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Best Snow Tubing Around Southern California

December 27, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit: Alpine Slide)

(credit: Katie Bodell)

(credit: Katie Bodell)

Southern California residents have plenty of access to winter snow via short day trips from L.A. Although side-of-the-road mountain locations are often free to play in, they lack safety and amenities of fee based tubing and sledding parks. Enjoy the comforts of onsite restrooms, plenty of parking, restaurants, and refreshments at these SoCal sledding and tubing parks.

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(credit: Trekaroo.com/thelees3)

Mt. Baldy Ski Resort
8401 Mt. Baldy Rd.
Mount Baldy, CA 91759
(909) 982-0800
winter.mtbaldyskilifts.comJust 45 miles from Los Angeles, Mt. Baldy is the closest snow area to LA. From the top of the mountain on a clear day (7800 feet), you can see both the Mojave Desert to the north and Catalina Island to the south. Tubing lanes utilize the Sugar Pine chair lift during each hour and a half session. Rates start at just $15; no tubers allowed under 36″.

(credit: Trekaroo.com/thelees3)

(credit: Trekaroo.com/thelees3)

North Pole Tubing Park
24520 Hwy 2
Wrightwood, CA 92397
(888) 754-7878
www.mthigh.comLocated 75 miles from Los Angeles in the small community of Wrightwood, the North Pole Tubing Park, associated with Mt. High’s full service mountain, is open weekends and holidays. This park boasts not only the most tubing lanes in Southern California (ten lanes with two moving carpets), but it also boasts full service restaurants, a lounge, shops, and restrooms. The drive to Wrightwood, consisting mostly of major freeways, is also one of the safest and easiest for car-sick prone riders.

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(credit: Trekaroo.com/me+three)

Snow Drift Tubing Park
Highway 18 (4 miles east of Running Springs)
P.O. Box 252
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2640
www.snowdrift.comThe small mountain community of Running Springs, located 80 miles from Los Angeles features two tubing parks. Snow Drift is the oldest operating tubing park in the San Bernardino National Forest and offers runs for tubers of all levels, and a great refreshment center. In addition, they never use manmade snow. Bargain rates start at just $12/hour.

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(credit: Snow Valley)

Snow Valley Mountain Resort
35100 State Route 18
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2751
www.snow-valley.comAlso located in Running Springs, Snow Valley is a full ski resort featuring rentals, lounges, restaurants, and daily sledding in the winter. Ticket options can be purchased with or without a lift ticket to help maximize cost savings.

(credit: Katie Bodell)

(credit: Katie Bodell)

Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 585-0075
www.bigbearsnowplay.comThe Big Bear area is the largest mountain community in Southern California. Beautiful scenery, boutique shops, and plenty of lodging options make for a great overnight trip from Los Angeles (just 90 miles away.) At Big Bear Snow Play, you can enjoy daily sledding on some of the longest runs in the area with the help of a magic carpet to get to the top. Kids age 2-6 are free with paying adults.

(credit: Alpine Slide)

(credit: Alpine Slide)

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wild Rose Ln.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(909) 866-4626
www.alpineslidebigbear.comBig Bear’s second snow play area, the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, offers Southern California’s only bobsled experience coupled with tubing runs for visitors of all ages. Year-round go-karts are also offered, making this snow play area a diverse way to spend the day in the snow. Night sessions are available for a unique twist on tubing.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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