One of the remarkable advantages of living in L.A. is the chance to drive a short distance and be in a completely different climate and atmosphere. Consider that, for instance, barely more than an hour's drive from the desert-like surroundings of the Los Angeles basin, you can be in the pristine alpine setting of Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear, where winter snow is prevalent and skiing is available at multiple resorts. The Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear area offers three permitted ski resorts, which offer downhill skiing and snowboarding, and one cross-country/snowshoeing resort. If you are looking for winter fun, check out these locations:

snow-valleySnow Valley

Snow Valley is five miles east of Running Springs on Highway 18. With 13 lifts and 240 acres of powdery terrain, Snow Valley has something for every level skier and boarder. Schighridj (pronounced Sky Ridge) Terrain Park offers more than a mile of downhill fun with numerous hits, spines, and tabletops. Snow Valley features a wide variety of skiable and rideable trails and terrain. A favorite of skiers and boarders of all ages, Snow Valley has enjoyed more than 60 years as a celebrated winter resort. Snow Valley is very convenient to get to and is only 30 minutes from the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. Take the I-10 Fwy to Redlands and transition to Hwy 210 north to Hwy 330. Follow Hwy 330 up the mountain where it joins Hwy 18 in Running Springs. Snow Valley is just 5 miles east of Running Springs on Hwy 18. Snow Valley, Inc. Skiing, Mountain Biking, Snowboard, Skating, Concerts PO Box 2337 Running Springs, CA 92382 Phone: 909-867-2751 Fax: 909-867-7687 Resort Venues snow-valley-the-edgeSchighridj (pronounced Sky Ridge!) Terrain Park One and a quarter miles astounding miles of vertical highs and lows sure to satisfy even the most demanding boarders. Numerous hits, spines, tabletops, and banks. A 24-hour crew is dedicated to daily grooming and snowmaking when nature isn't. Boarders get your kicks here! You won't want to come down! snow boarding at arrowheadThe EDGE™ Terrain Park™ The EDGE offers plenty of downhill fun and challenge for terrain park enthusiasts. Look for new features this season with innovative rails, funboxes, spines, tabletops, banks, and others. Groomed and maintained, with plenty of man-made snow when nature takes a rest... The Ski Zone™ Snow Valley offers an incredible winter skiing experience with a wide variety of skiable trails and terrain. After significant storms, look for numerous trails you never knew Snow Valley offers! snow-playSnow Play™ Not ready to try skiing or snowboarding yet? Enjoy Snow Valley's Snow Play area. Snow Play is a specially designated area at the base of the mountain where the whole family can enjoy a day in the snow. Snow Play is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Chalet Restaurants™ Try the Chalet Restaurant for a quick breakfast, lunch, or "anytime" limited sandwich menu. Look for delicious daily specials. On busy days, the "Grill Too" is open for a quick meal or snack. Try the Italian Pizzeria for garlic bread, pizza, and pasta. The Hub™ The place to be on the mountain! Located at the base of The EDGE, The Hub offers a great sun deck with awesome views of the slopes. Choose from a limited menu for a sandwich, or stop in for a quick snack or drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view! Fatty's Sports BarTMStop in for your favorite adult beverage or to catch a football game. Choose from something on tap or have our bartenders mix something exotic. Fatty's is a great place to catch the score or catch your breath from all that downhill action!

Snow Summit

snow-summitRoughly 2 hours from Los Angeles and Orange County, and 3 hours from San Diego, Snow Summit Mountain Resort sits at 7,000 feet in the beautiful resort town of Big Bear. A full service winter resort with lodging, shops, restaurants, and after-ski entertainment, Snow Summit is sure to please everyone. Snow skiing, boarding, kids area, novice and beginner alike will find fun in the snow at Snow Summit. Westridge, an intermediate to advanced terrain park; Ego Trip Fun Park, an intermediate terrain park; Zzyzx Park with halfpipe; Family Park for beginner and children; and the Jib line. Rentals and lessons available. Whether you are a beginner, left your equipment at home, or want to try something new, renting at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain is the fastest and easiest way to get on the snow. The highly trained staff will set you up with the right board or skis for your skiing or riding type and ability. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain rental shops and demo centers carry all the latest name-brand ski and snowboard rental equipment, as well as the latest high-performance gear for skiers and riders from DogFunk, Salomon, K2, Rossignol, Atomic, Nordica, Vans, Burton and Option. For added convenience and piece of mind, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide FREE ski and board check areas and tool benches throughout the resorts.

Bear Mountain

bear-mountainRoughly 2 hours from Los Angeles and Orange County, and 3 hours from San Diego, Bear Mountain Resort sits at 7,000 feet in the beautiful resort town of Big Bear. A full service winter resort with lodging, shops, restaurants, and after-ski entertainment, Bear Mountain is sure to please everyone. Snow skiing, boarding, kids area, novice and beginner alike will find fun in the snow at Snow Summit. Bear Mountain is Snow Summit’s sister resort, and sits right next door. With night riding, it's only a quick, free shuttle ride away. “The Park” at Bear Mountain is devoted almost entirely to freestyle terrain and is the ultimate place to learn to snowboard. At its peak, “The Park” provides over 150 jumps, including step-ups, step-downs, tables, hips, vaders, spines and rollers, and a halfpipe as well as nearly 80 jibs, featuring rails, boxes and wall rides. “The Park” is also home to Southern California’s only Superpipe with an enormous length of 580 feet, a width of 67 feet and 17 foot walls! In the base area is “The Scene” with a revolving setup of signature jibs, and a snowskate park. Check out all the action from the Beach Bar or BBQ located on the 13,000 sq. foot sundeck. “The Park” is perfect for skiers and snowboarders attempting their first jump or jib, those who are looking to improve their skills, or the world’s top professional riders. No matter what your ability level or style, “The Park” has something for everyone! Whether you are a beginner, left your equipment at home, or want to try something new, renting at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain is the fastest and easiest way to get on the snow. The highly trained staff will set you up with the right board or skis for your skiing or riding type and ability. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain rental shops and demo centers carry all the latest name-brand ski and snowboard rental equipment, as well as the latest high-performance gear for skiers and riders from DogFunk, Salomon, K2, Rossignol, Atomic, Nordica, Vans, Burton and Option. For added convenience and piece of mind, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide FREE ski and board check areas and tool benches throughout the resorts.

Rim Nordic (Cross Country & Snowshoe)

At a base elevation of 6775', Rim Nordic Ski Area is 5 miles east of Running Springs on Highway 18, across from the Snow Valley Mountain Sports Park. In the winter, they offer Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing. Summer activities include Mountain Bike Racing & Trail Runs. Rim Nordic boasts 12 miles of groomed trails, lots of off track. Call (909) 867-2600 for information. Machine groomed, track set for classic and skating Learn-to-ski beginner package Telemark rentals and lessons Snowshoe rentals Demo and skating rentals available Retail shop with clothing, new and used equipment Snack Bar with hot and cold items Mountain Bike racing and trail runs in the summer Trails are beginner to advanced NO DOGS ALLOWED