Best Places for Snow Near Los Angeles

We’ve been yearning for that let it snow, let it snow, let it snow feeling, so we created the Ultimate Guide for Best Places for Snow Near Los Angeles. Below is our list of our favorite spots for seeing treetops glisten, silver lanes aglow, and hearing sleigh bells in the snow. Who doesn’t want to stroll through a winter wonderland during the holidays? Pack your parka, don your ear muffs and winter scarves, because you’re just moments away from the coolest snow spots in Southern California.

If you are heading to the snow, be sure to read our post on Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to the Local Mountains From the South Bay.

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Best Places for Snow Near Los Angeles

Mountain High in Wrightwood 

Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort with no mountain driving. Located in the Angeles National Forest, just an hour and a half from L.A. and Orange County, you won’t find an easier drive to the mountains anywhere for Los Angeles Snow.

Wrightwood Snow Play

Wrightwood Snow play, simply the best place to go for all your snow play info in the Angeles National Forest, near Wrightwood.

Mt. Waterman

The closest Skilift area to the L.A basin and are now deemed a national monument.  The Angeles Crest Highway out of La Canada has been repaved providing a nice and safe ride to the hill. There are no gas stations on the mountain so fill up before you come. 

Mammoth Mountain 

Mammoth Mountain is a lava dome complex west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California, in the Inyo National Forest of Madera and Mono Counties.

Lake Arrowhead 

Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California, within the San Bernardino National Forest, surrounding the Lake Arrowhead Reservoir.

Big Bear Lake 

Big Bear Lake is a small city in Southern California. It sits on the banks of fish-filled Big Bear Lake. It’s known for Bear Mountain ski resort, with its terrain parks and learner slopes, and family-friendly Snow Summit ski resort. Boutiques, gift shops and restaurants line the streets of Big Bear Lake Village, the commercial area. Surrounding the city, the rugged San Bernardino National Forest has mountain trails.

Frazier Park/Mount Pinos 

Frazier Park is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It is 5 miles west of Lebec, at an elevation of 4,639 feet. It is one of the Mountain Communities of the Tejon Pass.

Running Springs 

Running Springs is a census-designated place in San Bernardino County, California, United States.


A premier mountain getaway, just an hour east of San Diego, in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains.

Mount Laguna 

Located on the S1 Scenic Byway – Sunrise Highway – at the highest point of Mount Laguna, in the heart of the Cleveland National Forest. Standing 6,000 feet above sea level, Mount Laguna is a pristine forest of pine and oak. Located just one hour east of downtown San Diego, this unspoiled location is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets.


Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains. Set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars and Legendary rocks. The town has kept its “small town” atmosphere. Locally owned shops and restaurants are all you will find here. Come and experience the peace and quiet of Idyllwild. If you are ready to get away from the traffic jams, or the noisy city life, this is the town for you. Idyllwild has perfect day hikes for the quick weekend hike, as well as the high country for the longer “over night” hiking journeys.

Mt. Baldy

Mt Baldy has been known for decades as hosting Southern California’s best natural skiing and snowboarding terrain. What many are finding out recently is that it is also a premiere summer time destination for hiking, tent cabin camping, live music and quality dinning at the Top of the Notch restaurant.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Aboard the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar enjoy spectacular views of the desert below. Located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs. Enjoy 54 miles of hiking trails, dining, spectacular views, gift shops.

If you are heading to the snow, be sure to read our post on Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to the Local Mountains From the South Bay.

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