Winter is approaching! 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 gorgeous snow this season!
Bear Mountain has 10 lifts, so the lines are never too long. Perfected with a half-pipe, double black diamond runs, and three terrain parks, visitors can also show off their practice with the various box jumps, rails, and ramps provided. Known for being a prime spot for snowboarders and skiers, Bear Mountain is home to some of the best snow runs in California. The snow on Bear Mountain is well-known for being extra smooth and powdery and is combed over using machines for an extra slick and easy run down the mountains. Ticket prices vary between $70-$100 and can be purchased online or once arrived at the mountain. If you need to rent any gear, there are plenty of places to do so close by.
Located only 120 miles from San Diego, Mountain High is another fantastic location to snowboard and ski. The mountain provides 3 resorts, and cater to all different riding styles and skill levels. For more experienced riders, the west resort is a great place to be, featuring challenging obstacles and a few technical trails to really test your ability. It is also open 7 nights a week. The east resort offers long-winded trails, and gifts spectacular views of the mountain as a whole, which makes for an exceptionally scenic ride. Tickets vary from which resort you wish to go to, but typically they range from $60-$80.
Mammoth Mountain makes up for the long drive by being one of the premiere snowboarding and skiing location in California. It is widely seen as one of the best snow resorts in the west and is absolutely huge! The entire resort spans over 3500 acres and gives you the chance to explore a wide range of area. Skiing season typically lasts longer than those that are closer to San Diego, from late November to July. 28 lifts, 13 all-terrain parks, and 151 runs ranging from easy bunny slopes to the most challenging and adrenaline pumping double black diamonds, all call this mountain, home. With a drive of about 6-7 hours, it is still 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.
Have fun, stay safe, and LIFE EXCEPTIONALLY!
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