Family Fun Winter Adventures

By Michele E. Buttelman 

If the current 80-degree holiday temperature produced you long for cooler winter household exciting, it’s time to prepare a excursion to a single of several California mountain places.  

In advance of heading off into the mountains make certain your auto is outfitted with tire chains and you’ve checked the street problems. Make guaranteed your tires are not worn and have the appropriate tire force.  

Because Mom Character can be fickle, be certain to check out your location prior to heading off in look for of wintertime experience. Snow can soften, even at bigger elevations, if the winter season climate situations transform.  

Mammoth Mountain Snowcat Tours 

Reservations (800) 626-6684 

Choose a ride in a snowcat for a single of the most distinctive excursions in the Jap Sierra. Pay a visit to 1 of Mammoth’s most scenic spots, Minaret Vista, where by you are going to see unparalleled views of Mammoth Lakes’ signature skyline and get in the magnificent views of Mammoth Mountain, the Minarets, Ritter Array and over and above. 

Snowcat tours are operated by Mammoth Mountain and give site visitors the chance to practical experience the backcountry from the heated ease and comfort of a luxurious snowcat. Each individual snowcat retains up to 12 individuals. 

Mammoth Mountain presents two occasions for tours on the weekends Friday-Sunday. Reservations are essential 24 hours in progress for Mammoth Mountain snowcat tours. All tours are roughly two hrs. 

Pick out from a Mid-Working day Tour at 11:30 a.m. or an Aprés Tour at 3 p.m. Boy or girl tickets are offered for ages 12 and less than. 

In addition to the views, you will also be dealt with to a gentle meal.  

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park in Running Springs is Southern California's largest and oldest snow tubing park.
Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park in Functioning Springs is Southern California’s major and oldest snow tubing park. Courtesy Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park.

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park 

34600 Point out Highway 18 

Operating Springs, CA 92386 

4 miles east of the town of Jogging Springs 

(909) 867-2640 

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park is an outdoor household recreation attraction positioned in the San Bernardino National Forest and mentioned in the AAA tour manual as a Southern California Leisure place. Snowdrift is Southern California’s most significant and oldest snow tubing park.  

The park touts alone as currently being a place where by households and folks of all ages can take pleasure in clean mountain air and have a fantastic time.  

Snowdrift gives snowy slopes for downhill rides on personal snow tubes that are specially made with a stomach strap and handles. Rookie, intermediate and sophisticated slopes are obtainable. At 6,500 ft previously mentioned sea degree, it’s a good location to appreciate a day of clean up, crisp mountain air. 

Admission is $20 for each man or woman for every hour, money only. 

The $20 entry payment features the use of a snow tube.  

Children 36″ tall or underneath are cost-free if accompanied by a paid out adult 

Parking fees $10 for each car or truck. 

In period running hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Saturday, Sunday and Vacations 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Snowdrift opened for the time on Dec. 16. Verify social media or connect with to make positive Snowdrift is open up prior to you go.  

Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High in Wrightwood offers tubing, sledding, snow play and scenic sky chair rides.
Yeti’s Snow Participate in at Mountain Substantial in Wrightwood delivers tubing, sledding, snow perform and scenic sky chair rides. Courtesy Mountain Significant.

Yeti’s Snow Participate in at Mountain High  

24510 CA-2,  

Wrightwood, CA 92397 

(888) 754-7878 

Make it a “Snow Day” at the Yeti’s Snow Perform located at Mountain Significant in Wrightwood. Slide down the tubing lanes, meet the Yeti and his mates, or have lunch at the Grand Watch Lodge found at an elevation of 8,200 feet. 

Open everyday through Jan. 8. After Jan. 8 Yeti’s will be open weekends and vacations 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

With up to 12 unique lanes, two shifting carpets and custom made tubes, Yeti’s Snow Engage in is the major park of its variety in Southern California and delivers an uncomplicated working day of enjoyable in the snow.  

Yeti’s Snow Participate in features tubing, sledding, snow participate in and scenic sky chair rides.  

Bear in mind to gown warmly, carry your gloves and correct sneakers. Parking is $20.  

Kids should really be at minimum 36 inches tall. 

All Working day Tubing, Sledding, Snow Engage in and one particular Scenic Sky Chair Ride: $79. 

All Working day Tubing, Sledding and Snow Engage in, (no Scenic Sky Chair Ride): $59.  

Scenic Sky Chair Journey only: $35. Open up to guests 36″ or taller.  

Snow Enjoy only: $30 Open up to attendees 32″ or shorter. Tickets only obtainable at the door.  

Reserve your tickets in progress. Tickets are $10 extra at the ticket home windows. 

Snowshoeing is winter’s version of hiking and is something the oldest to youngest members of your family can enjoy.
Snowshoeing is winter’s version of mountaineering and is a little something the oldest to youngest users of your family members can get pleasure from. Courtesy Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth Snowshoeing, Cross-Region Skiing 

163 Twin Lakes Street, 

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 

Trail and Snow Report Hotline: (760) 934-5293 ext. 5 

Established out for an all-ages scenic spouse and children journey and take a look at the Mammoth Lakes Basin on cross-state skis or snowshoes across 19-furthermore miles of secluded, groomed world-course trails. Rentals, lessons, guided tours and year passes are offered from the Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Middle, located at Tamarack Lodge. 

Take a look at all the miles of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails, additionally the totally free Community Obtain Trail that runs together Lake Mary Street. Be confident to verify the path position and problems in advance of heading out on your experience. 

A ranger guided snowshoe adventure in Yosemite National Park.
A ranger guided snowshoe experience in Yosemite National Park. Courtesy National Park Assistance.

Snowshoeing Yosemite 

All ages can love Yosemite National Park’s snowshoe trails. During the wintertime months, snowshoeing is an absolute emphasize of any journey to Yosemite Nationwide Park. Strap on a pair of significant-tech snowshoes, rentals are offered for modest all-day or 50 percent-working day charges, and start generating large tracks up and down the marked trails of Badger Ski Move with your relatives. 

A excellent way to snowshoe Yosemite is to sign up for a guided tour. 

Any households with younger small children are welcome to ebook a private snowshoe hike by calling the Nordic Middle at (209) 372-4996 or the Mountaineering University at (209) 372-8344 or emailing [email protected] 

On the Experience Snowshoe Hike to Dewey Level with the Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guidebook Service, your guideline will guide you via some of the most spectacular surroundings Yosemite has to provide, with views that consist of El Capitan, Fifty percent Dome and the Clark Assortment.  

If you are fortunate more than enough to be in the park on a evening when ailments allow, the Whole-Moon Snowshoe Hike is notably well-liked and a most loved for amateur photographers.