Ski and Snowboard season is a great option for those looking to escape the confines of the Southland sprawl, and although Los Angeles is more known for sand and waves, it is also home to diehard weekend warriors who head to nearby mountain resorts.
There are several options for skiing and snowboarding within driving distance from LA and finding bargains on ski and snowboard equipment, rentals and lift tickets.
Mountain High Ski Resort
Considered SoCal’s closest ski resort, Mountain High has 59 trails and 16 lifts under 90 minutes from LA.
Snow Summit Mountain Resort
Big Bear Lake
Thirty inter-connected trails, and easy access to the cozy village of Big Bear for aprés-ski dining and entertainment. Great views of Big Bear Lake are an added bonus. Big Bear is an hour to two hours from LA, depending on traffic.
Big Bear Lake
Great for snowboarders, Snow Summit’s sister property includes a freestyle park, offering more than 120 jumps, more than 80 jibs, and the SoCal area’s only superpipe. Like Snow Summit, there’s easy access to lodging, dining, and nightlife in Big Bear Village.
A five-hour drive from LA, Mammoth is one of California’s best snow destinations, drawing snowboarders and skiers from around the world. There are great lodging, nightlife and postcard views to accompany the epic terrain. At 11,053 feet, Mammoth Mountain has the highest summit of any California resort and an average of 400 inches of snowfall yearly with more than 3,500 skiable acres.