One terrain park, Tollhouse - is served by Chair 4 and is the most popular. Here riders can go big without worrying about people dropping in on them.

The mountain’s skiable vertical rivals the Tahoe resorts like Alpine, Northstar, Sierra and Sugar Bowl. You can give your kids some mileage for a warm up on a top-to-bottom Green run, down the 2.25 mile long Academy run. Off Academy there are multiple options for Blue runs, Black runs and some exciting tree skiing.

Now that everyone is warmed up you can try the other 44 trails that cater to every level, from novice to expert. Most trails are designed for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.

What about the crowds. What crowds? China Peak is known for short lines and open terrain. The challenge is having enough energy or stamina to keep going all day.

Speaking of energy, China Peak has 10 restaurants at the resort that satisfy every hungry appetite, from pizza to fine dining. Drinks are available at Sully’s, Jack’s, Buckhorn, the new Base Camp and JW’s.

Once its time to rest. Why not stay nearby to get a jump on the day when the lifts open at 9 a.m. Lakeshore is about five minutes to the north where there are cabins and condos.

Twenty miles to the south, the community of Shaver Lake offers many lodging opportunities. And don’t forget about staying right here at The Inn at China Peak.

The Inn at China Peak is comfortable and cozy. Many rooms have their own bathrooms. However, dorm style rooms with a shared bathroom and shower facilities are available for the frugal. Suites options exist. The Inn now offers huge savings on midweek packages including rooms and lift tickets, which you can see at Kids 5 and under ski for free.

The staff is friendly and enthusiastic about assisting their guests. Also, China Peak is one of the only mountain resorts in the nation to allow on-site RV parking.

Now that you know the answer to “Why ski China Peak?” you have no excuse for not planning a trip in the near future. There are some ticket specials for all active duty and retired military personnel (and their dependents). They can purchase all day lift tickets at half off the regular rates. They are valid any day, including holidays.

Ski or ride for half price on your Birthday. Must present photo ID with date of birth. Not valid on holidays. You can always check out resort details at Ski China Peak or call (559) 233-2500.