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Regardless if you’re a powder hound or a sunshine kitten, winter in the High Sierra is a great time to visit. Don’t know what to do or just looking to switch it up a bit? Here’s three unforgettable High Sierra winter experiences to inspire your travels this year.

Go On A Dog Sledding Adventure

For more wintry bucket list adventures in North Tahoe

dogsledding in the High Sierra
Photo by: Tom Zikas – Image appears courtesy: North Tahoe Tourism Bureau

If you’re near Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows, get your “mush” on into the meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains Creek with Wilderness Adventures. The tours last a little over an hour and provide a refreshing perspective through the valley. The sleds hold up to 500 pounds & up to 2 adults plus 2 children. It’s an experience well suited for any age and all levels of fitness, including people with disabilities. Afterwards, check out one of these four ways to partake in après after a day of adventuring.

Snowmobile Into The Wilderness

For more winter fun in and around Calaveras County

Bear Valley Snowmobiling winter fun in the High Sierra
Image Appears Courtesy: Calaveras County Tourism Bureau – Photo by: Instagrammer-@alyxfairman

For those that have gasoline running in their veins and want to explore the wilderness on their own terms, look no further than Bear Valley. In fact, it’s the ONLY trail system in California where you can go out into the wilderness without a tour guide. Enjoy the mountain scenery covered in a blanket of snow minus the sub-zero temps you’d find in other parts of the country.

Enjoy A Winter Hike

Explore all the winter fun to be had in Tuolumne County

Hetch Hetchy Winter Hiking in Tuolumne County and the High Sierra
Image appears courtesy – Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau

Hiking? In Winter? Yup, even in the High Sierra there are places to go for great winter hikes. One to definitely consider is Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park. While high temperatures prevail in the summer months, this time of year provides comfy weather and an awesome time to check out the water falls such as Wapama Falls. Together with the low angle winter sun, you can capture some of the most stunning photos of the year. If that isn’t enough, here’s twenty more ways to experience Tuolumne County in winter.

If you’ve never visited the High Sierra in the winter, these three unforgettable experiences will show you why you’ve been missing out!

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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