Best Mountains for Snow Play Near LA & OC
UPDATED FOR WINTER 2022
What’s one of the best things about living in Southern California? We can go from the beach to the mountains in just a couple of hours!
If you’re looking to for a snowy winter in sunny SoCal, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best mountains for snow play near Los Angeles & Orange County.
Be sure to check each website for weather and road conditions.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST AREA
Wrightwood & Mt. Baldy
Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High
24510 State Hwy 2, Wrightwood
Make it a snow day at Yeti’s Snow Play located at Mountain High Resort. Slide down the tubing lanes, meet the Yeti and his friends, or have lunch at the Grand View Lodge located at 8,200ft. Mt. High also offers skiing and snowboarding, rentals, and lessons.
Rates: Tubing/sledding/snow play ($59), snow play only ($30), scenic sky chair ($30), or all activities ($79).
8401 Mt. Baldy Road, Mt. Baldy
Take a scenic alpine lift ride to the top of the recreations area for snow play at an elevation of nearly 7,800ft. The tubing park is made up of lanes for sliding and walking with a stopping hill at the bottom.
Rates: Mt. Baldy Tubing Package includes a 3-hour tubing experience starting at $55.
SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST AREA
Big Bear & Lake Arrowhead
Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Snow Play sports the longest snow tubing runs in Southern California! Plus, their Magic Carpet lift means no tiring uphill struggle in the snow! There’s also Glow Tubing where the runs are lit up with colored lights after dark.
Activities: Snow tubing and glow tubing ($25-40), mini race car speedway (closed for the season), ropes course (temporarily closed), and heated base lodge. Visit website for hours.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake
The Magic Mountain Recreation Area in Big Bear Lake is home to the world-famous Alpine Slide — Southern California’s only authentic bobsled experience. Riders navigate their own individually-controlled sleds, down cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightaways. The newest attraction is the Mineshaft Coaster, a mountain coaster where you control the speed down a mile long track.
Activities: Alpine Slide (bobsled – $9 a ride), go karts and mini golf ($7-25), Mineshaft Coaster ($10-20), Soaring Eagle (catapult attraction – $12), and snow tubing ($25-40). Visit website for hours.
Big Bear Mountain Resort
800 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Mountain Resort comprises of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Both locations offer skiing and snowboarding trails. Grizzly Ridge Tube Park, located at Snow Summit, offers high-speed tubing, Magic Carpet to the top of the tube park, and three 300-foot lanes.
Activities (Snow Summit): Climbing wall, tube park ($20-49), scenic sky chair, zip line, Euro bungee, and more.
Skypark at Santa’s Village
28950 California Hwy 18, Skyforest
Santa’s Village offers tons of fun activities. Enjoy a nostalgic Christmas by visiting Santa’s House, go ice skating, and see live shows. Other activities include rock climbing, zipline, archery range, ax throwing, and so much more! After Christmas, it’s a Winter Wonderland with new shows and characters and when there’s snow, they’ll also have snow shoeing and sledding.
Rates: Day passes are $59-69.
Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park
It’s Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes are available.
Rates: Admission is cash only, $20 per person, per hour.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 State Hwy 18, Running Springs
Snow Valley is the region’s best beginner terrain and offers a chairlift-serviced sledding area.
Rates: Child lift tickets are $17-49. Family fun packs are $179-209. Children 5 an under are free.
Woolly’s Tube Park at Mammoth Mountain
10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth is the leading mountain resort in California. It offers snowboarding and skiing and Woolly’s Tube Park. Skip the uphill hike and catch a lift to the top, then go down the high-speed tubing lanes. Little ones can enjoy the snow play area with merry-go-round tubes, surf sled, and hang out with their fuzzy mascot, Woolly.
Rates: Single session ($39-59), snow play area ($20-25), tubing + gondola ride ($64-84).
This post was written by Kidsguide