Where to go for snow in Southern California

Even if you’re not skiing or snowboarding this winter, you may still crave some white, fluffy (or fake) snow. Here are the closest places to go to find it.

Wrightwood, Calif.

As the town nearest Mountain High Resort, Wrightwood is the closest ski town to Chapman.

Wrightwood, Calif. 92397 – about an hour and fifteen-minute drive

Idyllwild, Calif.

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs, Idyllwild is a small town with “mom and pop” restaurants and shops for those looking to escape.

Idyllwild, Calif. 92549 – about an hour and forty-minute drive

Big Bear Lake, Calif.

The home of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts, Big Bear Lake is a charming ski town in the San Bernardino Mountains offering inexpensive lodging and snow activities like tubing.

Big Bear Lake, Calif. 92315 – about a two-hour drive

Mount Baldy Village

A smaller San Bernardino Mountain town near Mount Baldy Ski Resort with cabins for rent and available camp sites.

Mount Baldy Village, Calif. 91759 – about a two-hour drive

Disneyland Resort

For a less authentic but just as magical experience, visit Disneyland before Jan. 4 to feel gentle snowfall at the finale of the park’s nightly fireworks show.

1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, Calif. 92802 – about a ten-minute drive