With a summit elevation of 8,600 feet, Mt. Baldy, California boasts 2,100 feet of vertical. The Southern California mountain also features 26 trails serviced by 4 ski lifts. The mountain offers a seven-lane tubing park located at the top of the Sugar Pine Chairlift 1 as an alternative or addition to your ski day. Also located at the top of that 15-minute lift ride is the Top of the Notch Restaurant, a scenic dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner at 7,800 feet that overlooks Southern California.
Baldy is a great ski resort for those new to skiing or riding with its dedicated Flow Zone area, a terrain-based learning setup designed to focus on progression with rollers and banked turns. Staff is standing by at the Mt. Baldy Flow Zone to give tips, assist with the basics and familiarize gear. Advanced and expert skiers and riders, and those who manage to progress their skills to that level will find plenty of challenge at Baldy with a healthy percentage of steeps on the trail map.
Located 45 miles or just about an hour northeast of Los Angeles, California, in the San Gabriel Mountains on Mount San Antonio, Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts is part of the Angeles National Forest. Baldy is approximately 40 miles northwest of the San Bernardino International Airport, but the closest airport is Ontario International Airport (ONT), about 30 minutes south of the ski resort.
While Mount Baldy has something for everyone, it has a ton of runs designed for expert/advanced skiers. In fact, 54% of the runs are advanced while 15% are beginner and 31% intermediate. The ski resort receives about 170 inches of fresh snow each year with snowmaking ensure that you can enjoy the resort throughout the season.
The base elevation is 6,500 feet, and the longest run is 2.5 miles. If you want to take advantage of the snow, head to Chair 3 to get to Thunder Mountain. Since the runs are north facing, the snow tends to last longer.
The ticket office and restrooms are the only services at the parking lot level. Ride the first chair to the main part of the ski area, where rentals, lessons, basket check, tubing park, first aid and a restaurant will be found. Skiers often choose to ride the chair back to the parking lot at the end of the day. By the way: Gas up. There is no gas station at the ski area.
If you want to ski on the lower portion of the mountain, then do it early. With a lot of north-facing slopes, there’s a lot of thaw and shade conditions, resulting in softening later on in the day. California mountains usually don’t have consistent snowfall. So, if it’s predicted in the forecast, get to the mountain ASAP since natural snow only lasts a max of a few days.
If a lot of snow is predicted, head straight to Chair 4, and take advantage of some sun while heading down the hill to the base. On an average day, there’s a lot of spring conditions and corn snow off of Chair 4.