Oh Snow You Didn't!

Mother Nature has not been stingy with snow this new year! Indeed the ski slopes are calling, but there are plenty of other fun ways to enjoy winter destinations like Baldy, Mammoth, and Big Bear. From snowshoeing to tubing to cross-country gliding, here’s some ways to get outdoors and explore. Oh the places you’ll snow!

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1) King of the Castle Rock

If you have only a short time to enjoy a snowy Big Bear hike, conquer the steep slopes of the Castle Rock Trail. After parking in the small pull-out lot, cross the highway (carefully!) and find the trailhead to this…

2) Notch One for Baldy

In a great winter, Mount Baldy’s lower slopes become one of SoCal’s most accessible snow playgrounds—skiing and boarding up top, sledding and building snowpersons at the bottom. In between is a virtual highway for snowshoers—snowed-over Falls Road and Baldy Road,…

3) Valley of Adventures

New Year’s Resolution: More close-to-home adventures! Sonoma Valley is the closest wine region to San Francisco, and makes for a most memorable easy getaway. From waterfall hikes with winter blooms, to an epicurean dreamland come true, here are six of…

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4) Peaceful Pistes

Downhill not your cup of cocoa? Go Nordic! Mammoth’s stunning Lakes Basin has 19-plus miles of groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails where you won’t find crowds or expensive lift tickets. What you will find is a serene wonderland of…

5) Grand View Summit

The moderately strenuous 6-mile Pine Knot hike in Big Bear is wildly popular in summer. But in winter, this trail is a kingdom of blissful isolation, and just as beautiful! Rent some snowshoes and poles and traverse the snow to…

6) Totally Tubular!

Lift, slide, scream, repeat! For pure winter fun, you can’t beat tubing at Woolly's Tube Park near Mammoth Mountain. It’s all about the simplistic delight of hurtling down a 600-foot-long chute of packed snow on an inner tube. Now, for adults…

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