It’s no joke: Skiing near San Diego


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It’s no joke: Skiing near San Diego
Question: I am considering relocating to the San Diego area and would like to have some information about the nearest skiing areas. I am aware of Mount Baldy, Ski Sunrise, and Mountain High Northwest of San Bernardino, but would like to know the details (season, trail specs, etc.). Thanks!

Rhonda P.
Cincinnati, OH

Adventure Adviser: OK, so San Diego’s only 15 miles from the Mexico border. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wax your boards and head out to the slopes with all the other bikini-clad Southern Californians who, like you, are hell-bent on skiing.

If you’re willing to drive a couple of hours and aren’t expecting Alta-like steeps or immense terrain à la Vail, then you’ll probably adapt well to life as a skier in Southern California. Most resorts report a Thanksgiving-to-May season, although this year everyone shut down early due to the abominable lack of snow.

Mount Baldy (909-931-4458), about two hours northwest of San Diego, has 26 trails, four lifts, a whopping 2,100 feet of vertical, and charges $38 per day. Sadly, since Ski Sunrise has closed for the season, there was no one around this week to give me specifics. It’s worth calling them, though, at 619-249-6150; you may have better luck. Mountain High, at 619-249-5479, was
also temporarily unreachable. Another biggie (relatively speaking) worth considering: Snow Summit (909-866-5766), in the town of Big Bear Lake, is also about two hours from San Diego–with about 35 runs, 1,200 feet of vertical, and 12 lifts. A one-day ticket will set you back $42, and this resort’s season generally runs from mid-November through mid-April. You may also want to
check out Bear Mountain (909-585-2519) and Snow Valley (909-867-2751).

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