Skiing & Snowboarding

Five people carrying backpacks ski on a snow-covered route through a mountain valley.
Skiers on the park highway route in the Southwest Area.

Lassen receives up to 30 feet of snow each year. Skiing and snowboarding is often possible approximately December through May, depending on the snowpack. When planning to ski or snowboard in the park, please note:

  • There are no groomed routes in the park.
  • There are no equipment rentals in the park.
  • There are no lifts in the park. Lassen Ski Area, located above the present-day Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, closed in 1994. The area is still used by backcountry skier and snowboarders.
  • Oversnow travel in the park involves risk. Learn more about winter safety including avalanche safety, recreating in a remote area, and route selection.
  • Winter route conditions are updated as available.
  • Pets are not permitted on snow-covered routes. Leashed pets are permitted in parking areas.
A family poses on cross-country skis

Cross-country Skiing

The snow-covered park highway is best for beginner to immediate cross-country skiers and can be accessed from the park's northwest and southwest entrances. View oversnow routes in the Manzanita Lake Area (beginner/intermediate) or Southwest Area (intermediate/advanced). Just south of the park, the McGowan Cross-Country Ski Area in Lassen National Forest also provides additional routes; pets are permitted on Forest Service trails and routes.

Backcountry skiers enjoy a view of Lassen Peak

Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding

Lassen's backcountry is recommended only for experienced backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Backcountry travel at Lassen requires entering avalanche terrain. Backcountry users should be avalanche aware, carry avalanche gear, and know how to use it. Lassen does not provide an avalanche forecast for the park. Learn more about avalanche safety in the park.

A man skis past another man holding a beacon out toward him
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Be Avalanche Aware

Visitors who plan to travel over snow should be avalanche aware, carry avalanche gear, and know how to use it.


Last updated: March 10, 2021

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