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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

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One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing.

Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland.

When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy.

The day that we visited, we saw a lot of wildlife as I drove our Kia Sorento up the mountain. We made a couple of stops to admire the beautiful nature, and before we knew it, we had arrived at Mt Baldy. I parked our Sorento and then walked up to the ticket booth to get our tickets for the chairlift.

We had taken our time arriving at the resort that we missed the first scheduled time. The available times are 8:30, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. We took the chairlift up to the top of the mountain to wait for our time to start. While riding the chairlift, we enjoyed beautiful scenic views of the mountains, and we were even able to see the ocean because it was such a clear day.

At the top of the hill was a nice restaurant where we stayed warm and had lunch. They had a vast menu with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. We took our time enjoying lunch while soaking in the beautiful panoramic views.

Finally, the time had come for my kids to experience tubing. Everyone lined up at the top of the mountain and took their turn speeding down the snow-covered hill. Children and adults of all ages enjoyed the afternoon giggling and have the time of their life. On the side of the mountain, there was a small snow play area where little kids could have a snowball fight or build a snowman and plenty of seating for parents who were not participating in the fun or just needed to take a break.

After tubing, my kids couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had. It was the ideal winter day trip, and we will be back for some skiing once we finally start getting some snow.

Mt Baldy is only about a 1.5-2 hour drive from Orange County. It makes for a great day trip and one that your children will remember forever. Because of the lack of snow, the ski resort is currently only available on weekends. I recommend arriving early to get an early tubing time and purchasing your tickets online in advance. The tubing sessions are 90 minutes, and children need to be at least 40″ to participate.

Have fun!

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