Whether you’re an avid skier, a thrill-seeking snowboarder, or simply can’t get enough sledding, a day of snow fun can always be enjoyed super close to LA. We’ve rounded up eight awesome resorts that cater to snow lovers of all skills levels – even those who prefer to just watch it fall while sipping hot chocolate.

Mountain High Resort

Wouldn’t it be groovy to spend less time on the road and more time playing in the snow? Located just an hour and half away from Los Angeles, Mountain High is the perfect place to getaway for a fun day of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. With an incredible snow system that covers 80% of the mountain, the resort strives to make the very best conditions consistently possible for its visitors. There are East, West and North sections of the mountain, but your ticket is good at all (yes, all) locations and it’s super easy to experience with their free shuttle service. First time skiers and snowboarders (or ones just looking to brush up on their skills) can take advantage of lessons from a wide variety of highly experienced instructors. And if tubing’s more your jam, they’ve got you covered with the North Pole Tubing Park that features 10 lanes and two moving carpets to help lessen your wait time.

Mountain High Resort
24510 CA-2
Wrightwood
888-754-7878
Online: mthigh.com

Snow Valley Mountain Resort

As one of the last family-owned and operated ski areas in California, Snow Valley is a super welcoming resort for a day of powdery fun. Conveniently located in Running Springs, just 30 minutes from the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, the resort features SoCal’s only chairlift serviced sledding area and some of the longest runs in the region, making it the perfect place for kids (young and old) to sled to their heart’s content. Snow Valley also features award-winning ski and snowboarding lessons (both half-day and full) for all skill levels. Night skiing is also offered until 8 p.m. most days, weather permitting.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 CA-18
Running Springs
909-867-2751
Online: snow-valley.com

Mt. Baldy

Mt. Baldy is by far the closest mountain resort in Southern California. Located just 20 miles outside of LA, it’s the perfect way to work in some snow play without much road time. The mountain features four chair lifts that provide access to skiing and snowboarding on a wide variety of terrain. There is also a tubing park at the ;top of the Sugar Pine Chairlift where families can purchase tickets for 90-minute tubing sessions. When hunger strikes, be sure to stop by Top of the Notch for a unique dining experience and some of the most breathtaking views in Southern California.

Mt. Baldy
8401 Mt. Baldy Rd.
Mt. Baldy
909-982-0800
Online: winter.mtbaldyresort.com

Bear Mountain

As one half of Big Bear Mountain Resort, Bear Mountain is just 3 hours from LA, is home to many world-class skiers and snowboarders, and features SoCal’s only halfpipes. It also showcases the largest learning area in the region which attracts some of the best instructors working today. From Red Bull Plaza to Skill Builder Park, Bear Mountain’s terrain parks challenge cater to visitors of all ages and abilities. In fact their terrain parks are ranked top ten best snowboarding terrain parks in North America by TransWorld SNOWboarding.

Bear Mountain
43101 Goldmine Dr.
Big Bear Lake
Online: bigbearmountainresort.com/winter/mountains/mountains/bear-mountain

Snow Summit

Snow Summit makes up the other half of the Big Bear Mountain Resort. With over 240 acres of skiable terrain and 27 awesome trails for all skill levels, it’s a swell places to hit the slopes whether you’re a newbie or a pro. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Snow Summit features Grizzly Ridge Tube Park with three tubing lanes that are groomed daily and a moving carpet to take you up the hill – you’re feet will thank you!

Snow Summit
880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake
Online: bigbearmountainresort.com/winter/mountains/mountains/snow-summit

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

Looking to create your own Cool Runnings moment? Check out the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain for an authentic bobsledding experience year-round. In addition to the slide, you can also go snow tubing. With five runs, a deep snow pack and a covered magic carpet to take you up the hill, Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is a swell place to spend the day frolicking in the powder. Evening tubing sessions are available as well.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wild Rose Ln.
Big Bear Lake
909-866-4626
Online: alpineslidebigbear.com

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

Tucked away in the San Bernardino National Forest, is Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park, SoCal’s oldest and largest snow tubing park. Beginner, intermediate and advanced runs are available to riders so there’s definitely something for everyone in the family. Hours are subject to change due to weather and road conditions so be sure to call ahead and check with the park before you head out there.

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park
34600 Hwy 18
Running Springs
909-867-2640
Online: snowdrift.net

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mount San Jacinto Park

Though Palm Springs isn’t exactly the first place most people think of to enjoy a day of snow fun, it’s only short ride up the mountain to do just that. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up, up and away to the top of Mount San Jacinto Park. Once you reach the top, you can do everything from go snowshoeing and cross country skiing to sledding and snow camping. Have fun!

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs
888-515-8726
Online: pstramway.com

– Jennifer O’Brien

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