16 Best Places For Snow Play For Families Near Los Angeles in 2021!

Updated: Feb 9

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(Updated February 2021) Here is a list of 16 best places for snow play near Los Angeles, where you can go skiing, tubing, sliding, sled riding, and find snow and snowmen near Los Angeles. From your little ones to the oldest member of your family will have a blast playing in snow this winter. You can also take ski lessons at many of the listed resorts with professional instructors.

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List Of Places For Snow Play Near Los Angeles, California:

Snow Play At Mountain High

24510 Highway 2

Wrightwood, CA 92397

(888) 754-7878

Mountain High is one of the closest ski resort to Los Angeles. Mountain High is actually three resorts in one: East, West and North, each with different terrain to challenge a wide variety of expertise. If you are looking for a California resort with skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, Mountain High California resort is the perfect choice.

In addition to fun activities for the whole family, this awesome ski destination hosts annual competitions that attract skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts from all over the country. You can also learn to ski, and snowboard here with the very best instructors and terrific lesson programs.

Snow Play At Mount Baldy

8401 Mt Baldy Rd.

Mt Baldy, CA 91759

(909) 982-0800

Mt Baldy Resort is another quick mountain getaway, only 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. The mountain features 4 Chair Lifts providing access to more than 4000 acres of terrain to accommodate all skill levels. If you are new to skiing, they offer lesson sessions that allow you to learn at your own pace.

Tubing packages include a round-trip scenic lift ride on the Sugar Pine chairlift and a 90-minute tubing session. You can also get a ride on the Sugarpine Chair Lift, and arrive at the Top of the Notch at 7,800ft. The Top of the Notch provides a unique dining experience overlooking Southern California.

Snow Play At Valley Mountain Resort

35100 State Hwy 18

Running Springs, CA 92382

(909) 867-2640

From the steeps of Slide Peak to long cruising intermediate trails to the region’s best beginner terrain to Southern California’s only chairlift serviced sledding area, Snow Valley has something for everyone during winter. In addition to their fantastic terrain, Snow Valley’s Learning Centers offer lessons for all ability levels and ages. On Fridays through Sundays and during holiday periods, enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.

Our Favorite spot to eat near Snow Valley Mountain is Blondie’s Grill & Bar located in Arrowbear just up Highway 18 from Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs. It is a family style restaurant featuring the fresh homemade food on the mountain.

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Snow Play At Snowdrift Tubing Park

San Bernardino National Forest

Running Springs, CA 92382

(909) 867-2640

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park is an outdoor family recreation attraction located in the San Bernardino National Forest. Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park is Southern California's largest & oldest snow tubing park. They offer snowy slopes for downhill rides on individual snow tubes that are specially designed with a belly strap and handles. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes are available at 6500 feet above sea level.

Snow Play At Bear Mountain

43101 Goldmine Drive

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-5766

Bear is approximately 1.5 to 3 hours from Los Angeles and Orange County, and is a great place for beginners if you’ve never skied before. Bear is where you’ll find Southern California’s only halfpipes, the Red Bull Plaza, The Scene. It is also home to the largest learning area in SoCal, backed by professionally certified instructors that make learning easy, fun and natural.

Here you can get private lessons, group lessons, adventurer lessons, and more. With a state-of-the-art snowmaking system and grooming fleet, you can count on Bear for great conditions all season long. After you are done with having fun, you can count on different dinning options nearby this resort.

Snow Play At Snow Summit Mountain Resort

880 Summit Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-5766

Snow Summit is a premier family-friendly SoCal destination famous for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Drop in at 8,200 feet, with over 240 acres of skiable terrain and 27 trails of all ability levels. Covered with a state-of-the-art snowmaking system, and a lift system of 11 lifts (+ 5 moving carpets), Snow Summit is among the most visited ski resorts during in Southern California. You and your kids, as young as 4 years old, can also get various types of ski and snowboard lessons based on your skills.

Snow Play At Lake Arrowhead

28200 CA-189

Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

The lake and Lake Arrowhead Village is only 2 hours from Los Angeles and it transforms into winter wonderland during winter. You can play snowballs, go snowboarding, and ice skate at Silver Bell Arena at SkyPark Santa's Village. The village has many restaurants and shops that you can enjoy while at the Village. You can make a weekend trip out of it and stay at one of the nearby cabins.

Heaps Peak Arboretum

29358 Rim of the World Hwy #18

Skyforest, CA 92385

Go sledding and play in the snow in this beautiful 30 acre land near Arrowhead. Heaps Peak Arboretum is free to visit, and you can picnic a the picnic tables while your kids enjoy the snow. The parking is only $5 per day. Just make sure to take your sledding boards before you go because there are no stores around to purchase. Park your car, get a daily pass and stay as long as you want.

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Snow Play At Big Bear

42825 Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 585-0075

Big Bear Snow Play offers the longest runs in Southern California, serviced by a Magic Carpet uphill lift that eliminates the tiring uphill struggle through snow. Lift-assisted inner tubing lets you and your kiddos conserve your energy for the thrilling downhill twists and turns and not walking uphill. And this winter, you can enjoy Night Tubing at the resort.

Big Bear Snow Play opens for after dark tubing sessions Fridays, Saturdays and holiday periods from 5-9 pm. You can also enjoy a real racing experience at Big Bear Speedway. Big Bear Speedway has 17 single karts and six doubles that have two steering wheels and two brake pedals for training or parent riding with a child.

Snow Play At Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

800 Wildrose Lane

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-4626

The Magic Mountain Recreation Area at Big Bear Lake, home of the world-famous Alpine Slide, offers plenty of fun snow play during winter. Getting to the top of the hill is easy, since they have the Magic Carpet uphill lift that is covered in plexiglass for your comfort. Start your day with a scenic chairlift ride that includes panoramic views of beautiful Big Bear Lake, and the surrounding mountains. Then navigate your way down with your own individually controlled sled with teflon runners and ball bearing wheels. You can also enjoy tubing and snow play with magic carpets.

Snow Play At Yeti’s Snow Park

24510 California 2

Wrightwood, CA 92397 (888) 754-7878

The Yeti's Snow Parks are open weekends & holidays at both the East and North Resorts with tubing, sledding, snow play, and scenic sky chair rides. Slide down 10 lanes in the tubing park or meet the Yeti & friends in the new snow play zone. Activities include ice skating, a snow climbing wall, the Yeti’s cave, and snowshoeing.

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Snow Play At Mammoth Mountain

10001 Minaret Road

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

(760) 934-0745

Mammoth Mountain is worth the 4-5 hour drive north for the skiing opportunities you’ll never forget at this snow-driven place. There’s nothing more fun than ripping down a run with style to spare. Skip the hiking, catch a lift to the top, then bomb down as fast as you dare in one of the high-speed snow tubes. Mellow cruisers and hard chargers alike will find big fun exploring tree-lined trails and massive meadows with the snowmobile adventures.

From Skiing, tubing, to mountain and nature tours, and more, you can find it at Mammoth Mountain. Get your kids started off right with small lesson groups where kids are matched up based on age and skill level. No matter your kids current skill level, they are guaranteed to learn sound skiing or snowboarding fundamentals.

Snow Play At Mount Pinos

34580 Lockwood Valley Rd

Frazier Park, CA

Mount Pinos is only two hours drive from Los Angeles where you can find free snow play areas. There are a three snow play areas around the Mount Pinos area. Click here for details on all the cool places in Mount Pinos where your kids can find snow.

Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

10001 Minaret Road

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

(800) 626-6684

Skip the uphill hike and catch a lift to the top, then bomb down the groomed lanes as fast as you dare in a high-speed snow tube. Woolly’s Tube Park is all-time fun for all ages with a large snow play area and a heated deck with snack bar offering hot cocoa and adult beverages. Start with a snowman, shred on a surf sled and top it off with a tube ride on Woolly’s Merry-Go-Round.

We highly suggest you check the websites for each resort before making your plans to check the snow conditions and opening hours.

Snow Play At Mount San Jacinto State Park

25905 CA-243

Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549

Almost 3 hours drive from Los Angeles, Mount San Jacinto State Park is a beautiful park for finding snow in nature. Activities include snow play, sledding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. However, Mount San Jacinto State Park does not groom snowbound trails, and there are no stakes or tree blazes that mark the trails, so you must traverse them with GPS.

Depending on which side of the park you visit, you should call either the Idyllwild Ranger Station or the Long Valley Ranger Station to inquire about snow conditions.

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Snow Day Los Angeles

Every year in November and December you can experience multiple winter themed PowderPak synthetic tubing lanes built directly onto the giant hills of The Old Lodge at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, only 5 minutes from Downtown LA! Hop on a tube and fly through twinkling light archways, decorated trees and falling snow! (Closed at this time)

Kidspace Museum Snow Days

Every year in December Kidspace Children’s Museum hosts 5 days of snow days. You can build snowmen, make snow angels, and learn the science involved in snow. You can also enjoy live performances as well as the chance to make winter-themed art. (Closed at this time)