Few places in the world offer as much proximity to the mountains, ocean, and cityscapes as Southern California (SoCal). Here, you have the opportunity to experience all three between sunrise and happy hour, giving rise to an ambitious, but attainable, endeavor called the California Trifecta. The feat involves surfing, skateboarding, and skiing or snowboarding on the same day, and there’s no better place to start or finish your trifecta than Big Bear Mountain Resort.

If you’re thinking about adding the California Trifecta to your bucket list, here are a few of our favorite local spots to surf, skate, and ski/ride.
Sea you on the coast

SoCal is renowned for its perfect weather, gorgeous Pacific coastline, and consistent year-round waves. Chase the sunrise surf to start your Trifecta day as early as 6AM and get in a few hours of surf before grabbing a Cali breakfast burrito and hitting the skate park.

Popular Surf Spots

  • Malibu – Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach
  • Manhattan Beach – El Porto
  • Venice Beach – Breakwater

Orange County

  • Huntington Beach – North or South Pier
  • San Clemente – Lower Trestles, San Onofre, T-Street

San Diego

  • Encinitas – Cardiff Reef
  • La Jolla – Windandsea Beach

The daily grind

After a morning in the water, it’s time to head to the (concrete) jungle. SoCal is the birthplace of skateboarding, so it's only natural for the best skateparks in the world to be found here.

Popular Skate Spots

  • Venice Beach Skatepark

Orange County
  • Vans Skate Parks (Huntington Beach & Orange)

San Diego
  • Encinitas "Poods" Park
  • Inland Empire
  • Redlands Skatepark

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Snowboard, Skate, and Surf in 24 Hours

Jordan Small's California Trifecta

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Snowboard, Skate, and Surf in 24 Hours

Jordan Small's California Trifecta

Head for the Mountains

Big Bear Mountain Resort’s (BBMR) three properties – Snow Valley (peak 7,841 feet), Snow Summit (peak 8,200 feet), and Bear Mountain (peak 8,805 feet) – have Southern California’s best snow conditions and most rideable terrain, including the region’s largest beginner areas, highest lift-served peak, and only halfpipes, plus award-winning terrain parks and plenty of can’t-miss après, all less than 100 miles from the coast.

Want to extend your stay? Check out Night Sessions at Snow Valley and Snow Summit on select dates.

All BBMR winter lift tickets are valid for same-day use at all three resorts, excluding Night Sessions. To add Night Session access to your day ticket, stop by the ticket windows during your visit.
Buy Now, Ride Now

Start planning your California Trifecta this spring by grabbing a BBMR or Ikon Pass or booking lift tickets in advance. Get your season pass between March and April to ski or ride at Snow Valley, Snow Summit, and Bear Mountain for the rest of this season and all of next winter for the lowest prices of the season. Ski or snowboard at least 5 times this spring and your pass will pay for itself before next season even starts.

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