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Where to see snow in Southern California?


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#1 of 27 David Nguyen

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Posted December 12 2003 - 04:44 AM

My significant other and I would like to experience snow without actually going to a ski resort, as we can't afford to have the whole experience of renting a cabin and going skiing or snowboarding.

I know its a strange question, but if anybody knows an alternative to driving 2-3 hours up into the mountains, then please enlighten me. Posted Image

#2 of 27 Peter Kline

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Posted December 12 2003 - 05:30 AM

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#3 of 27 Francis Collins

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Posted December 12 2003 - 06:15 AM

Had you gone to Bear Mountain?

#4 of 27 David Nguyen

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Posted December 12 2003 - 09:38 AM

Nope, never been anywhere near the mountains - we're city slickers. Posted Image

#5 of 27 Scott_J

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Posted December 12 2003 - 12:23 PM

The Weather Channel?

#6 of 27 Michael Mathius

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Posted December 12 2003 - 12:34 PM

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#7 of 27 Chris Derby

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Posted December 12 2003 - 01:18 PM

I know you said no ski resorts, but when it snows up in the (closest) mountains, this is where you will find it.

These are the two easiest... Usually not amazing, but sometimes they get a really nice dusting.

Wrightwood: www.mthigh.com

Big Bear: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com
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#8 of 27 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted December 12 2003 - 01:51 PM

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if anybody knows an alternative to driving 2-3 hours up into the mountains


Sorry but it only snows reliably in California at higher elevations. At least there are some mountains close to the LA area. The only alternative is to wait. For example, we get around 2 inches of snow here in Santa Clara county every 20 years or so. I'm sure it has snowed in LA a few times in the last 100 years.
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#9 of 27 Jonny K

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Posted December 12 2003 - 03:12 PM

It's sure depressing to see people asking where they can find snow, while I'm up here in Canada asking where I can go where there's NO snow!

Ah...California dreaming...

#10 of 27 Khoa Tran

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Posted December 12 2003 - 03:45 PM

yeah Wrightwood, www.mthigh.com the closest...i have a season pass there =P

it's about an hour drive from OC and you don't have to pay anything except gas and some lunch....just go up there and play with the snow on the side, just be courteous to us snowboarders because you guys aren't paying for parking....

#11 of 27 Ron Etaylor

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Posted December 13 2003 - 10:25 AM

During the holidays doesn't it snow every night on Main Street in Disneyland?

#12 of 27 Nathan*W

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Posted December 13 2003 - 11:43 AM

That's kind of like saying, "I'd sure like to see the ocean, but I'd rather not drive 2-3 hours to the beach..."
 

#13 of 27 Scott L

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Posted December 13 2003 - 01:54 PM

Make a weekend trip to nyc with your girly. No money eh? Not a bad idea to start saving up for next year.

#14 of 27 ajpeacockk

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Posted December 20 2010 - 11:51 AM



Originally Posted by Nathan*W 

That's kind of like saying, "I'd sure like to see the ocean, but I'd rather not drive 2-3 hours to the beach..."



Good thing I only live 10 mins from the beach then, right?



#15 of 27 Ron-P

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Posted December 20 2010 - 12:15 PM



Originally Posted by Ron Etaylor 

During the holidays doesn't it snow every night on Main Street in Disneyland?



Yes it does, it snows little tiny soap bubbles. But, it does look very, very cool. Add in all the Christmas decor and lights and it's tough to beat.

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#16 of 27 Ron-P

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Posted December 20 2010 - 12:17 PM



Originally Posted by Jonny K 

It's sure depressing to see people asking where they can find snow, while I'm up here in Canada asking where I can go where there's NO snow!

Ah...California dreaming...



Ha, right now it's California drenching. Lots and lots of rain. Thing is, it's a warm rain so I'd guess the mountains won't be seeing much snow from this Pineapple Express.

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#17 of 27 RobertR

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Posted December 24 2010 - 05:39 AM

Actually, Mammoth Mountain got 16 feet of new snow from Dec 17-21. :)  


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Posted December 28 2010 - 08:59 AM

This is funny seeing all of these smart comments...... People are so bored and selfish and useless..... The are a couple of options locally, to avoid the multi hour trips, traffic, etc... Drive above Beaumont, to Oak Glen, where there is snow when it's Get gets to the lower elevations, like tomorrow, and Mt Baldy is also an easier drive , but not tomorrow, and even Just going up the back side of big bear can get you into some beautiful snow without going all the way into town. Also check Lake Arrowhead, it's nice, and an easier drive than Big Bear as well. Have fun.

#19 of 27 Bryan X

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Posted December 28 2010 - 09:14 AM



Originally Posted by ajpeacockk 



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Originally Posted by Nathan*W 

That's kind of like saying, "I'd sure like to see the ocean, but I'd rather not drive 2-3 hours to the beach..."



Good thing I only live 10 mins from the beach then, right?



It took you 7 years to come up with that reply? Posted Image



#20 of 27 Jack Briggs

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Posted December 29 2010 - 10:36 AM

Strange, this thread. As Ron notes, right now we're being drenched in SoCal. Today, Los Angeles got pummeled with more rain. Now cold weather is making its way here (cold, that is, by SoCal standards). However, I did read in the Times that the snow level has declined to 2,000 feet. So, the snow is pretty close for an Angeleno seeking a winter wonderland without having to drive too far.


So, Ashley, how did you manage to find this thread and resurrect it? (I mean, it has been seven years.)







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