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Best Ski Resorts Near Orange County

February 8, 2014 5:00 AM

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In addition to its miles of beautiful beaches, Orange County has direct access to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in California. From innovative terrain parks to beginner slopes for kids and beginners, these resorts have something for everyone. Night skiing, half-pipes and snow play without skis or boards are all available. And, if you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, there are plenty of nearby cabin and hotel accommodations. Take advantage of the last few weeks of winter by hitting the slopes with friends and family.
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Bear Mountain Resort
43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92305
(909) 866-5766
www.bearmountain.com

With 750 acres of skiable terrain and 12 lifts, Bear Mountain Resort is a top choice for skiing near Orange County. A variety of lessons are available for beginner and intermediate skiers, and there is even a beginner half-pipe in addition to the super-pipe and a regular half-pipe. Visitors can take a break and refuel at Geronimo’s Outpost or relax on the huge deck at the Beach Bar and enjoy a wide view of the slopes. For an extended ski trip, lift and lodging packages are available that include bed and breakfasts and cabin rentals.

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Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 California Highway 18
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2751
www.snow-valley.com

Snow Valley offers some of the most exciting skiing and snowboarding around for any level of experience. It provides learning centers for kids and adult beginners, and there are even learning packages for novices. There is also the EdgeTerrain Park and the Hideout Jib Park, which features rails and boxes for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. If skiing and snowboarding isn’t for you, sleds are available for snow play right next to the sun deck. It is perfect for watching family members and friends frolic in the snow.

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Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts
8401 Mount Baldy Road
Mount Baldy, CA 91759
(909) 982-0800
www.mtbaldy.com

Serving Southern California for over 60 years, Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to skiing and snowboarding near Orange County. With 26 all-natural ski trails and runs of varying difficulty, including six “experts only” trails, Mt. Baldy is sure to meet your need for speed on the slopes. When the day is done, head down the hill to the Mt. Baldy lodge, where you can rent a cabin or just enjoy a savory pepper steak or chicken dinner after a full day of fun.

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Snow Summit Mountain Resort
880 Summit Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-5766
www.snowsummit.com

Ski during the day or night at Snow Summit, where night sessions are scheduled through the end of February. One of the pioneers and continuing leaders of terrain parks, Snow Summit boasts some of the most well-tended and inventive parks. For beginners, kids and the more easygoing snow lover, there is a Family Park offering a mellower ride. For a family vacation, or just an overnight stay, visitors can easily find cabins or full-service hotel accommodations. In addition, Snow Summit has a few incredible dining options, including the Slopeside Pub with its amazing view of the Summit Run and the Miracle Mile.

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Mountain High Resort
24510 Highway 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397
(888) 754-7878
www.mthigh.com

Made up of three resorts in one, all within a mile of each other, Mountain High offers a wide range of terrains and experiences, depending on personal preference and ability. While the North Resort is more suited toward beginners and families, the West and East Resorts offer challenging terrain and long runs full of moguls and stunning views. For vacationers or just overnighters, there is a long list of cabin rentals available in the area, in addition to the Canyon Creek Inn Motel. With several different ski and snowboarding lesson packages available, Mountain High is the perfect place to take the family for a vacation full of snow.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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