Looking for new ways to enjoy family snow days? From adrenaline pumping adventures to gentle forays into a winter wonderland, Bear Valley and the snowy Calaveras County High Sierra corridor have got you covered. Read on for our top 7 favorite ways to enjoy the snow in and near Calaveras County along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway during your next snow day adventure. Remember to always bring chains for your vehicle in case of extreme weather conditions.
Know Before You Go – Swing by the Calaveras Visitors Bureau for a FREE Hop Lightly pack-it-out trash bag, great for diapers, broken sleds, and picnic trash. Wherever you choose to play outdoors, please remember that the Stanislaus National Forest and surrounding areas are home to many species of wild birds and animals that can be seriously harmed by any trash you leave behind. Please pick up after yourself and your family, dress warmly, be safe and have a wonderful time!
1. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Snowshoe
Looking to take in the sights and sounds of winter at a gentler pace? As the saying goes, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Snowshoeing allows you to extend your hiking and jogging through the snowy season, with the addition of specialized snowshoes.
2. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Try a fatbike
Looking for something you’ve never done before? Why not hop on a fatbike this winter? What’s a fatbike, you say? A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires designed for low ground pressure. This low ground pressure allows fatbikes to traverse soft, unstable terrain, such as snow. You can rent fatbikes at Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company, or bring your own for your next Calaveras High Sierra adventure.
3. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Ski and/or Snowboard
What makes Bear Valley so special? Bear Valley Resort is the place to be for some epic skiing or snowboarding.
4. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Get Cozy
Who said enjoying winter snow had to mean working up a sweat? Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a wintry view without all the work.
5. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Go Snowmobiling
Looking for an outdoor activity to enjoy with the whole family? Snowmobiling is loved by everyone from kids, to teens, to parents, and grandparents. Unlike a lot of other snow sports, snowmobiling can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of fitness level. So why not get those engines revving and head out into the great unknown? At Bear Valley Snowmobile, you can enjoy scenic views of Lake Alpine, Spicer Reservoir and many other points of interest along the beautifully groomed trails of Stanislaus National Forest.
6. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Go Sledding and/or Tubing
From roadside slopes to pay-to-play facilities with restrooms and sled rentals, we’ve rounded up a handful of options to help you have a safe and fun snow day next time you venture up.
7. Enjoy Snow in Calaveras County – Go Cross Country Skiing
More energy efficient than long distance snowshoeing, cross country skiing is the perfect sport for a variety of interests, allowing you to enjoy quick forays into the woods for an afternoon outing or for those with a little more time available and a sense of adventure, you can venture so deep into a magical winter wilderness you may encounter regions more wild than known. Interested? You’ve come to the right place.
Looking for cross country ski lessons? Cross country ski lessons and gear rentals are available at Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company here.
Staying below the snowline? Explore fun things to do in towns below the snowline through the town information and directories here: Angels Camp I Copperopolis I Mokelumne Hill I Murphys I San Andreas I Valley Springs tri-lake area.
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