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
Friday
High 50°/Low 27°
Clear
Saturday
High 45°/Low 26°
Clear
Sunday
High 51°/Low 27°
Partly Cloudy
Monday
High 54°/Low 29°
Overcast
Tuesday
High 52°/Low 29°

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

Partly Cloudy
Friday
High 52°/Low 31°
Snow
Saturday
High 39°/Low 30°
Clear
Sunday
High 50°/Low 33°
Partly Cloudy
Monday
High 51°/Low 35°
Overcast
Tuesday
High 50°/Low 34°

 

  • 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

Chance of Rain
Friday
High 44°/Low 35°
Chance of Rain
Saturday
High 55°/Low 30°
Overcast
Sunday
High 59°/Low 36°
Rain
Monday
High 49°/Low 32°
Chance of Rain
Tuesday
High 51°/Low 34°

 

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