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

Clear
Wednesday
High 76°/Low 43°
Clear
Thursday
High 77°/Low 44°
Partly Cloudy
Friday
High 75°/Low 42°
Clear
Saturday
High 71°/Low 41°
Chance of Rain
Sunday
High 70°/Low 39°

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
Wednesday
High 80°/Low 59°
Clear
Thursday
High 81°/Low 58°
Clear
Friday
High 78°/Low 58°
Clear
Saturday
High 73°/Low 52°
Clear
Sunday
High 71°/Low 51°

 

  • 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

Clear
Wednesday
High 94°/Low 48°
Clear
Thursday
High 94°/Low 51°
Clear
Friday
High 88°/Low 50°
Chance of Rain
Saturday
High 69°/Low 48°
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
High 69°/Low 48°

 

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