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Plenty Still To Enjoy For Summer At California Resorts

Mammoth-Gondola Despite Covid restrictions, there's plenty do, see and simply enjoy at California resorts this summer. (Mammoth Mountain/Facebook)

Californians love the out-of-doors but COVID has put some reins on that. However, the mountains still beckon as one place that can be safe to go -- and give the sun-and-fun fix they crave.

Most ski and snowboard resorts have reduced or tightened up their summer offerings, with restrictions in place for all online ticketing, social distancing, sanitizing, and group gatherings.

Here's a look at some of what's going on during the hot months in the Golden State:

Snow Valley sells an all-inclusive season pass -- for the scenic chair, hiking and biking -- rather than individual activity tickets.

At Big Bear's renowned bike park, you can buy a day, four-day, or season pass that includes lift access. Or, buy a day pass for scenic rides and hiking off the chair. All purchases must be made online.

Mt. Baldy opens Friday-Sunday with scenic chair tickets and disc golf purchased by the day -- all online. Check to see if zipline is open. 

Limited operations define Squaw Valley's summer. No tram or High Camp activities, but there will be hiking and biking -- plus Via Ferrata guided climbing up The Tram Face with half- and full-day rates.

Known for its three-week camps for kids, Sugar Bowlwill run them but with tightened schedules. Overnights aren't for sure, and if camps must be canceled, the resort will do so 4-6 weeks ahead of start date. 

At Boreal, Woodward Tahoe has already canceled June camps -- as have overnights -- but day, half-week and week camps held inside or outside -- with lift access -- are on the schedule and tickets sold online. Management says it will keep a close eye on state mandates, and update camp info regularly.

On weekends only, China Peak's bike park, scenic chairlift, and disc golf will be operating. Buy online. The resort has added watersports on nearby Huntington Lake.

At Mammoth Mountain, you can hit the bike park -- with trails for both experienced and beginner riders -- or ride the scenic gondola for hiking, or book a private Via Ferrata tour. Tickets available only online for day, four-pack, or season access.

Tahoe's only lift-access bike park at Northstar is open. Both daily and all-summer passes are limited in number, with discounts online and a few day tickets sold on site. Early-bird pass gets you on lift ahead of the crowds. What's open may vary.

South of Lake Tahoe, loop the disc golf course or hit the miles of biking and hiking trails at Kirkwood





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