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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Sand Sledding at the Hermosa Beach Pier Sand Berms

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:

Sand Sledding in Hermosa Beach Los Angeles
People sliding down the artificial dune in Hermosa Beach

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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