Winter is when little sun ‘shipers become snow bunnies. Fall showers means that up north there’s already a beautiful blanket of white. So kids, meet a mysterious things called mittens and get ready for sledding, snow ball fights and chilly noses. These spots, all an easy drive from LA (and some are even right in the city!), feature skiing and sledding and serious shredding for kids of all ages.

Big Bear Lake

Winter in Big Bear is pint-sized paradise in every sense of the word. Whether your tots are avid skiers, newbie snowboarders or just want to go tubing for the day, Big Bear’s got you covered. For mini shredders, Bear Mountain provides the only Riglet terrain-based program in So Cal, offering kiddos (ages 3–6) the ultimate opportunity to board in a fun and safe environment. If you’re into tubing, swing by the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play for hours of icy fun. Each facility offers a Magic Carpet conveyor belt ride to the top, eliminating the huffing and puffing of lugging your tube (and inevitably your kids’ tubes) up the hill. After a chilly play day, hot cocoa always hits the spot, and our inside tip of the day is that the best in town can be found at Amangela’s Sandwich and Bagel House in Big Bear Village.

“Cool” tip: Got toddlers? Both Alpine Slide and Snow Play have toddler areas and kiddie runs.

Bear Mountain
43101 Goldmine Dr.
Big Bear Lake
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photo: Big Bear Snow Play

Where does your crew go to check out the snow? Let us know!

–Jennifer O’Brien