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California Bowl

Lake Tahoe

Fantastic bowl area!

Freeride Skiing Difficult

8.1 km
893 m
1.1 km
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.6 km
California Bowl Map

California Bowl is an awesome bowl area located in the Elephants back area of the Roundtop/Deadwood Backcountry ski area. It can be accessed via any of the trails in the Elephants Headwall area. You must do a small uphill catwalk to reach some of the further lines but its totally worth it. The one downside is the Southeast exposure which can result in some variable snow. On good days however, this is the place to be!



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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