Southern California Ski resorts, some with summer time down hill biking.
Southern California’s closest winter resort with little mountain driving. Located just an hour or so from L.A. and Orange County, you won’t find an easier drive to the mountains anywhere. Hwy 2, near Wrightwood The Mountain High West Resort was originally known as Blue Ridge and is one of the oldest ski resorts in the nation. Its first year of operation was 1937 with a rope tow, and it built the 2nd chairlift in California in 1947. In 1975, it was renamed Mountain High.
There are three fun resorts on the mountain. Being a mile apart they are way different in many respects.
This resort has lots of different types of trails. They range from technical runs to designed runs just for the learning skier. There on-hill contests and live shows. The west resort is the only one in socal that has night runs open five night a week during the high season.
At 8,200 feet this is the highest resort of the three. Lots of great moguls with the addition of the longest trails in socal! While skiing down the trail you pass beautiful trees plus enjoying wonderful views of the desert. The East Resort trails gives you a feeling of some of the great Europe venues.
The newer resort has some great runs for learning skiers and family outings. Have you tried tubing! The North Resort boasts the biggest area for tubing in socal. Its called the North Pole Tubing Park. Check out their web site.
888-754-7878 – snow report
Big Bear Area
Big Bear Mountain Resorts is Snow Summit and Bear Mountain – The #1 mountain resort in Southern California. With a total of 26 lifts, interchangeable lift tickets, a free 1.5 mile shuttle between areas, over 438 skiable acres and 100% snowmaking with plenty of water from Big Bear Lake, it’s easy to see why we are Southern California’s favorite winter resort. Each mountain has its own character and flavor!
Big Bear area has great ski runs. 3 Ways to Big Bear! Most people are aware of HWY 330/18 “the Inland Valley way” from San Bernardino through Running Springs and do not realize that there are a total of 3 ways into Big Bear. When all three routes are open, the “Inland Valley” is the fastest route into the valley, although during busy times it can become more congested. Hwy 38 from Redlands is a bit longer but its’ a great alternate route and will often save time when leaving the valley. Folks coming from the Desert area prefer HWY 18. This route is often less impacted during snowy weather.
Mt Baldy offers all levels of skiing and boarding from the very beginner to the steepest vertical drop in Southern California. 26 Runs Spanning 3 Mountains covering 800 acres with 2,100 Vertical feet. Wide open glades, tree runs, bowls, moguls, groomed runs, cornices and natural wave like quarter pipes. With all this room Mt Baldy has been developing its terrain park, hits, jumps and rails are all part of the fun. During the snow season Mt Baldy offers skiing, snow boarding, tubing, snow play and scenic chair rides. Open daily: Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm Weekends and Holidays 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Mt Baldy Ski Resorts is a year around resort during the summer they are open every weekend and holiday from 8 am to 4:30 pm for scenic rides, hiking and mountain biking.
Mount Waterman claims to have had the first chairlift in California. They know how to give you a great time. Rest Rooms Located Up Top The Lodge: Food Service is available for lunch.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Starting in Chino Canyon near Palm Springs, the tram takes passengers from Valley Station at 2,643 feet elevation to Mountain Station on the edge of the wilderness, elevation 8,516 feet. The Mountain Station features a restaurant, gift shop, snack bar, and the state park visitor center. In Long Valley, a short walk from the station, you will find the Long Valley Ranger Station, a picnic area with barbecue stoves and restrooms, a ski center, a self-guiding nature trail, and Desert View Trail which offers panoramas of the high country including several peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. Cross-country ski enthusiasts have found great challenging terrain. You can bring your own equipment or you can rent skis, boots and poles at the Adventure Center.