Mt. Baldy is the closest ski area to Los Angeles, located only 45 miles from the city in the San Gabriel Mountains. This makes Baldy a favorite for Los Angeles residents who head up to Baldy to ski on the weekends or take a quick run after work. If you’re from out of town and you want to see what all the fuss is about, you’re going to need Mt. Baldy lodging. Of course, with its proximity to Los Angeles, you could stay at any number of chain hotels in northern LA. But if you’re going to Baldy, you might as well stay somewhere a little closer with a little more atmosphere. That means staying at Mt. Baldy Lodge on the mountain in the center of Mt. Baldy Village.

Mt Baldy Lodge

Mt Baldy Lodge offers 8 cabins that skiers can rent. The Lodge is a scant five minutes’ drive from the slopes, but the convenience isn’t the only reason to stay here. The larger cabins can sleep up to four people comfortably with two queen beds. Other cabins have a queen and a twin for guests to rest in. The cabins are comfortable and cozy with a heater and a fireplace. If you want to take advantage of the wood burning fireplace, make sure to bring your own firewood. The Lodge does not have any firewood on hand.

Mt Baldy Lodge does have a restaurant and bar on site which is great for some après ski drinks after you’ve had your day on the slopes. Make sure to hit the restaurant for breakfast at least once. The homemade cinnamon rolls and overnight blueberry French toast are worth the drive alone.

Staying in Los Angeles

If you want to stay in the city, the closest Mt. Baldy lodging to the lifts is the DoubleTree by Hilton in Claremont.  One of the perks of staying at a Doubletree hotel is the fresh chocolate chip cookies on check in (and other times if you ask nicely). This chain hotel offers fashionably appointed rooms that can sleep up to four with two queens. There is also a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool to relax after you’ve come back from the slopes. While a day of skiing is its own exercise, if you need to work out a little more, the Doubletree has a fitness center that’s free for guests.

There are hundreds of hotels in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills with tons of options for skiers looking for Mt. Baldy lodging. From chain hotels to quaint little bed and breakfasts, travelers are sure to find something within their price point. All of these hotels are going to have a gorgeous view of the mountains to the north with a great sunrise cresting to the east. Don’t forget to check with your chosen Mt. Baldy lodging to see if they have any ski and stay packages as well. These are a great way to save money on your lift tickets; when you get them bundled in with your room, you’re halfway to a great skiing vacation.