Hotel California USA mountain resorts offer
winter sports such as skiing and summer
activities such as hiking, fishing and
kayaking in some of the most splendid
settings in all the world. Immortalized in
black & white photographs from famed Ansel
Adams, Yosemite National Parks is awesome to
visit and see. The hotels within the the
parks are situated in Yosemite Valley at the
base of sheer cliffs where waterfalls plunge
to the valley floor.
Two major mountain ranges in
California, The Sierra Nevada and the
Coast Range are quite different. The
largest, the Sierra Nevada range, runs 800
km or 500 miles (112 km wide or 70 mi.) with
elevations between 7000 and 15,000 feet.
October - November usually heralds the
arrival of snow, which continues
throughout the winter.
The famous Mammoth Mountain is bounded on
the west by Sierra Nevada crest. While the
town of Mammoth Lakes is situated at 7,800
feet, Mammoth Mountain rises dramatically to
elevations that exceed 12,000 feet. This
makes Mammoth Mountain a popular destination
for skiers, hikers and mountain bikers.
The Coast Ranges follow an 800-mile course
and average less than 4,000 feet in height.
From the northwest corner of Del Norte
County to the Mexican border, storms that
originate over the Pacific Ocean bring
larger amounts of rainfall to the
western slopes, especially in the Northern
Mount Shasta Volcano in
northern Sierra Nevada rises from a bed of
lava to over 14,400 feet elevation