We can always depend on the mountains surrounding our Northern Nevada home to treat us to a beautiful winter snowscape. No matter which way we travel, wintertime means snow in any direction. Some of my favorite California snow country is less than a daytrip away.
Driving to Sacramento means a lovely view of Donner Pass, California. It’s an entirely different scene than its summer appearance.
|Donner Pass in the Summer, overlooking Donner Lake|
|near the top of Sugar Bowl|
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is located in Norden along Donner Pass. The resort is 76 years old this month! You’ll see snowboarders as well as skiers enjoying the fluffy white stuff that covers the area.
Wheeler Crest, also known as Wheeler Ridge, extends about eight miles between Inyo and Mono Counties, California. Part of it lies within the John Muir Wilderness. Nearby areas include the town of Mammoth Lakes and city of Bishop. It’s a picturesque way to head to Palmdale and the San Fernando Valley when the roads are open.
|Bighorn ram munching snow at Wheeler Crest|
Bass Lake is located on the western slope of the High Sierras, several miles from Yosemite Forks in Madera County. We’ve camped and fished in the area, taking time out to enjoy the farmer’s markets and boat show.
|Bass Lake in the wintertime.|
Even a day trip requires a backup plan. I carry extra blankets, emergency rations, water, and flashlights with good batteries. Wireless service is nonexistent in much of the area. We let a friend or relative know our route and plans and establish check-in times in case they have to alert the authorities. I also carry toys, books, and games to while away the time.
I’m glad to see and enjoy so much of this natural beauty throughout the seasons.What's your favorite place to visit?