Coastal Ranges and Southern California

Several mountain ranges in Southern California rise more than 10,000 feet above Los Angeles, providing highly scenic kick and glide skiing opportunities when conditions are right.  Carpe Diem!

Up north, Northern California’s Coast Ranges bleed into the Cascades around Mt. Shasta.  Our dividing line for purposes of discussion is I-5.  The east side of I-5 is well-explored, though most of the exploring to the northeast of Shasta is by snowmobile.  To the west, one finds some of the most forested and wild area in the lower 48.

Please assess your abilities and what sort of activity or adventure you can safely pursue. No warranty is made regarding the accuracy of this information and all your activity is at your own risk. Check avalanche advisories, weather reports, trail conditions, etc.  Know what to take.

Southern California

Big Bear Area Weather

Partly Cloudy
Saturday
High 62°/Low 32°
Clear
Sunday
High 72°/Low 38°
Clear
Monday
High 70°/Low 41°
Clear
Tuesday
High 71°/Low 39°
Clear
Wednesday
High 73°/Low 38°

Nordic Resorts

  • Rim Nordic, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is the only groomed resort in the south of the state.  When the snow flies you can ski 10 miles of trails from beginner to advanced level.

State Areas

Los Padres National Forest Area Weather

Clear
Saturday
High 60°/Low 40°
Clear
Sunday
High 71°/Low 47°
Clear
Monday
High 75°/Low 62°
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
High 79°/Low 59°
Clear
Wednesday
High 78°/Low 56°

 

  • In the Los Padres National Forest, Mt. Pinos provides human-powered enthusiasts access to touring opportunities.  The Southern California Nordic Ski Patrol  has trail maps and directions on their useful website. Parking is $5 per day or $30 for an annual Adventure Pass. Passes can be purchased online of from local vendor. Click here for more Adventure Pass information.
  • Mt. San Jacinto State Park offers cross-country skiing from the top of the aerial tramway at Idyllwild.

Wilderness Lodges

Coastal Ranges

Trinity Alps Area

Rain
Saturday
High 55°/Low 40°
Clear
Sunday
High 69°/Low 45°
Clear
Monday
High 82°/Low 50°
Clear
Tuesday
High 84°/Low 47°
Clear
Wednesday
High 83°/Low 43°

 

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