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Mt. Baldy Ski Resort not far from The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles

This Ski Season Go Local

California’s snowpack is outpacing the highest year on record and local ski resorts are welcoming skiers with fresh snow and plenty of powder. Southern California boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding around, and many resorts are just a few hours away from The Pearl. For more information, visit Ski California, a non-profit trade association representing 35 ski resorts in California and Nevada. The website covers everything from runs to lift systems, terrain parks, live weather reports, and mountain safety tips. Be sure to check road conditions before you go.


Mountain High Ski Resort not far from The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Mountain High 24510 CA-2 Wrightwood, CA 92397


Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort with three great mountains and a world class terrain park only an hour and a half from downtown Los Angeles. Situated in the San Gabriel mountains along State Route 2 west of Wrightwood, Mountain High is one of the region’s most visited resorts. With an elevation of 6,600 feet to 8,200 feet for the Mountain High East Resort, 7,000 feet to 8,000 feet for the West Resort, and 7,200 feet to 7,800 feet for the North Resort, you can explore all three mountains with a single lift ticket. 


Mount Waterman ski resort not far from The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Mt. Waterman Ski Resort California 2 La Cañada Flintridge, CA 93553


Deemed a national monument, Mt. Waterman is the closest ski lift area to the L.A basin. You can escape the crowds at larger resorts and really get the most out of a powder day at this day ski and snowboard area. With three chair lifts and 25 runs, 65% of the hill is advanced while offering beginner and intermediate runs at the top of the mountain. Ride the lifts up to 8,030 feet, drop into the Upper Bowl, and then carve down tree-lined trails all the way to the base area. Lessons for skiing and snowboarding are also available. 


Big Bear Mountain Resort skiing in the San Bernardino Mountains


Big Bear Mountain Resort 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear Lake CA 92315


Located just 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Big Bear boasts one resort, two mountains, and endless options. With Snow Summit (peak 8,200 feet) and Bear Mountain (peak 8,805 feet), Big Bear Mountain Resort is the premier destination to experience the best snow conditions, longest season, and most rideable terrain in Southern California. All lift tickets are valid for same-day use at both mountains, which means access to over 400 skiable acres, 26 lifts, and more than 55 runs. 


Big Bear Mountain Resort skiing in the San Bernardino Mountains


Snow Summit’s Night Sessions 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


Whether you want to extend your ski day, or simply enjoy the adventure of riding under the stars, you’ll find plenty of thrills at Snow Summit’s Night Sessions. Boasting loads of jumps and jibs to get your adrenaline pumping, skiers and riders will find features to suit their style as they ride through the often less crowded terrain park. As if that wasn’t enough, Westridge undergoes a full evening groom during Night Sessions, giving riders the freshest terrain since first chair. 


Snow Valley Mountain Resort skiing in the San Bernardino Mountains


Snow Valley Mountain Resort 35100 State Hwy. 18 Running Springs, CA. 92382 


Snow Valley Mountain Resort is the oldest continually operating ski resort in Southern California and is also one of four ski resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains. Opening to the public in 1924, Snow Valley featured one of the first overhead cable ski lifts. Riders visiting and skiing Snow Valley have 14 lifts to choose from that rise from the base of the resort to offer access to 32 marked trails which cover a total rideable area of 240 acres. Spread out over two mountains, the base area is best for beginners, the middle of the resort is a great options for intermediate riders, and the summit region on Slide Peak is the best for advanced and expert riders.


Mt Baldy Resort skiing near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Mt. Baldy Resort 8401 Mt. Baldy Rd. Mt Baldy, CA 91759


Mt. Baldy Resort has been known for decades as hosting Southern California’s best natural skiing and snowboarding terrain. With over 800 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, Mt. Baldy Resort has the most vertical drop in Southern California at 2,100 vertical feet. To compliment the world class alpine terrain, Mt. Baldy Resort also has a state of the art Terrain Based Learning Center and Snow Tubing Park for an introduction to those new to the snow.  


Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort at Mammoth Lakes, California


Mammoth Mountain Ski Area 10001 Minaret Rd. Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


Boasting the highest lift-served summit in California at 11,053 feet, Mammoth is the leading four-season mountain resort in the state offering year-round lodging and endless outdoor recreation. Winters are long and legendary – known for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. You can also explore the scenic Lakes Basin on Nordic skis or snowshoes, ride a gondola to Mammoth’s summit, or try some tubing at Woolly’s Tube Park. 


 Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe, California


Ski Lake Tahoe


Record storms have deposited exceptional levels of snow on the peaks of the Tahoe basin, which is great news for skiers. If you’re planning a Lake Tahoe trip, Ski Lake Tahoe is a good resource, with detailed information for six major resorts including Sierra at Tahoe, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and Mt. Rose. You can check snow and weather conditions, trail maps, tickets and passes, lessons, rentals, and lodging / dining options. 


Photo Credits:

Photo #1: Mt. Baldy Resort 

Photo #2: Mountain High

Photo #3: Mt. Waterman Ski Resort

Photo #4: Big Bear Mountain Resort 

Photo #5: Big Bear Mountain Resort

Photo #6: Snow Valley Mountain Resort 

Photo #7: Mt. Baldy Resort 

Photo #8: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area 

Photo #9: Heavenly Mountain