SoCal is a place for snowboarders…most of the times
If you just stick with the big names in winter sports in SoCal you will end up frustrated if you take your small children to play in the snow. Why? Well, if you just drive to Snow Summit, Bear Mountain or Mountain High and you just hope that your children can just take their sled and play in the snow you’re wrong. Once you get to any of these big resorts you will see these large signs as soon as you come close to being close to the snow. They usually read that nobody has access to the slopes unless they snowboard or ski. Some also read no snow play or sledding.
What’s going on? So where can you take your small children and have them play in the snow so they get the “snow” feeling? There are a few places in Southern California where you can do that…so read on.
Snow Valley in Running Springs
Snow Valley is on the way to Snow Summit. Snow Valley is very close to the town of Running Springs on the way to Big Bear’s Snow Summit. If there is still snow they have areas designated especially for sleding and snow playing. This is a resort even though it’s much smaller than Snow Summit.
Mountain High – well…not exactly there but very close to it.
Instead of trying to park at the resort’s parking lot just keep going up the road. As soon as it starts going up try to find a parking spot on the side of the road. Make sure you purchase a wilderness pass…otherwise you will get a ticket. There are no signs warning about the pass so you just have to know. We were very fortunate because a good citizen gave us his pass when he was leaving…otherwise we would have not known.
Once parked, cross the street and find some place on the hill where your children can play in snow…well assuming there is still snow.
The Mountain High Resort is full of snowboarders. This is no place for small children. But only up the road from the resort you can find some snow patches.
To get there you take the 5 freeway north and right after you go down the Grapevine and pass the little town of Gorman exit following the signs that point to Frazier Park. Follow the road and pass through the town of Frazier Park and keep going up the hill. The road will become steep but keep going until you reach the snow. Once you do that you need to stop anywhere on the side of the road…and play.
Snow clouds descending on Frazier Park as we drive up towards Mount Pinos.
Here the official Snow Valley website.