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There have been a few claims thst there was trace amounts of snow in downtown during 1962 and 2 full inches in 1934 but the info is very sketchy.
The fact is, it never really snows in the LA basin.
When we get a cold snap accompanied by rain we get snow all over the San Gabriel Mountain Range. The only question is how high do you have to go to reach the snow.
In extreme cases the snow gets down to 2000 ft so even Mullhulland drive can see a flake or two and there is almost always snow up in Big Bear during winter.
You just have to know what elevation has snow to determine where to go play in it.
When it is real low, people enjoy sled riding in the Frasier Park area and if there hasn’t been snow for a while you may have to head up to Big Bear.
Recently there was a winter storm which dropped snow so low, Palmdale got blanketed which inspired us to enjoy a snow day.
Most Angelinos don’t have snow chains so you can simply wait for the storm to pass and some clear weather to drive to the snow, without driving through the snow.
Based on snow levels and road conditions, we chose Mt. Baldy which is about 50 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles.
We borrowed a sled from a buddy but saw people were able to use the floor mats from their cars for a poor mans version.
On the way up to the slopes there are two areas to pull off and play.
The first is better for smaller children with gentle slope and few rocks.
The second, area is just past a campground with steep slopes and a lot of powder for making snowmen, snow angels, sledding and across the street is a trail which leads to a waterfall in case you want to break in some snowshoes.
There is no gas up on the mountain but there is food.
We didn’t feel like buying the kids snow pants just for a one-day visit so we brought clothes for them to change into for the ride home.
A thermos of hot chocolate helps make the winter wonderland that much more enjoyable.
Snow days are not remarkable but we Angelinos are proud of our ability to VISIT the snow meaning we can go up the mountain enjoy the snow and go home where we never have to deal with it while driving to work.
We marked the map with several spots which usually see some snow in winter.