We San Diegans have it pretty great: mild weather year round, beautiful beaches, and tons of things to do. And while our little slice of paradise can’t be called a winter wonderland, there are a ton of great ways to celebrate winter before it’s beach season again.

Here are some our fav ways to get a taste of winter fun in and around SoCal.

Plan a snow day

For true snow bunnies, SoCal has more options than you may think—and some of the most popular ski resorts in Southern California are located within just a few hours drive. Take a scenic drive 125+ miles north of La Jolla, and you can be knee deep in fresh powder at Big Bear Mountain Resort or Snow Valley Resort in the San Bernardino National Forest by afternoon.

If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing but you’d still like to experience the other side of the seasons, try heading to the quaint town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto mountains. Bring along the family to hike, camp, or even shop with a gorgeous, wintry backdrop.

Pack your picnic basket for some epic sights

One of our favorite ways to take in the season with a special someone is packing a picnic to watch the stars. Plan in advance and you could view an upcoming meteor shower or other astronomy event. Hint: best viewing is typically out in the desert areas well east of the coast—there’s less chance for clouds and lower population means less light pollution in the night sky. Just bring something warm as temperatures drop quickly at famed desert star viewing spots such as Joshua Tree National Monument.

If you’re wanting an outing with the whole family, try heading to the coast for some seasonal whale watching. Gray whales tend to make an appearance during the winter months.

Go ice skating

Ready to live and breathe the Winter Olympics? Watch this year’s competition for some inspiration and then head over to the UTC Ice Sports Center or Viejas Casino & Resort for some freestyle ice skating. If you prefer to leave skating to the pros, head over to see the San Diego Gulls play some hockey.

Come cool down with us at LJCSC

Our favorite way to cool down (that will also help reduce those post-holiday bulges) is CoolSculpting. No surgery, no downtime, and great results!

What’s more? Our CoolSculpting offerings are better than ever with “tri-sculpting”! We have three machines which means we can target three areas at once.

If you’re ready to prep for bikini weather, come freeze with us! Contact us to learn more about this unique option to feeling more confident than ever in 2018! As always, our consults are 100% FREE!

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