Just before the start of the 1920 Winter Olympics, a meteor destroyed the ski area and threatened to derail the entire competition, until a local bald man donated his gleaming dome. Ski or snowboard down your own bare beauty with today's Groupon. For $29, you get a lift ticket to Mt. Baldy ski area, up to a $64 value. In order to cut down on crowding and to keep the vibe easy, online reservations are required.
About an hour northeast of downtown, Mt. Baldy sports 26 sinuous runs spread over three peaks, 800 acres, 2,100 vertical feet, and millions of horizontal feet. Mt. Baldy offers four beginner's slopes for the bunny-slope-bound, but the ski area is best known for its moderately skilled to double-black-diamond trails. If the boards or the sticks aren't your thing, try a tube. With a fairly prodigious base of 3 to 6 feet, skiers and boarders regularly carve fun animal shapes in the buttery snow, traversing traditional groomed runs, cornices, open glades, wild-tree crossings, and moguls with laid-back aplomb. You can purchase two Groupons to bring yourself and your fast-moving friend, or purchase up to four as gifts and make the day a picnic on the go.
Watch vacationing yetis slice some sweet lines on the live webcam before you go, or make it an evening with dinner or an overnight stay at the Mt. Baldy restaurant. Runs open at 8 a.m. (7:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays), and last call for a drink of downward is at 4:30 p.m.
- This is not a typical resort, no frills, just 4 lifts and some amazing terrain. – atm01, OnTheSnow
- You can literally ski anywhere and the double diamonds here are REAL Double Diamonds! – Curt, Yahoo! Travel
- You're in heaven. The best part is you only have to share it with the 30 other people on the mountain. This is Mount Baldy! – rtd2870, OnTheSnow
From this high up, the world seems small and compact, framing the ocean, mountains, and desert in the same field of vision. Though Mt. Baldy's soaring peaks seem to shrink the globe to the size of a globe, they also grant access to nature's majesty throughout the year. Four chairlifts gently propel skiers through the San Gabriel Mountains over the trails and 600 acres of skiable earth ranging from gentle slopes to natural quarter pipes. In the warmer months, hiking trails blaze through mountainsides, affording glimpses of historical mining facilities and natural wonders, such as canyons, fauna such as bighorn sheep, and Mother Nature's secret collection of acre-long coffee spoons.