Embracing El Nino: Top Places in SoCal to Have A Snow Day

It is a common belief that in Southern California there are no seasons or “weather” to speak of. While it is true that the weather is generally mild, there are also places that have both clear-cut seasons and weather. People looking to go skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or who just want to build a snowman don’t have to go farther than SoCal!

Check out this list of the top places to have a Snow Day. 

Mountain High

Located in the mountains of Wrightwood, Mountain High boasts that it is the closest to LA. It is also one of the smaller resorts. A 1-day (8 hours) lift ticket will cost you $59. There are several options for different lift tickets, including half day (4 hours) and night time.

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Big Bear Lake
(Bear Mountain & Snow Summit)

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Big Bear is considered to be “the” destination for people from Orange County, San Diego, and LA. Bear Mountain is its most popular ski resort, offering snowboarding and skiing. A 1-day lift ticket will run you about $59.

Not a skiier or snowboarder? The Alpine Slide is also available for tubing and bobsledding. If you simply want to play in the snow, there are plenty of hotels and cabins available for rent. Big Bear is roughly 2 hours from anywhere in SoCal.

Mt. Baldy

Photo Credit: CBS LA

One of the smaller and less expensive ski resorts, Mt. Baldy offers lift tickets by the hour, starting at $6 an hour for adults. All lifts, all-day adult ticket will run you $69. An adult 1/2 day ticket (after noon) will cost $49.

See all the prices here.

Mt. Baldy also offers a tubing park for kids [and adults] 36″ and taller. There are 4 sessions per day, costing $5-$35 for kids depending on height and $40 for adults. You can also take a scenic lift ride to get those amazing Instagram photos for about $25 round trip for adults and $15 for children.

Snow Valley

Photo credit: Money Matters 101

About 20 minutes closer than Big Bear, Snow Valley offers 13 lifts and 240 acres of snow. Snow Valley is off the 18 freeway on the way to Big Bear, closest to Green Valley Lake and Running Springs.

Lift tickets cost $59 for an all-day adult pass, but offer a “young adult/senior” pass for people aged 13-21 or 65-69, which is $49 for the full day. Also check out the “Super Senior” option for people 70+. Rates can be found here.

Note that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, and they offer BOGO Free Beginner Lesson Packages.

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Did you and your family visit any of these resorts? Let us know in the comments below!


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