Southern California is better known for its warm weather offerings, but several ski resorts are located within a few hours drive of both Los Angeles and San Diego.

Resorts Near Big Bear Lake

These neighboring ski resorts are found on the mountain slopes surrounding Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino National Forest. In decent traffic, they are about two hours from downtown Los Angeles and a two and a half hour drive from downtown San Diego.

Bear Mountain

Website: http://www.bearmountain.com

Vertical Feet: 1,665 feet

Ski Terrain: 198 acres

Average Annual Snowfall: 100 inches (13 yr average)

Freestyle Park: Yes

Snow Summit

Website: http://www.snowsummit.com

Vertical Feet: 1,200 feet

Ski Terrain: 240 acres

Average Annual Snowfall: 100 inches

Freestyle Park: Yes

Snow Valley

Snow Valley is located off the Route 18, as you drive to Bear Lake from the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Website: http://www.snow-valley.com

Vertical Feet: 1,041 feet

Ski Terrain: 240 acres

Average Annual Snowfall: 100 inches

Freestyle Park: Yes

Mount Baldy

The closest ski resort to San Diego and Los Angeles, Mount Baldy is located in the San Gabriel Mountain in Angeles National Forest just northeast of LA. It’s not the fanciest resort, but after a big snowfall can be a great place to get some power line — albiet over some generally thin snow cover.

Website: http://www.mtbaldyskilifts.com/

Vertical Feet: 2,100 feet

Ski Terrain: 800 acres

Average Annual Snowfall: 150 inches

Freestyle Park: Yes, but small

 

Mount High Resort

Located just north of Baldy, Mount High is about two and a half hours from San Diego, in the Big Pines area of Angeles National Forest. It’s split into three areas, East Mountain, West Mountain and North Mountain, which are about a mile apart. The ski resort offers night skiing 7 days a week.

 

Website: http://www.mthigh.com

Vertical Feet: 1,600 feet

Ski Terrain: 290 acres

Average Annual Snowfall: 142 inches

Freestyle Park: Yes

Mammoth Mountain

Okay, so this one isn’t actually in So Cal. But…if you’ve got some time, Mammoth is a world class ski area and well worth the drive, or a short flight. Located west of the town of Mammoth Lakes in Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Mountain is roughly a 6-hour drive from LA and a 7-hour drive from San Diego.

Website: http://www.mammothmountain.com/

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Chris Emery is a mutt. Half woodsman, half geek. He spends as much time outdoors as possible. On rainy days, he writes and publishes STRAY.

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