The resort features 45 trails and a summit elevation of just over 8,700 feet, all about 70 miles from Fresno.
Opened in 1958, China Peak continues to be a popular and easily accessible destination for Californians to get their first taste of skiing, with a number of trails devoted to beginners. There are also options for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, including several double black-diamond trails, not to mention the rails, spines and boxes of Tollhouse Park.
There also is an on-mountain equipment rental facility. Meanwhile, China Peak has numerous dining options on the mountain, plus slope-side lodging at The Inn at China Peak.
The season at China Peak Mountain Resort generally runs from early December to late March. Because it is a popular destination, it’s a good idea to avoid holidays and weekends if possible. While January is normally the coldest month, February through March are your best bet for good snow and California’s famous bluebird days.
For the 2020/2021 season, full-day and half-day lift tickets at China Peak Mountain Resort can be purchased online or at the resort. However, to avoid lines and make the most of your day on the mountain, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.
Adult (30–64) Full-day adult lift tickets at China Peak Mountain Resort range from $104 to $109 depending on whether or not you visit on a holiday. Half-day tickets range from $79 to $83, and are valid from 12:30–4 pm every day the resort is open.
Senior (65+) Seniors are offered a discounted lift ticket rate at China Peak Mountain Resort. Full-day lift tickets cost between $89 and $93, while half-day tickets range from $68 to $72.
Youth (13–29) China Peak Mountain Resort lift tickets for teenagers and young adults are slightly less costly than adult tickets, ranging from $78 to $82 for the full day, and $60 to $63 for a half day.
Child (6–12) Children over the age of 6 can ski at China Peak Mountain Resort for the full day for $46 to $48. Half-day children’s lift tickets cost between $30 and $32. Children under the age of 5 can ski for free.
China Peak Mountain Resort is part of the Powder Alliance season pass program. If you purchase a China Peak Black Pass, you will have access to resorts throughout the western United States, British Columbia and several other international ski destinations.
The ski area has a ski and snowboard school offering private and group lessons for kids and adults, as well as an adaptive snow sports program. Make sure to reserve a place at the ski school in advance of your visit to ensure availability.
The Inn at China Peak is the closest hotel to the China Peak Mountain Resort slopes, and guests will find a variety of accommodation options available, as well as the on-site restaurant and JW’s Original Bar – an après-ski hot spot on the mountain. About 15 minutes from the ski area is Huntington Lake Resort , which has 10 rustic cabins with dining and living room areas and patios with views to the lake. In the nearby village of Shaver Lake, the Elliott House Bed & Breakfast has luxurious feather beds with goose-down comforters, not to mention jetted tubs. Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast, as well as California wines and homemade treats after coming off the slopes.
It takes about an hour and a half to drive to China Peak Mountain Resort from the Fresno International Airport. There is a China Peak Express Bus that offers round-trip rides from Fresno, as well as San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, during the season, although the schedule is subject to change. The Sequoia Brewing Company in Fresno also has a party bus that has round-trip rides to China Peak on select dates through March as well, with a bus ride and lift ticket package option.