Mt Baldy

Mt Baldy

Mt Baldy

Mt Baldy

Mt. Baldy

It’s true,  only in California can you play in the snow in the mountains for the morning then watch the sun set at the beach, all in the same day.  We live fairly close to Malibu Beach, and though I have been to Big Bear, I have never been to Mt Baldy.  Surprisingly, this Mountain is pretty close to us at a mere 70 miles.  For me, that’s fairly close to drive to the mountains to see snow.  The drive to Mt. Baldy was not too bad, though traffic was unusually bad that Saturday. The roads weren’t as scary as the roads to Big Bear, so I felt like it’s an easier drive. Mt Baldy felt hundreds of miles away from the city but it was a really short drive.  When we reached the base of the mountain, there was a little shop where you can purchase lift tickets and lessons.  It was a tiny shop, so don’t expect to find full snow gear there.  There are plenty of other shops in the village and nearby city, all within a short drive.  There were no snow on the base, and the shop attendant said this year was actually one of the worst season for snow, while last year was one of the best.  We had my 2 year old with us, and to get to the summit via chair lift, there was a height minimum of 40 inches. So off me and my 6 year old to the summit.  That was our first time on the chair lift, and if you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend doing this.  I am afraid of falling off, though not necessarily of height, and while on the chair lift, I almost had a panic attack. That ride was the longest, terrifying ride I have ever been on, which lasted about 20 minutes (one way!)  It didn’t help that below me were jagged rocks instead of soft snow. Once in the summit, there was a restaurant where you can buy tubing tickets.  My 6 year old played in the snow and also tubed, which was well worth the chair lift.  The ride down was even more terrifying because you are looking down as you descend.  I learned that day that skiing and anything chair lift related is not my thing.  I would rather go on a resort with snow than ride a chair lift.  Mt Baldy was a new and fun experience, chair lift and all.  I may do it again, one day.