Southern California Snow

Winter view in a Carpathian mountain forest covered with fresh snow. Ukraine, Europe

Southern California offers a host of weather-related advantages, including a mild climate that rarely interrupts everyday routines. But when meteorologists predict or report snow in So Cal, it’s natural to long for weather more reflective of the season. The good news is that, if you live in the LA basin or Orange County, winter weather is just a stone’s throw from home.

Located just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is a great place to spend a weekend playing in the snow. Not only is the lake itself breathtakingly beautiful, but Lake Arrowhead Village offers top-shelf shopping, eating, and hiking. So, if you want to plan a fun family trip that doesn’t break the bank, consider these activities that await:

  • Father and daughter with snow tube at ski resortInner-Tubing. Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift is located on Highway 18 in the city of Running Springs, which is just a short drive from Lake Arrowhead. Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., this family-friendly recreational park offers beginning, intermediate and advanced slopes. Admission is $15 per person (children under 36” tall are free with paid adult), plus $5 for parking. Hours are subject to change due to weather and road conditions, and at the discretion of management. For more information about Snowdrift, click here.
  • Young woman riding a bike at the park with her legs in the airSkypark at Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village was originally opened six weeks before Disneyland, on Memorial Day weekend in 1955. A Saturday Evening Post article about a similar park in New Hampshire inspired the idea for the park. Crestline resident, Glen Holland, proposed the idea to investors and broke ground in 1954. Contractors worked closely with local artisans and craftsman to create the fantastical village, which will eventually include a bike park; zip line; hiking; fishing; camping; a climbing tower; an archery range; monorail; Santa’s house, workshop and the North Pole – including the famous post office; a train ride, ice skating pond, live entertainment, a “bouldering” Colorful snow-covered house of Santa Claus and his workshop at the Northroom; a mining company, Playscape and chapel; stores and restaurants. Newly opened Skypark at Santa’s Village is based on the original, but features more attractions and entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities.
  • Snow Valley Ski Resort. One of the largest resorts in the San Bernardino National Forest, Snow Valley offers a fantastic Snow Sports School, Snow Play (including sledding), a wide variety of lifts and terrain over 240 acres plus other services. Other features include night skiing from 3pm to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays as well as during holiday periods. Click here to learn more about this great Lake Arrowhead area resort.

Ski-liftAnytime of the year, vacationing in Lake Arrowhead is fun and affordable. But during the winter when there’s a chance of snow and you can’t improve on the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. Whether you’re looking to spend two nights of luxury with 20 of your closest friends with a gourmet kitchen or would prefer to stay in a modest cabin for several days, weeks or months, at Arrowhead Property Rental in Lake Arrowhead, California, we offer lodging to fit all tastes and budgets – for individuals, couples, families and groups — all at great prices, with unbelievable amenities. Check out the possibilities. Don’t delay. Book today.

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