Where to Go Skiing & Snowboarding Near San Diego

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As winter approaches us, San Diego continues to have temperatures hovering around a balmy 70 degrees. That leaves those who want to go enjoy a nice getaway filled with skiing/snowboarding to look towards the colder areas of California. Luckily, San Diego isn’t too far from some amazing locations that are perfect for enjoying the snow and colder weather. So pack up your gear, bundle up, and get ready to enjoy the crisp mountain air.

Snow is being made (and will soon be falling) in the mountains, so tis’ the season to hit the slopes! Grab the snow chains and pack up your skis, thermals, and hot cocoa because it’s time to head to the mountains. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day trip or an exciting weekend away, be sure to check out our top ski/snowboard spots near San Diego.

Bear Mountain

A well-known spot for snowboarders and skiers, Bear Mountain is home to some of the best snow runs in California. Complete with a half-pipe, double black diamond runs, and three terrain parks, visitors can also show off their skill with the various box jumps, rails, and ramps. Bear Mountain has 10 lifts, so the lines are never too long to get back into the action after bombing down the slopes. The snow on Bear Mountain is known for being extra smooth and powdery and is combed over using machines, making for an extra slick run down the mountains. Ticket prices range from $70-$100 and can be purchased online or at the mountain. If you need to rent any gear, there are plenty of places to do so nearby, as well as the shop on-site.

Mountain High

Mountain High is another fantastic location to snowboard and ski and is only located 120 miles from San Diego. The mountain offers 3 resorts, and cater to different riding styles and skill levels. The west resort is a great place for more advanced riders, featuring challenging obstacles and a few technical trails to really test your ability. The west resort is also open 7 nights a week. The east resort offers long-winded trails, and gives spectacular views of the mountain as a whole, and makes for an exceptionally scenic ride. Tickets vary from which resort you wish to go to, but typically range from $60-$80. For more information, visit the Mountain High website.


A further option than the previous 2 locations, Mammoth Mountain makes up for it by being one of the premiere snowboarding and skiing location in California. It is widely regarded as one of the best snow resorts in the west and is absolutely massive. The skiing season is typically longer than those that are closer to San Diego, ranging from late November to July. The mountain is home to 28 lifts, 13 all-terrain parks, and 151 runs ranging from easy bunny slopes to the most challenging and adrenaline pumping double black diamonds. The entire resort spans over 3500 acres and gives you the chance to explore a wide range of area. While Mammoth Mountain is considerably further, with a drive of about 6-7 hours, it is very well worth it for those who are seeking out the ultimate thrill in the snow. Tickets are a bit more expensive, starting at around $110. For more information on the mountain, as well as places to stay overnight, check out their website.

While San Diego doesn’t have any options for enjoying the snow, we are lucky enough to live relatively close to mountains that offer some amazing runs. Be sure to take advantage of the snow this season!

Snow Valley

Just one hundred miles from San Diego is Snow Valley. Snow Valley sits at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, just 15 miles from Bear Mountain. The season generally runs from late November to late March. With 13 lifts, 28 runs and 240 acres of terrain, Snow Valley has something for every level skier and boarder. Beginner runs make up about 14% of the mountain; the intermediate terrain is 46% of the mountain, followed by 39% of advanced and expert terrain.

A favorite of skiers and boarders of all ages, and a packed powder surface, Snow Valley has something for every level of skier and boarder. Snow Valley also offers night sessions and is open for most holidays for those who want to enjoy an evening of skiing/riding under the stars. The mountain has additional automated SMI Polecat Snowmaking Fan Guns and a snow grooming machine to provide for the cleanest conditions.

Daily adult ticket prices range from about $64 – $79 and can be bought online or on-site.

Mt. Baldy

“Southern California’s best-kept secret” Mt. Baldy offers something the other local mountains don’t—no crowds! With a shorter season from late December to March, conditions can vary. It is the closest resort to Los Angeles (just 45 miles away), the mountain offers 400 accessible acres with 26 trails accessed by 4 lifts. The terrain is rated 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced and 20% expert. With activities from skiing and riding to tubing and zip-lining, it provides a great stay-cation opportunity to those in Southern California. Current lift ticket prices for adults are $69 per day.

Mt. Baldy’s snow isn’t as groomed, which, for many skiers/boarders, adds to the fun and adventure. Mt. Baldy’s conditions vary greatly, so conditions can be unpredictable. It is only 110 miles from San Diego, so why not check it out?

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