Winter is here, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to show your LA kids what snow is all about. From tubing to sledding to making snowmen and every snowfun in between, we’ve rounded up the best places for snow play near Los Angeles. This list will help you find snow mountains near you, and where to find snow in California – at least Southern California.
March 2020: Please note that the resorts are all closed during this time of uncertainty, but you can still drive to the snow if you choose.
If you know of any other great snow mountain play spots for kids, let us know in the comments section below! Be sure to check websites before you go to verify conditions and make sure the area is open.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort Snow Play Area – Running Springs
35100 State Highway 18, Running Springs, CA 92382
Phone: (909) 867-2751
Keep checking the website, because dates for the beginning of Snow Play at Snow Valley will be posted soon! Snow Valley is described as the “region’s best beginner terrain” and boasts “Southern California’s only chairlift serviced sledding area.” Additionally, Snow Valley’s Learning Centers offers lessons for the entire family – all ages and ability levels. Check the website for prices and more details.
Snow Drift Tubing Park – Running Springs
San Bernardino National Forest P.O. Box 252, Running Springs, CA 92382
Phone: (909) 867-2640
Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park offers snowy slopes for downhill rides on individual snow tubes that are specially designed with a belly strap and handles. You’ll find beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes here at this family-favorite spot located in the San Bernardino National Forest, and all at 6500 feet above sea level. In season operating hours are offered seven days a week, though hours are subject to change due to weather and road conditions. Cash only, though an ATM is available. Children under 36” tall are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
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Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 585-0075
Big Bear Snow Play offers the longest runs in Southern California. The runs are “serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets parents and children conserve their energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns.” Check the website for hours and rates for this year’s winter season.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain – Big Bear
800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 866-4626
The Magic Mountain Recreation Area at Big Bear Lake is “home of the world-famous Alpine Slide,” described as “Southern California’s only authentic bobsled experience.” The fun starts with a scenic chairlift providing incredible panoramic views of Big Bear Lake. Then “riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds, each with teflon runners and ball bearing wheels, down their choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightways.” Check the website for prices and details.
Yeti’s Snow Park
24510 California 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397
Phone: (888) 754-7878
Yeti’s Snow Parks at Mountain High’s East and North Resorts will be opening Thanksgiving 2019! Have some weekend fun – tubing, sledding, playing in the snow, and enjoying the scenic sky chair rides. Families can “slide down 10 lanes in the tubing park or meet the Yeti and friends in the new snow play zone.” Check the website for details, prices, and information about height restrictions for children.
459 Mt Baldy, CA 91759
Mt. Baldy is the closest snow play area to Los Angeles, and its snow-capped peak is visible throughout the entire LA area. Their tubing park offers packages including a round-trip scenic lift ride on the Sugar Pine chairlift and a 90-minute tubing session. Check the website for conditions, prices, and opening day information.
Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
“Skip the uphill hike and catch a lift to the top, then bomb down the groomed lanes as fast as you dare in a high-speed snow tube.” Woolly’s Tube Park offers fun for all ages as well as a snack bar complete with hot cocoa! Children must be at least 42 inches to snow tube. However, younger members of the family will still find lots to do at the Snow Play Area including Woolly’s Merry-Go-Round. Check the website for prices and more information. This year, Woolly’s Tube Park is scheduled to open on Friday, December 6th, wind and weather permitting.
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Kidspace Museum Snow Days
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
Get ready for 5 days of snow at Kidspace Children’s Museum on Thursday, December 26th through Monday, December 30th. “Break out your mittens, boots, and snow hat and play in real snow.” Families can build snowmen, make snow angels, and learn the science involved in snow. There will also be live performances each day as well as the chance to make winter-themed art. Cookie decorating is also available for an additional $3 fee.
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The Old Lodge – Montecillo De Leo Politi Park
2010 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Snow Day LA allows families to experience multiple winter themed synthetic tubing lanes built directly onto the giant hills of The Old Lodge at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park! New this year is the Enchanted Crystal Winter Garden featuring “over 30 giant glowing crystals, some as tall as 10 feet!” Families will also enjoy an interactive light show, food trucks, an animated penguin holiday light path, music, and more. The fun happens on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays beginning November 8th and continuing through December 29th, 2019. Ticket information is available online.
Beach Winter Wonderland
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Enjoy the best of life in Southern California – snow at the beach! The fun happens on Saturday, December 21st. Enjoy winter activities, bouncers, and real snow at this free event.
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