little boy playing in the snow

Want to play in the snow near the Inland Empire? The great thing about Southern California is that you can be playing in the snow in a few hours drive from your town! This winter, we’ve made it easier for you to play in the snow thanks to our awesome list of places to go.

You’ll be able to build a snowman, go sledding and do all sorts of fun snow play. Here’s a round up the best places for snow play near the Inland Empire. Use this list to find snow mountains in Southern California!

Here are some of the best places for snow play in the Inland Empire and beyond!

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain in Big Bear

800 Wildrose Lane, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

This resort at Big Bear Lake is famous for their fun alpine slide that’s described as So Cal’s authentic bobsled experience. You take a chairlift to the top of the individually controlled sleds to the bottom of the hill. The sleds feature teflon runners and ball bearing wheels, while there are two quarter-mile long tracks to experience. See the site for more details, prices and info. 

Big Bear Mountain Resort (Snow Summit & Bear Mountain)

800 Summit Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

This has two resorts in one, so you can have double the snow play! Both resorts offer skiing, snowboarding and tons of fun in the snow. 

Big Bear Snow Play

42825 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

This place offers some of the longest snow runs in So Cal. There’s an uphill lift so that you can save your energy for sliding down the hill in tubes. Expect tons of downhill twists and turns and lots of fun. See site for hours and rates. 

Skypark at Santa’s Village

28950 California Highway 18, Skyforest, CA 92385

Visit Santa’s visit and have fun in the snow! The attraction features an ice skating rink and so much more. 

Snow Drift Tubing Park in Running Springs

San Bernardino National Forest, Running Springs, CA 92383

As So Cal’s oldest snow tubing park, you’ll love riding the downhill slopes with your kids. There are different slopes for different levels of expertise. Check the website to see hours and more. 

Snow Valley Mountain Resort Snow Play Area in Running Springs

35100 State Highway 18, Running Springs, CA 92382

Have a day of fun in the snow at Snow Valley Mountain Resort! It’s described as the area’s best beginner terrain, so if you’re teaching the kids how to ski or snowboard, this is a great place to have them learn. 

Mount Baldy

459 Mt Baldy, CA 91759

You can see the snow-capped peak of Mt. Baldy from the IE and is fairly close to us. They have a tubing park that offers various packages for some fun in the snow. You can also park alongside the way to the top and just have some snow fights on your own. 

Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High

24510 California 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397

Open at Mountain High Resorts from Thanksgiving to Markc, you can go tubing or take a sky chair ride at Yeti’s Snow Play. 

Wrightwood Snow Play Areas

1390 Highway 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397

Wrightwood has tons of places to play in the snow. Some areas are right off the edge of the highway as you get there and others are at Mountain Hardware. If you go there, you’ll need a parking pass and map before you go out and play. 

Have any other places to play in the snow we should add? Email us and we’ll update this handy Guide!

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kristie moved to Corona six years ago after her husband accepted a position in a neighboring city. Since then, she’s been able to create quite an extraordinary life in this wonderful city she calls home. As a work-from-home mom of three littles (Mason 4, Kingston 3 and sweet baby Juliette 3 months), Kristie is one busy momma! Life is non-stop for this momma, but she wouldn't have it any other way. The UCLA graduate is a writer/journalist/social media and communications coordinator by trade, but a momma and wife 24/7. When she’s not working and has a much-needed break from her kids, she enjoys reading, writing, wine, fitness and living life to her fullest! You can catch up with her everyday life on IG @therealmommychronicles!