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Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

129

Rank in
Region

1

Rank in
State

16

This resort is often compared with:

Heavenly
Mammoth
Squaw Valley
Best time for snow at
China Peak
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at China Peak

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
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Night
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Night
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Night
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True Snow: 300" per year
Snow Quality Rank

127

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

105

China Peak is ranked No. 105 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

5.0%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

25.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

40.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

105

China Peak is ranked No. 105 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

127

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of China Peak

Core Strengths
Travel Ease
rank
104
score
48.6
Snow Volume
rank
105
score
49.9
Expert
rank
112
score
33.4

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1679 ft

8709 ft
Base Elevation: 7030 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at China Peak

China Peak has no detail snow data, but we estimate 300 inches snowfall, somewhat less than similarly situated western Sierra areas farther north. China Peak is forested to its 8,700 foot summit, so powder skiing can be good even on severe storm days. Average snow density of 12% is not the blower of the Rockies but easily managed on modern fat rockered skis.

Accumulation and Preservation

China Peak's early season accumulation is usually a bit more gradual than at Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge to the north. California droughts can be extreme, so even the snowiest areas are less than ¼ open at Christmas in the worst 15% of seasons. China Peak is about half north-facing but tops out at 8,700 feet, so overall snow preservation is about average for California.