We might not experience a true winter in SoCal, but that doesn’t mean we’re far from it. Hop in a car or jump on a plane and you’ll be shredding America’s most acclaimed slopes in no time. Below, get a glimpse of the SBP team’s favorite mountains that are epic in rank and totally accessible from Los Angeles, to boot.
An unwavering SoCal favorite, Mammoth Mountain is one of California’s most epic ski areas and lies a little less than five hours away by car. BUT, did you know you can fly, too? Wheels up for about 45 minutes and you’ve entered a true winter wonderland.
Whether you choose to rent a sweet AirBnb or stay at the Westin or Village Lodge, you’re destined to have a great weekend in Mammoth’s stoke-worthy powder. And the coolest part? You can ski and surf in the same day once you return home. Hellooo California dreamin’.
If Angelenos aren’t waist-deep in Mammoth’s pow, you can probably find them shredding in Lake Tahoe. While there’s just one lake, you can find six different ski resorts in its circumference. Our fave on the SBP team is Squaw Valley because, well, it has 3,600 acres of skiable terrain, 29 ski lifts and more than 170 trails, with the longest run extending for 3.2 miles. Need we say more?
So, how do you get there from LA? You can hop in a car for a seven-hour drive or fly non-stop for a little over an hour to Reno. From there, it’s a short 40-minute drive to the lake. Us? We’ll take the plane, please ✋🏽
If you’re a skier, sometimes it’s nice to escape those gnarly snowboarders and experience winter elsewhere in America, right? That’s where Deer Valley comes in. While the mountain has several reputable neighbors, like Park City, Alta and Snowbird (the list goes on, really), Deer Valley is undoubtedly more upscale with its lengthy array of amenities: free ski valets, free parking shuttles, fine dining and more.
Alright, time to pack up your bags. Take a less than two-hour flight from LA to Salt Lake City, then embark on a short drive to Deer Valley Resort. We recommend snagging a room at The St. Regis, nestled high along the slopes with breathtaking views and ski-in/ski-out access. Talk about luxury.
You’ve done Utah, so now it’s time to explore a new ski locale. Enter Sun Valley. Consistently ranked amongst the best ski resorts in America by Forbes, Sun Valley is “more understated than glitzy, it has a rural flair, with a fiercely self-sufficient mountain spirit among the locals.” So if you’re in it to shred without fuss, Sun Valley is calling your name.
Book a nonstop two-hour flight from LA to Sun Valley and that’s it. You’re there. You can stay at a larger resort like the Sun Valley Lodge or Knob Hill Inn, but the SBP team recommends renting a charming cottage to cozy up with friends and fam after a day on the slopes.
And when you want to get a little bit Gatsby on the slopes? Never shy away from Aspen. Known for its posh, refined vibe—both on and off the mountain—Aspen pairs killer Colorado snow with the modern luxuries of farm-to-table mountain dining, designer shopping and sophisticated lodging.
All you need to do is book a two-hour nonstop flight and you’ll be ripping up double black diamonds in no time (sorry beginners, no green trails here). And after a bluebird day? Hit up the rowdy aprés scene at Cloud Nine or grab a beer at Ajax. Book a room at the Little Nell and you’re in for a ski vacay to remember.
Wherever you choose to hit the slopes (or just dine and shop near them) this winter, being in the great outdoors with family and friends is what it’s really all about. So soak up that crisp, clean air and be thankful for all that the world has to offer and those you have to share it with.