It’s a late season this year but China Peak is open! They got over 7 feet of snow in 2 days and temperatures have cooled enough to make their own snow. You can get updates on the snow report here.
It only takes about an hour and a half to get to China Peak from Fresno. The roads are well maintained so you don’t necessarily need 4-wheel-drive to get up there. Be sure to keep chains in your car at all times just in case.
Most ski resorts in California cost significantly more than China Peak. Some one-day lift ticket prices include:
• Heavenly Lake Tahoe: $114
• Mammoth Mountain: $127
• Big Bear Mountain: $79
• Kirkwood: $87
• Sierra-at-Tahoe: $83
• China Peak: $53-$71
The reason why China Peak’s lift ticket prices vary is because they offer discounts for people in their teens, 20s, and for seniors. Their lift ticket prices include:
|Regular||Holiday*||Anytime* – Online Advance Purchase|
|Senior Plus (70+)||$58||$62||$53|
|20 Something (20-29)||$58||$62||$53|
|Child (5 & under)||Free||Free|
*Note that online lift tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance. Tickets cannot be used on the same day of online purchase.
In crowded ski resorts, you can wait up to an hour for every lift line. China Peak’s wait times are around 5-10 minutes and sometimes you can just walk on with no wait time. So not only are you paying less for your lift ticket, but you also get to ski or snowboard more.
There are 49 runs at China Peak – 4 are double black diamonds, 13 are black diamonds, 27 are blue squares, and 5 are green circles – so there is something for everyone. One of the green circle runs starts at the top of the mountain and goes all the way down to the base, giving beginners a long run to learn how to ski or snowboard. See the trail map here.
If you haven’t gone to China Peak yet, don’t miss the snow this year! Get your lift tickets now!