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California Ski Resorts - Los Angeles

Southern California Ski Resorts Overview

Inland Empire

Alpine skiing near Los Angeles is offered by large-scale resorts as well as small community ski areas. Most ski resorts provide ski rental, food services and ski lessons where you can learn how to ski or snowboard. From the steeps of Mt. Baldy to the many popular ski resorts of Big Bear, California ski resorts are skiing and snowboarding friendly and many now offer terrain parks. Be sure to check the resort websites for a snow report and winter vacation packages.

Beginner = Beginner    Intermediate = Intermediate   Advanced= Advanced    Expert= Expert    Cross Country = Cross-Country

SOCAL SKI REPORT

Southern California Ski Resorts

Mountain High Ski Resort is located a short distance off of Interstate 15, northwest of San Bernardino. This is a moderate-size L.A. resort with 59 runs accessed by 14 lifts. Mountain High can be a less crowded alternative to the Big Bear mountain resorts. A snow tubing and beginner area are found at North Park where Sunrise used to be. Skiers and snowboarders can hone their skills at a terrain park. Night skiing is available on weekends. Sign up for ski school to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available.
Beginner 25%   Intermediate 40%   Advanced 35%

MOUNTAIN HIGH SKI REPORT

Mountain High Resort
24510 State Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397
(888) 754-7878

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Bear Mountain is located off Highway 18 at the southern end of Big Bear Lake. This is a moderate-size ski resort with 34 runs accessed by 12 lifts. Bear Mountain can be a less crowded option for skiing in Big Bear. Skiers and snowboarders can test their skills at 3 unique terrain parks featuring everything from halfpipes to a skill building beginner area. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Bear Mountain is home to largest learning area in Southern California. Night skiing is offered on select dates - check their website. Discount lift tickets can sometimes be available at the Big Bear Visitor Center.
Beginner 15%   Intermediate 55%   Advanced 30%

BEAR MOUNTAIN SKI REPORT

Bear Mountain Ski Resort
43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 585-2519

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


Snow Summit is located off Highway 18 in Big Bear Lake. This is a moderate-size ski resort with 31 runs accessed by 14 lifts. This family-friendly resort offers a snow tubing hill and 2 terrain park from beginner jibs to big jumps. Night skiing is offered on select dates - check their website. Their ski school offers the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available.
Beginner 10%   Intermediate 65%   Advanced 25%

SNOW SUMMIT SKI REPORT

Snow Summit Ski Resort
880 Summit Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, California 92315
(909) 866-5766

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


photo courtesy of Snow Valley Ski Resort

Snow Valley is located off Highway 18 just a short distance west of Big Bear Lake. Snow Valley is a moderate-size ski resort with 29 runs accessed by 12 lifts. This is usually the most crowded option in Big Bear, mainly because it's the first resort encountered on the way to Big Bear Lake. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Lift tickets can sometimes be available for a discount at the Big Bear Visitor Center.
Beginner 14%   Intermediate 45%   Advanced 31%    Expert 10%

SNOW VALLEY SKI REPORT

Snow Valley Mountain Ski Resort
35100 State Highway 18
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2751

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


Mt. Waterman Ski Resort is located off Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) This is a small-scale L.A. resort with 27 runs accessed by 3 lifts. Waterman Resort is possibly California's first ski resort and has had an on-again, off-again history. At the time of this writing in 2014, Waterman is open for business whenever a storm is cold enough to dump in the local L.A. mountains. Mt. Waterman is usually only open on weekends.
Beginner 20%   Intermediate 20%   Advanced 60%

Mt. Waterman Ski Resort
Angeles Crest Highway Star Route 2
La Canada, California 91011
(888) 867-3433

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Mt. Baldy Ski Resort

Mt. Baldy is located north of San Bernardino off Highways 10 or 210. This is a small-scale L.A. resort with 26 runs accessed by 4 lifts. Sign up for ski lessons to learn how to ski or snowboard and ski rental is available. Mt. Baldy Road dead ends at the resort parking lot. Top of the Notch is a ski chalet that offer indoor and outdoor seating with expansive views. This is the closest winter resort to Los Angeles and has the least crowds.
Beginner 15%   Intermediate 31%   Advanced 54%

Blog Check out our Blog on Mt. Baldy Ski Resort for more detailed information.

MT. BALDY SKI REPORT

Mt. Baldy
Mt. Baldy Road
Mt. Baldy, CA 91759
(909) 982-0800

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


Cross-Country / Snowshoe

Paddles and Pedals is located on the north shore of Big Bear Lake off Highway 38. They rent bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats and snowshoes. Head out on your own or join a snowshoe tour up the Cougar Crest Trail and along the Pacific Crest Trail. Other destinations include Bertha Peak, Grays Peak and Butler Peak.
Cross Country

Paddles and Pedals
Lighthouse Trailer Resort
40545 North Shore Lane
Big Bear, CA 92314
(909) 936-2907

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San Gorgonio is located off Highway 38 east of Redlands. Trails that lead to the top of Southern California's tallest mountain are open for backcountry snow skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. From the parking area trailhead off Jenks Lake Road, follow the South Fork Trail to Horse Meadows, Poopout Hill, Dry Lake or all the way to San Gorgonio peak for a 22-mile round trip snowshoe adventure. A Wilderness Adventure Pass must be obtained at the Mill Creek Ranger Station prior to heading out. The Ranger Station is located off Highway 38 east of Mentone, before heading into the San Gorgonio wilderness.
Cross Country

San Gorgonio
Jenks Lake Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(888) 515-8726

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The Palm Springs Tram is located off Highway 111 in Palm Springs. Ride 2½ miles in the world's largest rotating tram cars. Climb from the desert floor at 2,600 feet to over 8,500 feet in under 30 minutes to the top of the second highest peak in Southern California. At the top is a restaurant overlooking the entire desert region and a Winter Adventure Center where snowshoe and cross-country ski rental is available Thursdays-Sundays.
Cross Country

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(888) 515-8726

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Snow Cam  |   Other Ideas


The Rim Nordic Ski Area is located off Highway 18 just a short distance west of Big Bear Lake. Situated across the road from Snow Valley Resort, Rim Nordic offers a groomed cross-country trail system with groomed tracks and skating lanes. Snowshoers are also welcome to roam the trails. Cross-country rentals are available on-site along with a gift shop offering snacks.
Cross Country

Rim Nordic Ski Area, Inc.
35100 State Highway 18
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2600

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


San Antonio Ski Hut is owned by the Sierra Club and located on Mt.Baldy. The ski hut is located at 8,200 feet and accessed by a steep 3-mile hike with a 2,200 foot elevation gain. It sleeps up to 24 and offers an outhouse, solar lighting, a fully-equipped kitchen of utensils, dishes and cookware. trailhead starts 1 mile past the locked gate of San Antonio Falls Road.
Advanced 100%    Cross Country

TIP: This is for the advanced skiers and snowboarders only. Avalanche and survival gear is recommended.

San Antonio Ski Hut
San Antonio Falls Road
Mt. Baldy, CA 91759

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Keller Peak Ski Hut is owned by the Sierra Club and located near Big Bear Lake. Exclusively available to Sierra Club members, The ski hut is located at 6,800 feet and accessed by hike or vehicle. It sleeps up to 40 and offers 2 rustic living/dining rooms, 2 dormitory lofts with sleeping pads. Fully equipped kitchen with cookware, dishes, utensils. Furnish your own food, sleeping bag, flashlight and personal necessities. Keller Peak is located between Running Springs and Big Bear Lake across from the Snow Valley Resort parking lot.
Advanced 100%    Cross Country

TIP: This is for the advanced skiers and boarders only. Avalanche and survival gear is recommended.

Keller Peak Ski Hut
35100 State Highway 18
Running Springs, CA 92382

Map  |   Hotel  |   Website  |   Other Ideas

SoCal Weather

Weather at all the L.A. ski resorts including Big Bear, Wrightwood, Mt. Baldy and Waterman.

  • NOTICE: Temporary Drought Update California is in the grip of a severe drought. Very little rain or snow has fallen in recent years and temperatures are warmer than average. Ski resorts have been severely impacted.

  • Caltrans provides current road conditions for San Bernardino all of California.
    (800) 427-7623

  • Snow Chains should be carried in your vehicle when traveling in the Sierras during winter, whether you need them or not.

  • Anticipate being stuck at a road closure - carry water, snacks, warm clothing and blankets to make it through a winter night in your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is not always a guarantee of passage.

  • Drive safe and slow to your comfort level in snow conditions. Don't let other drivers dictate your speed.

The Weather Network

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