Updated for 2021
Want to play in the snow, Los Angeles? Within a few hour’s drive from town, you can show your LA kids what snow is all about this Winter.
From tubing to sledding to making snowmen, and every “snowfun” thing 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.
2021 Update: Please check with each snow resort to learn about the precautions they’re taking and their rules – and know that you may need to pre-purchase tickets.
And always visit their website and social media channels before you go for up-to-date weather conditions.
- MAP to Snow Near Me
- Snow Play in San Bernardino Forest Area (including Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead)
- Snow Play in Angeles National Forest Area (including Wrightwood and Mt. Baldy)
- Snow Play in Frazier Park/Grapevine Area
- Snow Play in Northern California
- Where to buy Snow Gear for Kids
- Best Cozy Cabins and Lodges to Stay Near the Snow
- Essential Winter Gear for Kids
- Best Ski and Snowboarding Lessons
- Best Things to do in Big Bear with Kids
- Family Ski Trip in Lake Tahoe
Best Places for Snow Play in SoCal
San Bernardino Forest Locations (including Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead)
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain – Big Bear
800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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.
Big Bear Mountain Resort
(Snow Summit and Bear Mountain)
880 Summit Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Two resorts in one: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain both offer skiing, snowboarding, and tons of snow play in the Winters, not to mention hiking, biking, and golfing in the Summers.
Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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.
Pali Snow Zone – temporarily closed
30778 CA-18, Running Springs, CA 92382
Brand new in 2020, Pali Snow Zone has tubing and snow play, plus holiday lights and bottomless hot chocolate.
Skypark at Santa’s Village
28950 California Highway 18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Want to see Santa ice skate? Apparently he’s very good on the rink (according to social media), and you can find him here at the holidays, along with a ton of family fun – and snow.
Snow Drift Tubing Park – Running Springs
San Bernardino National Forest P.O. Box 252, Running Springs, CA 92382
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.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort Snow Play Area – Running Springs
35100 State Highway 18, Running Springs, CA 92382
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.
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Angeles National Forest Locations (including Wrightwood and Mt. Baldy)
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.
Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High
24510 California 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397
Make it a snow day the Yeti’s Snow Play, open Thanksgiving through March at Mountain High Resorts. Slide down the tubing lanes, meet the Yeti & his friends, or take a scenic sky chair ride. Mountain High is Southern California’s gateway to winter, just an hour and a half from downtown Los Angeles with no mountain driving. Open weekends & holidays peak season.
Wrightwood Snow Play Areas
(Info at Mountain Hardware)
1390 Highway 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397
There are multiple places to play in the snow in the the town of Wrightwood, some right off the edge of the highway, but you’ll need to stop in at Mountain Hardware for a parking pass and map first. Have fun at Inspiration Point, the Grassy Hollow Visitor Center, the Peavine and Apple Tree Campgrounds, and the Arch Picnic Area. Plus the store has plenty of Winter gear in case you need supplies.
Near to Gear Up? Visit our post with suggestions for Where to Buy Snow Gear for Kids in Los Angeles.
Frazier Park/Grapevine Area
Mount Pinos Campground Area
Turns out there are multiple places to find snow play right along the highways and roads in the Frazier Park area, but while that may sound like a wonderful thing (no need to buy tickets to a ski resort), it also means you may fight crowds. Conditions there may require tire chains, and be aware that residents of the area need to use the roads, too, and it helps to be courteous. One spot to try is Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest.
Snow Mountains in Northern California
If you’re prepared for a longer drive to the snow, Mammoth Mountain is a favorite destination for SoCal ski buffs and snow bunnies.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
(Woolly’s Tube Park)
10001 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Mammoth offers skiing and snowboarding, as well as a play area for all ages. Woolly’s Tube Park is there for those of us who want to sled and make snowmen. Check the website for prices and more information. This year, Mammoth is scheduled to open on November 14th, weather permitting.
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