The Kern River Valley is really a great place to spend some winter days. Temperatures can be mild for winter, so you can still do lots of hiking and have the trails to yourself. Although it can snow in town, it’s uncommon for a snowfall more than an inch or two, and it usually doesn’t stick for too long. The surrounding peaks can get heavy snows in winter, and the snowy mountain vistas make for wonderful wintery scenery. There is a small ski resort, Alta Sierra, just 25 minutes from Kernville. Depending on winter snows it can be open on certain weekends for skiing, snowboarding or kid’s tubing. You can drive up to the area for some roadside snow-tubing with the kids. But perhaps one of the most pleasant aspects of winter after a day of trekking is simply sitting by a cozy fireplace and relaxing at your Sierra hideaway.