Snow Valley Ski Area
Snow Valley has attracted Southern California skiers since the 1930s. This San Bernadino mountains resort lies northeast of Los Angeles and is about a two-hour drive from the coast. Snow Valley offers 12 lifts and 240 acres for both skiers and snowboarders to explore. The resort continues to improve its terrain park that includes rails, table tops, quarter-pipes, jumps, and jibs. Lessons are available for adults and children, and the resort offers weekday discounts, as well as free admission on a visitor's birthday. It's a good option for beginners because the slopes tend to be less crowded than other area resorts.