Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Living in Southern California offers up so many choices to ski and ride for a day, a weekend or a vacation. There are plenty of drive-to options as well as lots of choices for flying away to Western resort destinations. SoCal is a vast market, so drive times vary with traffic and where in the region you reside.

We’ve compiled the latest COVID-19 information for driving and flying so you can decide the safest and most convenient ways to enjoy our sport this winter. Check back often as we will be constantly updating this information for you. Stay flexible. invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Southern California site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips


We’re more than lucky. The mountain resorts within relatively quick drive time mean we can take off early in the morning and sometimes be on the slopes for first tracks. We can come home when the sun goes down or stay a day or two, perhaps visiting different ski areas each day.

Or we can certainly make the longer, but reasonable drive to Mammoth and June Mountains (5.5 hours) in the High Sierra; a bit farther to the Lake Tahoe resorts (7.5 hours). Our drive time is set from Downtown Los Angeles.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks:

San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains; High Sierra

Bear Valley: Drive time is 2 hours.

Heavenly: Drive time is 7.5 hours.

June Mountain: Drive time is 5.5 hours.

Mammoth Mountain: Drive time is 5 hours.

Mountain High: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

Mt. Baldy: Drive time is 1 hour.

Northstar: Drive time is 7.5 hours.

Snow Summit: Drive time is 2 hours.

Snow Valley: Drive time is 1.5 hours.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: Drive time is 7.5 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips


When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

California is under a mandatory mask order for those 2 and over (with some excepitons) and a stay-at-home resident order if region's ICU availability falls below 15%. Some areas (San Francisco and LA County) require 10-day quarantine. Order prohibits staying overnight at ski areas. 
Note: Mammoth Lodging Collection is not accepting reservations for the duration of the advisory.
San Bernardino County (Bear Mt., Snow Summit, Mountain High, Snow Valley, Mt. Baldy)
Inyo County (Mammoth, June Mt.)
Placer County (Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Northstar)
El Dorado County (Heavenly)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options


OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from Southern California metro area.


Brian Head

Deer Valley


Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between California and Utah: None. Statewide mandatory mask order for those 2+.




Colorado COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between California and Colorado: None. The move to COVID-19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) requires visitors to complete a health affidavit and provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or face a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Statewide mask mandate for those 10+ in public spaces or on public transportation. 


Sun Valley

Idaho COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between California and Idaho: None

New Mexico

Taos Ski Valley

New Mexico COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between California and New Mexico: State has moved to color-coded framework where a county's restrictions depend on virus risk. Visitors from high risk states must quarantine for 14 days or duration of stay. Statewide mandatory mask order. 


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between California and Wyoming: None as of Jan.22. Mask mandate for 12+ in public spaces and on public transportation until Jan. 25.

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb

British Columbia COVID threat level: 

Avoid all non-essential travel. Mandatory negative COVID test for those 5+ 72 hours before flying into Canada. International travelers must self quarantine for 14 days and complete ArriveCAN application to enter Canada through Feb. 5.


Airline COVID Precautions


All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines