China Peak Ski Resort

China Peak Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Big Bar, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where China Peak stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

China Peak is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

China Peak is a part of the Powder Alliance pass network. This pass allows you to buy a season ticket at your home slope, then be able to use it to ski up to three free days at the rest of the participating resorts.

China Peak Lodging:

China Peak Ski Resort Terrain Overview

China Peak has a total of 52 ski trails, which are serviced by 11 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,400 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 567 hectares, 2 square miles, or 6 square kilometers.

China Peak's slopes see on average 288 inches (113 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 24 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
1,400(6 km2)
Annual Snowfall
288"(113 cm)

China Peak Ski Resort Elevation

China Peak Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 8,709 feet, or 2,654 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,030 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,679 feet (512 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 8,709 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,709'(2,654 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,679'(512 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,030'(2,143 m)

China Peak Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
63.8out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
China Peak's difficulty level of 63.8 is above average. 89% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

China Peak has 1,400 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

China Peak's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 28% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 61% as expert.
11%(154 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
28%(392 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
61%(854 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is China Peak Ski Resort good for beginners?

China Peak is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 39% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

China Peak Ski Resort Location

China Peak Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Big Bar, CA.

Big Bar, CA 96010 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
40.90000, -123.34000

Getting to China Peak Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (China Peak Ski Resort), its coordinates of 40.90000, -123.34000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Big Bar, CA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to China Peak Ski Resort.

Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA178 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to China Peak.

California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County AirportACVArcata/Eureka, CA40 mi
Redding Municipal AirportRDDRedding, CA61 mi
Jack Mc Namara Field AirportCECCrescent City, CA77 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to China Peak Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of China Peak Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mount Shasta Ski ParkMount Shasta, CA6,890 ft44%62 mi
Mountain HighWrightwood, CA8,200 ft52%87 mi
Mount AshlandAshland, OR7,500 ft53%88 mi

China Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation8,709 ft
Base Elevation7,030 ft
Vertical Drop1,679 ft
(11% Beginner,  28% Intermediate,  61% Expert)
Skiable Acres1,400
Avg. Annual Snowfall288 inches
China Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats