Mt. Baldy is a true secret in Southern California. In fact, I have mixed feelings even mentioning it here; however...here goes: Mt. Baldy(Mt. San Antonio) is the highest mountain in Los Angeles County, at just over 10,000ft. Mt. Baldy Ski Area sits on two slightly lower peaks, facing the LA Basin. The facility is sparse but offers the biggest verticle(2100') in SoCal, and the gnarliest terrain. Why does nobody go here? Well, unlike the Big Bear/Arrowhead region, Baldy has no water source for making snow. Therefore, its opening dates are changeable, day to day, and there is virtually no trail maintenance. Hell, there are hardly trails for that matter. This suits me fine. The ski area is nearly deserted, even on weekends, and I'm fond of natural conditions and steeps. If that's not you, think twice. I highly recommend Baldy for expert skiers and sightseers. I do not recommend Baldy for anybody else. Snowboarders: there's almost no grooming, so unless you can rip it in the trees and bumps, head for Riverside.
Equipment: I purchased basic, straight-edge skis that I would use solely for Baldy. Rocks are everywhere, and you can take a chunk out of your ski without blinking; even separate an edge. Trashed rentals are available, but they must be at least twenty years old, and sizes are limited. Don't bother trying to rent. Or rent at Sport Chalet. I vote we trash all their skis as Sport Chalet is evil(editorial comment).
There is a bicycle path along the beach in L.A. all the way from Santa Monica to Redondo beach.
It's one very pleasant way to check out the L.A. beach front and my favorite excursion whenever i'm in town.
You can rent bikes easily along the beach if you haven't got your own bike with you and this is really a nice way to see the coastline of LA.
PERRIS VALLEY SKYDIVING SCHOOL.
Selection to chose from:
Tandem: from $209
Accelerated Freefall: from $309
Static Line: from $275
Open 7 days a week.
Weekdays 9am - 5pm
Weekends 7.30am - sunset.
Equipment: Running shoes, sandals are no good.
Remember to remove your jewellry before you kit up! Oh and empty your pockets too, even if they do give you a suit to wear.
This is a follow-up to the main Mt. Baldy skiing tip. I wanted to include this picture of some of Baldy's extreme terrain and diving fall-lines. This is off the parking lot lift...
Equipment: As for equipment...well, if you fall, you'll just lose it.
The Los Angeles Marathon is run every March through the streets of LA. Runners from all over the globe turn out for the event. Participants are motivated by the spectators lined up all along the 26 mile route cheering them on their way. Parking alone most of the route isn’t as difficult as thought to be, but it is expensive to park near the finish line where the majority of the activity can be found. If you’re in the LA area during the marathon it can be a lot of fun to join the crowds in the streets along the course.
There are lots of opportunities to take a day snorkel trip. Most boats you can sign onto from Dive Shops throughout the area. Most trips leave from either San Pedro or Ventura harbor and venture out towards Catalina or the Channel Islands.
Equipment: Equipment can be organized by the dive shop who organizes the trip. The only equipment really needed is beer for the return trip.
In Venice Beach you can burn some calories if this is the way for you to enjoy holidays. You can try any water sport of course but there are also some beach volley courts, and many paths for jogging, or you can just ride along the path with your rollers or bicycle. There’s even an outdoor gym where we saw some really funny people trying hard to exercise under the hot sun. Pic 1 shows a guy doing some tricks but pic 2 shows the funny finale :)
If you like skateboard you will be very happy too, there is a huge skateboarding spot with several loops (pic 3) to break your bones. We saw some really good ones but the star of the day was this small one on pic 4, he’s very talented.
If you just want to do sport watching don’t miss the Dodger Stadium for a baseball match of LA Dodgers! They even have a stadium tour. It has about 60,000 seats capacity and it is located at 1000 Elsyian Park. check their site: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com
For the NBA fans, there’s no other place like the Staples Center of course, the home of LA Lakers. Staples Center is located at 111 S.Figueros Street, one block away from the Pico Metro Station.
UCLA has collected more men's collegiate basketball titles (11) than any other school in the country. 10 of those came under the guidance of the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden who still attends many home games at Pauley Pavilion. If you're a fan of collge hoops then a trip to Pauley, even if a game isn't scheduled, is a must. Just to walk in and see all of the championshiop banners (including one for the women and two that note the many men's and women's collegiate volleyball titles) is an experience worth the visit. The day we last went to a game the Bruins were ranked No. 1 in the nation and were playing the University of Washington.
Tickets to games can be difficult to get, especially when the Bruins are playing Pac-10 conference foes. However there are always "ticket sellers" around the Pauley exterior and along the walkway from the parking garage to the venue. A ticket can always be had for the right price!
There are a lot of places to kayak in SoCal but one of the best, in my opinion, is on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. The company that rents kayaks here is called Kayaks on the Water. They are fairly reasonably priced and offer single and double kayaks. They charge by the hour.
The area available for exploring on your kayak has a lot of variety and is easily managed for a beginner or experienced kayaker. Certain times of the year, in one area of the bay, there are jelly fish that you can visit. Be sure to ask when you rent the kayak if it is jelly fish time or not. They will tell you how to get to them.
The best area for exploring is the Naples area. This is a section of fancy homes that sticks out into the bay. Instead of streets they have canals which are pleasant places to kayak through. Especially on weekdays, this area is quiet and very relaxing.
The only problem with this company and many others in the area is that, particularly during the summer, they tend to hire local kids who are not exactly enthusiastic or very knowledgable so act accordingly. I've always had a good experience with this company but maybe I've just been lucky.
Equipment: You have to leave your driver's license when you rent the kayak, which always makes me more than a little nervous but considering you're taking out about $300-500 worth of their equipment, you have to leave something of value in its place so it makes sense. (You don't pay for your rental until you return because you pay by the hour.) You also leave your shoes, so don't wear your favorite pair. They'll be sitting on the beach while you're out having fun. Also be sure to bring some spare change in addition to your money to pay for the kayaks. If you can't find a spot to park on the street, there is a parking lot a few blocks west of the beach that has meters so you need some coins.
What I've done in the past, is put my money and driver's license in a baggie and seal it up. Luckily, I've never fallen off the kayak into the bay but my best friend did and her cell phone got drenched. Baggies are handy little things to bring for this type of adventure.
You should also bring sunglasses and sunscreen although if you go early in the morning, esp. in the Spring, you might not need either.
When you're renting the kayak be sure to ask about a map of the bay. I've seen visitors to the area borrowing nice big waterproof maps along with their kayak.
Stub Hub Center (formerly the Home Depot Center)
This is the premier place to see the L.A. Galaxy and other special soccer games in the U.S. The MLS finals were held here in November '04. Besides sport games, there have been concerts here as well. back when it was the Home Depot Center, The Dave Matthews Band has performed to tens of thousands packing in capacity crowds. Check website for current schedule.
Equipment: A sun visor and a pair of glasses for day events and a jacket for the night.
Oh, and also $10-20 for parking!!
I have never been a big soccer fan. I dont know why, but i just never got too into it. As you can see from my pictures i am more of a basketball, football, baseball fan. But when our good friends Manny and Marisela invited us to go to a Galaxy vs Chivas game I was really excited. I had never been to a professional soccer game and I wanted to check it out.
Needless to say, i had a great time. It didnt matter who one to me but the game was good.
We also had a good dinner and drinks at the stadium club. It you can get in there, have a Kobe Burger. Its really good and inexpensive.
I cant wait to go to my next soccer game.
Equipment: The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development in Carson, California, featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and other sports. Designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site," The Home Depot Center is the nation's most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes.
The Home Depot Center is home to three professional sports teams - Major League Soccer's 2005 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy; Club Deportivo (CD) Chivas USA; and Major League Lacrosse's (MLL) Los Angeles Riptide.
While eating and drinking in the Stadium Club the Chivas girls walk around, take pictures with fans, and give out free Chiva Souveniers. Epsecially if you are drinking Chivas. We got all kinds of stuff. It was a fun night!
The Rose Bowl is home to some of the most famous football (US) games, but none more than the college games played on New year's Day.
Following the internationaly famous Tournament of Roses parade (first started in 1890) down Colorado Blvd on New Years Day, in Pasadena, the stadium hosts the "Grandady of the Bowl Games."
Equipment: For watching a game in the winter even in CA, a warm coat or sweater is suggested.
Don't however try to bring large back packs or noise makers to the game. They are no longer allowed.
They're not in Los Angeles... but they're close enough. I love watching games here. The stadium is just a few years old and what I love most about the place is how easy it is to access from the freeway.
There's always a good crowd of loyal Angels fans. It looks like a sea of red when there's a packed crowd.
Great thing about baseball games if you've never been to one is how cheap it is. $15 oughta get you seats in the cheap-seats section... where the real fans sit (or at least that's what the cheap people like to say to make ourselves feel better).
Equipment: Where red... you'll fit in.
Have u ever seen the biggest waves in O.C. ?
Make a trip to The Wedge! It's located in Newport Beach
If u wanna know hoe to get there os if u wanna know how big the waves get visit
Or just ask surfers in Newport Beach!
Equipment: If u do bodyboarding bring your Bodyboard
But only if u can handl this kind of waves *g*
And don't forget to bring a camera!!!!
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