is something to choose between though, which can mean you spend more time planning your trip than actually enjoying it.

Mammoth Bound is built to help people enjoy our beautiful home of Mammoth Lakes, but today we’re sharing a guide to skiing and snowboarding on the Ikon Pass in California. Check it out to see where to ski and snowboard on the Ikon pass in California, then use Mammoth Bound to find the best deals on lodging and rentals in Mammoth Lakes for your next visit!

Bear Mountain

If you want to enjoy the sun, beaches, and cities in Southern California while still getting time on the snow then Bear Mountain is the choice for you!

Bear Mountain is an easy day trip from Los Angeles and most of Southern California, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great skiing and snowboarding there. In fact, Bear Mountain consists of two mountains, Big Bear and Snow Summit, so that you get twice as many options for terrain and snow.

Mammoth Mountain

Moving further north along the Sierras, you’ll find Mammoth Mountain on the eastern side of the range.

Mammoth Mountain is our clear favorite since we live here in Mammoth Lakes, but it’s also the favorite mountain of people all over California and the world. Mammoth combines heavy Sierra snowfall, the highest lift-serviced peak in California, and 3,500 acres of beautiful terrain for one of the best skiing and snowboarding experiences in the world.

Don’t take our word for it though. Look for the list of professional and even Olympian skiers and snowboarders who have called Mammoth home to see what we mean!

June Mountain

June Mountain is one of the lesser-known California mountains on the Ikon, but it packs just as much of a punch as any other.

June is located just north of Mammoth and has incredible terrain, snow, and a culture that you won’t find anywhere else. On top of that, June offers all the same expert terrain of the other mountains on this list along with a laid-back atmosphere and fewer people in the lift lines. In fact, same day passes from Mammoth Mountain are valid at June so you can escape the most crowded days and enjoy incredible slopes!

Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Meadows

When most people think of California skiing and snowboarding, they can’t help but see Lake Tahoe. Ikon skiers and snowboarders have access to plenty of Tahoe terrain thanks to Palisades Tahoe and Alpine Meadows.

Although they’re two different mountains, both are included in one resort so that skiers and snowboarders have 6,000 acres of skiable terrain to choose from at Palisades. At either resort you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the lake, mountain peaks, and snowy slopes just before you ski down them.

Plus, since Palisades is located closer to cities you have more options for traveling to other parts of California!

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