Winter in Southern California

student snowboarding
We had over a foot of fresh powder coat the mountain for our arrival. I couldn't believe snowboarding in southern California could be this good! And not having to drive there was the best! – participant

Ski & Ride Bear Mountain

Join us for some fresh powder as we hit the slopes of Big Bear Mountain.  Sponsored in part by Residential Life and the Torero Program Board, this trip is an opportunity you will not want to pass up whether you have been raised on the slopes or this is one of your first times strapping on skis. 

Bear Mountain is home to 12 lifts and is the birthplace of the modern terrain park movement. There is freestyle terrain with jumps, rails, half pipes, and more.  The most impressive snow park feature is the new Red Bull Plaza, which resembles an urban terrain setting. If you need a break from the daily grind of classes and homework, grab your board and get ready for a thrilling day of speed and snow.

Bear Mountain:

  • Bear Peak: 8,805 ft
  • 17 miles of terrain
  • 18-foot high Superpipe wall that's more than 600 feet long

$50: USD Students 21 years and younger
$70: 22 years and older

Snowshoe Mount San Jacinto

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the World's Largest Rotating Tramcar, from Palm Springs (Elevation 2,643 ft) and end at the Mountain Station (elevation 8, 516 ft) in a winter wonderland. Spend the day snowshoeing, cross country skiing or sledding amongst towering pines.

After a breath-taking 12 minute ride up the tram, we are transported a world away. Towering pines, granite boulders, colder temperatures and snow greet us upon our arrival at mountain station. We will spend the day exploring at a leisurely pace enjoying our time in the mountains. This trip will not attempt to summit Mount San Jacinto, but we will explore this beautiful state park.


$25: resident students
$40: non-resident student

Includes transportation, snowshoes, ticket for the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and student guides. Does not include lunch.

Bear Mountain Ski Trip

students skiing at Bear Mountain

Current Information

Contact Information

Outdoor Adventures
Hahn University Center 136
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4709

Office Hours

M-F 10a.m.. – 5p.m.