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Skiing in Los Angeles 

The allure of year-round sunshine and limitless opportunity brings people to Los Angeles. Those who have been here know, and those who stay here will learn, that there is so much more to LA than standard SoCal living.


We are blessed with panoramic ocean views and city streets, and we are also close to reserves, deserts, and mountains. Snow-covered peaks are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and sledding in the winter months.


There are many ski resorts within a short driving distance of LA, so we have compiled a list of nearby resorts you can head to for some snowy fun over the next few months!


1. Big Bear Mountain

Big Bear Mountain Resort consists of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, two renowned mountains for their long-lasting snowy season and smooth terrain.


Any of the nineteen available lifts can get you to both mountains, and skiing both on the same day means there are over 58 possible runs across more than 400 acres.


More advanced skiers appreciate Bear Mountain for its peak, with an elevation of 8,805 feet tall. Skiers of all levels can take on Snow Summit, which peaks at 8,200 feet, with confidence.


Tubing is also an option at Snow Summit, and it is a fun activity for anyone who likes some adrenaline without the intensity of skiing or snowboarding. There are three tubing lanes to choose from, and all are 300 feet long.


Lessons are available for people of all ages ($90-$435). Lift tickets ($40-$145/person) and tubing tickets ($20-$30/person) are available on their website.


2. Mt. Baldy Resort

Mt. Baldy is an incredibly popular mountain amongst Angelenos due to its proximity to the city. Snow perfect for skiing is just 20 miles away!


Skiable terrain runs over 4,000 acres, and there is space for people of all ages and skill levels to ski and snowboard. A quick 20-minute lift ride will carry you up to 7,800 feet. Here you can eat, play games, and access slopes.


It’s important to note that not only does Mt. Baldy provide a ton of snowy fun, there are also beautiful views of the ocean to soak in during your ride up the mountain.


Lessons and tubing are available at Mt. Baldy as well, with each reserved tubing slot lasting about three hours. Ski classes are around $200. Tubing costs around $60/person, and lift rides are less than $30/person when booked online.


3. Mountain High Resort

Mountain High is only about 2.5 hours away, and it’s a popular location for families. Kids love Yeti Park, where they can play in the snow, go tubing, and take a lift ride. There are three packages to choose from for Yeti Park.


There is an East, West, and North mountain, and a lift ticket can get you to each mountain on the same day. The resort also has restaurants and shops.


Lessons are available, and all tickets and reservations must be made online before arriving.


4. Mt. Waterman Ski Lifts

More than half of Mt. Waterman’s terrain is accessible to advanced skiers. 


Thirty-five percent of the mountain is designed for skiers at beginner and intermediate levels, but beginners and intermediate skiers should consider taking lessons at the resort. Lesson prices range from $50-$100. 


There are scenic lift rides for those who aren’t a fan of skiing, and there is a small, warm hut with cocoa. Mt. Waterman isn’t that suitable for kids, but for those that do come, it’s fun to build snowmen and watch the skiers zoom by!


Lift tickets and day passes range from $10 to $70.


5. Snow Valley

People of all skill levels can find a fun, snow-filled activity to enjoy at Snow Valley. Sledding at Snow Valley is easier than any other resort, with a chairlift available to carry sledders back up to the top. Snow Valley is the only ski resort in Southern California to have a chairlift for sledding!


Their beginner and intermediate trails are also excellent. And for any skiers looking to improve, Snow Valley provides lessons through their award-winning Learning Centers. 


Have fun with the family and put your skills to the test with the best instructors around!


One Last Thing


Before hitting the actual slopes, check out Virtual Snow LA for indoor ski lessons for a bit of practice!