Rim Nordic Ski Area, Snow Valley: This cross-country and snowshoeing center is on Highway 18 between Running Springs and Big Bear Lake. Equipment rentals are $8 to $15, trail passes are $10 to $17 (kids 10 and younger are free). Lessons available. (909) 867-2600, http://www.rimnordic.com.
Palm Springs Tramway: Ascend nearly 6,000 feet during a 10-minute tram ride from the desert floor to the mountains overlooking Palm Springs, then snowshoe through Long Valley. Tram tickets $16.25-$23.25. Snowshoe rentals available at the Tram's Adventure Center, $18. (888) 515-8726 (TRAM), http://www.pstramway.com/snow-shoeing.html.
Big Bear Discovery Center, Big Bear Lake: Outdoor adventure center, operated by the nonprofit San Bernardino National Forest Assn., offers three-hour training and fun snowshoe trips on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Adults are $35 and kids are $25. Equipment and local transportation included, (909) 382-2790, http://www.nationalforestassociation.org/bigbeardiscoverycenter.php.
Sierra Club: Winter snow sports outings, including snowshoe trips, (213) 387-4287, http://www.angeles.sierraclub.org/index.asp.
REI Outdoor School: Sports outfitter schedules snowshoe training courses and trips throughout the winter, $75 for members, $95 for nonmembers, (909) 646-8360, http://www.rei.com/outdoorschool/162.
Mammoth Mountain: Play in the woods at Tamarack Nordic Center, where snowshoe trails, lessons and naturalist-led trips are available. Day passes are $15-$27, rentals available, (760) 934-2571, http://www.mammothmountain.com/MountainActivities/WinterActivities/CrossCountrySkiing.
Yosemite National Park: All trails in the park are open to winter use; rentals are available at the Cross-Country Center and cost $18.50-$22.50. Maps available at the center or from the Badger Pass Ranger Station, (209) 372-8444, http://www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass_Snowshoeing.aspx.
Bear Valley Mountain Resort: This Central Sierra Nevada ski area, in the Stanislaus National Forest between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, offers a variety of guided snowshoeing trips, including a half-day trip planned for showshoers and their dogs ($50). (209) 753-6556, http://www.mtadventure.com/pages/snowshoeing.html.
Lake Tahoe region: Snowshoe trails, lessons, rentals, guided trips and moonlight snowshoe tours are available at several Tahoe area resorts, including Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, (530) 562-3270, http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/ski/crosscountry.asp; Kirkwood Mountain Resort, (209) 258-7248, http://www.kirkwood.com/pages/x-countrycenter/overview.asp; and Squaw Valley USA, (530) 583-6985, http://www.squaw.com/squaw-valley-usa-tubbs-present-guided-full-moon-snowshoe-tours.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon: Snowshoe walks are usually offered on Saturdays and holidays at Wuksachi Lodge and Grant Grove. (559) 565-4307, http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/skiing.htm.