Winter is a beautiful time to explore the Sierra National Forest. There are many forms of winter recreation. They include: snowmobiling, cross-country (Nordic) skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow camping, all terrain vehicles and just playing in the snow. Most winter activities can be enjoyed from your cabin door!
Enjoy your visit to this winter wonderland! You will need a Sno-Park permit to access many of these outdoor activities, which can be purchased in our General Store. Click here for more information about the Sno-Park passes.
Cross-country skiing (also known as Nordic skiing or ski touring) is the fastest growing winter sport in California. It requires less commercial investment and fewer beginning skills. Most importantly, any area with snow cover and relatively flat ground can be the playground of the Nordic skier. While any snow-covered forest road or trail can be used, the Sierra National Forest has also developed several marked ski trails along Highway 168. Most of the trails are between the 7,000 and 7,500 elevation. They range in length and difficulty from a one-mile beginner trail at Huntington Lake to six mile advanced trail near Highway 168 and Tamarack Ridge. Click here to go to a list of Cross-Country Skiing Trails in the area.
Lakeshore Resort offers Snowmobile Rentals so you can explore the Sierra National Forest network of groomed and ungroomed snowmobile trails available in the Huntington Lake/ Tamarack Area. There are trails for all levels of experience from easiest to most difficult. Click here to visit this site for details about local trails. Be aware: snowmobiles are not allowed in wilderness areas or on cross-country ski trails. Click here to visit the Sierra National Forest website for information regarding snowmobile guidelines.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
China Peak Ski Area offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. The resort is located just 2.5 miles from Lakeshore Resort. China Peak offers excellent opportunities for the beginner, intermediate and advanced skier or snowboarder.
Come and enjoy a day of winter fun!
WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY
Be aware of the hazards of winter travel. Harsh conditions of wind, cold, snow or whiteout can turn an outing into a tragedy. Knowledge of the area, weather, route and limitations of your body and equipment, plus a little common sense can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Review the following Winter Tips before travel:
- Check the weather and the CHP reports at http://www.dot.ca.gov. CHP will close the roads if they determine driving conditions to be too unsafe. Cal-Trans works very hard to keep the roads open and safe. Cal Trans No. 1-800-427-7623
- Always carry chains and know how to use them. The CHP will not let you travel either up or down the mountain in adverse conditions without chains. Chains are less costly to buy in the valley!
- Know where you are going and give yourself extra time to travel. Fresno to Lakeshore is 1-1/2 hours on a clear, dry day. Allow an extra hour on a stormy day or after a fresh snow.
- Make sure your car radiator has anti-freeze in it, check that your battery is good, that you have a full tank of gas and your windshield wipers work. Gas stations may not be open nearby.
- In your car, bring an extra blanket, flashlight, a small shovel, and a window scraper or whiskbroom to clean the snow and ice off of your windshield.
- If caught at the resort in a blizzard, you can help us by helping yourself. It is safer not to leave during a blizzard but wait until it is over. The saloon, restaurant, and general store are available to our guests during our regular hours.
- We do our best to plow the resort roads and driveways and if we have time and have plenty of staff, the stairs and entrances to your cabin will be shoveled. This is usually done on the day of your arrival, however, if it is snowing, we may not be able to keep up with the shoveling so we ask that you help yourselves.
- We have no control over the weather or other acts of man or nature. We do our best to help our guests if problems arise. Please notify any on duty personnel as soon as possible, if it is late and a problem can wait until the next day we would appreciate your consideration.
- Beware of falling snow. When the trees and roofs of buildings are heavy with snow and the wind blows, park and remain away from these areas as much as possible. We are not responsible for falling limbs, snow, ice or trees.