Day-Ski trips from Los Angeles
January 12, 2013 9:48 AM Subscribe
Angelenos, tell me about the best local ski areas! I want to drive up in the morning, ski and drive home all in the same day. I'm an expert skiier coming from the West side of LA, and I'm trying to figure out which ski area I should try out first.
posted by annie o to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been looking at Big Bear and Mountain High, but I'm having trouble figuring out the best place for me to go. Big Bear appears to have turned half the mountain into a terrain park, which is the exact opposite of what I'm interested in. Mountain High is just confusing with three seemingly unconnected and really tiny groups of runs. Realistically, I'm fine with an area with a good variety of blues, minimal terrain parks and less of a ski-school presence. Bonus points for a decent lodge my husband can hang out in. Where should I be going?
Also, if you are someone that does this regularly, tell me about the traffic/snow conditions getting up there. Do I need chains (FWD car with average clearance)? Is the traffic epically bad? When should I plan to leave my house in the AM to get up there by 9-10am?
Finally, where can I get demo-level ski rentals on the West side of LA/Santa Monica?