Get ready for winter in sunny California where there's plenty of mountain areas to play, ski and snowboard.
Although most noted for its sandy beaches, winter
sports fans in the Golden State have plenty of opportunities to find acres of white stuff at higher elevations.
Angeles, in fact, is famous among fun lovers as THE place where you can go beach surfing in the a.m. -- then head up to the mountains
to ski or snowboard by lunchtime -- and sip on hot cocoa in front of a blazing fireplace by dusk.
Bear Mountain - 43101 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake; (909) 866-5766. Take the 210 Freeway east to state highway 30, to the 330, to 18 heading east into Big Bear Lake. Drive time: 2 hours.
Snow Summit - Very near Bear Mountain. 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake; (909)
866-5766. Directions and drive time same as for Bear Mountain.
Snow Valley - 35100 California Highway 18, Running Springs; (909) 867-2751.
Take Interstate 210 east from Los Angeles to 30, continue east to 330, then to 18 heading east. Follow signs to the resort on
the right. Drive time: 1 1/2 hours.
Mt. Baldy - Mt. Baldy Road, Mt. Baldy; (866) 754-2253. From Interstate 210
east, exit Mountain Avenue. Go north on Mountain to resort. Drive time: 1 hour.
Mountain High - 24510 California 2, Wrightwood; (888) 754-7878, Take 210 east
to Interstate 15 north, then California Highway 138 west, turn left on 2. Drive time: approx. 1 hour.
More about California ski resorts around the Web:
Ski California - Check out a directory of resort
guides, snow reports, related news and Instagram feeds, ski safety tips and advice, and related resources.