Big Bear Mountain Resorts just two hours outside LA, offers guests a unique opportunity to experience two distinct winter resorts, each with its own personality and attributes, for the price of one. A single lift ticket provides access to both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain which are located just two miles apart, and connected via a free inter-resort express shuttle service. Each resort offers a variety of diverse terrain providing skiers and snowboarders with a combined 438 developed acres, 26 lifts (including 4 high-speed detachable quads) and more than 55 runs. Snow Summit offers a traditional alpine atmosphere with a great deal of intermediate terrain and mainstream cruising for skiers and snowboarders. Bear Mountain offers a youthful environment that attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Kids 6 and younger ski for free at both locations. They offer kids (ages 5 – 12) and adult lessons from 2hrs hours to a full day. Please call ahead to confirm lesson availability at (909) 866-5766 as it depends on whether there is snow on the mountain. Get details online at www.bigbearvacations.com
Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierras is approx 5hrs Northeast of Los Angeles. In addition to lots of skiing, they feature Wooley’s Tube Park where you can ride down the hills on a giant inner tube, snowcat tours and scenic gondola rides. During the month of December there is also lots of holiday entertainment and events for family and adults. Spend your evening in the village featuring twinkling holiday lights, festive decorations and carolers to ring in the Christmas spirit. There’s childcare available and ski lessons for the kids ages 3-12. If you are driving there from LA you will get a spectacular tour of the Eastern Sierra. From the moment you hit the highway, you travel through one of the most beautiful portions of California. Valleys give way to mountains and energy builds until Mammoth Mountain looms in the distance. Access from all directions via the scenic north-to-south US Hwy 395, running along the eastern edge of California’s Sierra Nevada Range. Get details online at www.mammothmountain.com.
Mountain High is a snowboarders heaven but also fun for the family! With inner tubing and their renowned kids lessons you will certainly not be disappointed. Mountain High’s acclaimed Children’s Academy makes winter fun a priority for the kids….and for you! The Children’s Learning Center is located at the West Resort directly beneath the Bullwheel Bar & Grill. The facility is complete with ticket outlets, rental equipment, lessons, a sport shop and more. It is also adjacent the newly-enlarged on-snow area where a series of moving carpets help children learn at their optimum level. Lessons are available in both Full-Day and Afternoon sessions, and all packages include a lift ticket, rentals, snack or lunch, and an individualized progress card. Full-day enrollment is recommended for younger children as experience has shown they progress more rapidly and retain a greater amount with a full day of lessons. The Children’s Academy is open from 8:45am to 3:15pm. Hey moms! Ever wanted to learn how to snow board? They host Women’s Clinics for women 30+. How rad is that? Get details about your visit online at www.mthigh.com.
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