Last Updated on June 10, 2023
Most people who enjoy winter sports look forward for the first snow of the year in order to go enjoy skiing and sledding, but not in Southern California.
In Los Angeles, winter sledding is done at the beach, where every year around Thanksgiving large sand berms are built as a form of protection from strong winds and waves.
Yet, these artificial sand hills have a secondary, more important function: fun! Kids and adults of all ages enjoy heading to the beach with plastic sleds and toboggans and attempt gliding down the sandy slopes.
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LA Beach Winter Sledding 2022
Construction of the sand berms on most beaches started last week on November 24th (Thanksgiving) and is usually finished by the weekend.
There are several locations where sand sledding can be practiced in LA and around Socal, and the berms are usually taken down in late February or early March.
Some of the most popular beaches where you can practice this fun activity are:
- Hermosa Beach, Hermosa Avenue & 33rd Street, CA 90254
- Venice Beach, 2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
- Zuma Beach, 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
- Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park, Bell Ave. & 33rd St., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
- Dockweiler State Beach, 12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Alternatively, it is possible to practice sand sledding year-round in Malibu, on a huge natural sandhill in Point Mugu, located on the east end of Thornhill Broome Beach. California also has plenty of options for sandboarding outside of LA, such as the beach dunes near Oceano and Pismo Beach, or the desert dunes of the Mojave desert.
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