Skiing and Boarding

The San Bernardino National Forest offers three ski resorts under permit for you to enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, and a cross-country / snowshoeing resort.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are dependent on natural snow accumulation that can vary depending on elevation and type of exposure. North-facing slopes tend to accumulate more snow. Snow surface conditions are so changeable that waxless skis are preferred by most.

Snow Valley

Snow Valley is the closest ski area to the valley floor, just five miles east of Running Springs on Highway 18. With 13 lifts and 240 acres of powdery terrain, Snow Valley has something for every level skier and boarder. Schighridj (pronounced Sky Ridge) Terrain Park offers more than a mile of downhill fun with numerous hits, spines, and tabletops. Snow Valley features a wide variety of skiable and rideable trails and terrain. A favorite of skiers and boarders of all ages, Snow Valley has enjoyed more than 60 years as a celebrated winter resort.

Snowboarding: Schighridj (pronounced Sky Ridge) Terrain Park 1.25 miles of vertical. Numerous hits, spines, tabletops, and banks. A 24-hour crew is dedicated to daily grooming and snowmaking when nature isn't.

Snow Summit

Located about 2 hours driving time from Los Angeles and Orange Counties and 3 hours from San Diego County, Snow Summit Mountain Resort sits at 7,000 feet in the resort town of Big Bear Lake. Snow Summit is a full service winter resort with all types of lodging accommodations available nearby, shops, full service restaurants, and after-ski entertainment.

Snowboarding: Westridge, an intermediate to advanced terrain park; Ego Trip Fun Park, an intermediate terrain park; Zzyzx Park with halfpipe; Family Park for beginner and children; and the Jib line. Rentals and lessons available.

Bear Mountain

“The Park” at Bear Mountain is Southern California’s only mountain resort in the U.S. devoted almost entirely to freestyle terrain and the ultimate place to learn to snowboard. At its peak, “The Park” provides over 150 jumps including step-ups, step-downs, tables, hips, vaders, spines and rollers, a halfpipe as well as nearly 80 jibs featuring rails, boxes and wall rides. “The Park” is also home to Southern California’s only Superpipe with an enormous length of 580 feet, a width of 67 feet and 17 foot walls! In the base area, you will find “The Scene” with a revolving setup of signature jibs and a snowskate park. Check out all the action from the Beach Bar or BBQ located on the 13,000 sq. foot sundeck. “The Park” is perfect for skiers and snowboarders attempting their first jump or jib, those who are looking to improve their skills, or the world’s top professional riders. No matter what your ability level or style, “The Park” has something for everyone!

Rim Nordic (Cross Country & Snowshoe)

At a base elevation of 6775', Rim Nordic Ski Area is located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California, on Highway 18 - 5 miles east of Running Springs, across from Snow Valley Mountain Sports Park on the way to Big Bear Lake. In the winter , we offer Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing. Our summer activities include Mountain Bike Racing & Trail Runs. We are only 1 1/2 hours from L.A. and Orange County and 2 1/2 hours from San Diego. Rim Nordic boasts 12 miles of groomed trails, lots of off track. Call (909) 867-2600 for information.

  • Machine groomed, track set for classic and skating
  • Learn-to-ski beginner package
  • Telemark rentals and lessons
  • Snowshoe rentals
  • Demo and skating rentals available
  • Retail shop with clothing, new and used equipment
  • Snack Bar with hot and cold items
  • Mountain Bike racing and trail runs in the summer
  • Trails are beginner to advanced

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